Last week, a chock-full-of-cringe scene appeared on the Facebook page of the Lincoln, Nebraska Police Department when they revealed an undercover operation they masterminded.
Cops put on clown makeup and attended the May 10th Insane Clown Posse concert in Lincoln, only to bust people and hand out tickets. According to their information however, they didn’t do much.
The heading of their post reads:
“CONCERT ASSIGNMENT!! Center Team Officers worked an undercover assignment at a downtown concert. With a packed house…
The Juggalo family showed Clown Love for all, but there were a few “Juffaloes” who didn’t get it…5 tickets written, everyone home safe.”
CONCERT ASSIGNMENT!! Center Team Officers worked an undercover assignment at a downtown concert. With a packed…
Most of the comments trolled the police, typical of this kind of announcement on a department’s Facebook page, in the same fashion as what happens to department posts proudly displaying small cannabis busts.
One commenter pointed out that at nearly all events and concerts in Lincoln, Nebraska, they send undercover cops to surveil the area. This is a characteristic problem of similar events held in American cities dotted across the South and Midwest in particular. The comment reads:
“So all these commenters don’t know there are always officers in uniform and in plain clothes at all concerts and large events that occur in Lincoln?”
Almost appreciative of the fact that these undercovers didn’t have a worse attitude, many of the comments were not even in disagreement with this. That’s unfortunately the same thing as Stockholm Syndrome: an attitude like hey, at least they didn’t shoot any innocent people or dogs.
Police Department Facebook pages are known to attempt public relations by busting people with plants, and getting rolled over by trolls.
For example, last September this kid’s mugshot was posted by the Lincolnton, North Carolina police department because he was arrested and charged with “PWISD”: possession of a controlled substance with the intent to manufacture, sell or deliver, which means probably less than an ounce of cannabis.
Fox 46 Charlotte hilariously reported that the Lincolnton, North Carolina police department dropped from to a 2.1 rated star police department on the page from a 5 star rating over the course of 2 days.
The response from that department was predictable. They responded:
“If you read the one star reviews you will notice we are being attacked because we enforce the drug laws of North Carolina. So basically the pro-drug crowd is rating us one star for doing our jobs. We see this as a good thing.”
They quietly removed the page’s rating system.
Every single week there is a new story about police brutality, or police making a fool out of themselves somehow. It isn’t out of pointless disrespect that this article recognizes that. However, the enforcer of an unjust law is just as morally culpable as the people who made the law.
In other words, the people enforcing the law are a critical component of the law functioning and people being physically incarcerated and punished for things that don’t hurt anybody, and therefore in my opinion should be legal.
That means the police should be responded to just like anybody else locking a person in a cage when they follow orders.