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Miami-Dade Police Union Boss Tells Residents to Buy Guns for Protection If the Mayor Cuts Budget—They're Both Good Ideas on Their Own

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Wherever there's a budget cut being proposed or implemented somewhere in this country, there's someone who benefits personally from that spending ready to make any kind of claim and engage in any kind of fearmongering that could possibly keep his gravy train from getting derailed.

In Miami-Dade, Florida, the mayor has proposed cutting $64 million in police funding in his latest budget (PDF). The cut is projected to cost 250 police jobs, provided the union isn't willing to compromise with the government. It would involve disbanding units including tactical narcotics, special response, and something called a "Sport Unit."

The union boss, naturally, is not interested in compromising with the county government. Instead he's warning residents of lawlessness (and not from his cops).

Via WSVN in Miami:

John Rivera, president of the Miami-Dade Police Benevolent Association, said, "If the mayor's not going to provide security, then my recommendation, as an experienced law enforcement officer for nearly 40 years, is either buy yourself an attack dog, put bars on your windows and doors and get yourself some firearms because you're going to have to protect yourselves. We won't be able to."

Rivera inadvertently gave good advice whether or not the mayor goes through with the cuts. The Supreme Court has ruled previously that police officers don't have any specific obligation or duty to protect any specific person. As seen by the variety of specialized units under threat from the cuts, the police in Miami-Dade appear to spend a lot of time doing the kind of police work that doesn't specifically relate to maintaining anyone's personal safety—things like narcotics unit actually have the opposite effect.

A few years ago Michael Bloomberg suggested cops go on strike until the gun control laws in this country become stricter, as if police violence wasn't a problem. Mike Riggs' response works here too.

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  1. Win-win!
    Better protection, lower cost! Why not spread that around?

  2. Oh, and fewer dead dogs! Win-win-win!

    1. There’s no guarantee that they’ll shoot fewer dogs even if they reduce the force, so you’d better get several attack dogs to allow for attrition.

  3. Like those cuts will actually happen. Get a gun anyway, Florida Man.

  4. There are many reasons I’m glad I no longer work in Miami. The incompetence of government and the frightening police department are up near the top. Fort Lauderdale may not be a paradise, but it’s better than that.

  5. “…because you’re going to have to protect yourselves. We won’t be able to.”

    Since when did cops protect anyone? They respond to crimes after they have already been committed, file a report if you are lucky, and do some investigating if you’ve got connections. The only people they protect are themselves.

    1. Does this guy realize everything he is saying is utter crap? Surely he doesn’t expect to be believed, right?

      1. No one likes sarcasmic. The only reason we don’t ban him is because his cousin runs the place or some shit.

      2. I can tell you’ve never been mugged or had your home broken into. I have. Cops don’t do shit.

    2. I gambled on pronouns and lost, apparently. I was agreeing with sarcasmic and referring to the bs of the police union guy

      1. gotcha

  6. Related:
    The kid with the toy gun murdered by the cop? Well, the “expert witness” makes a living instructing cops and testifying for them:

    “Expert witness in toy-gun case has history of siding with police”
    http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/…..614736.php

    Note the DA claimed the guy was “independent”.
    And note the lefties in the comments are solidly behind the cops.
    The family will likely end up with money out of the deal, but the cop will go on to collect his ‘hard earned’ pension, I’m sure. I mean it’s tough killing kids, right?

    1. I want much, much, much more admission of “expert witness” credibility. You can bet that if I end up on a jury, that’s the part of the cross-ex I’ll be listening to very carefully.

  7. More fear mongering from the assholes in blue. They do the same shit here in north florida. Whenever someone talks about police cuts they scare the shit out of the elderly and the weak with tales of blacks running up and down the streets killing and raping whites. Shit is toxic.

  8. I don’t think it’s intended to scare ordinary people into thinking they need guns (I doubt they count on cops much if they live crime-prone areas anyway) so much as it is to scare the upper and upper-middle class liberals by suggesting that the commoners will be getting guns. They’re the ones with the money anyway.

  9. An armed society is a polite society. Horrid mischief continues in big cities where most people are unarmed in public.

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