Doing without the police

Interesting to explore some episodes when the police were off duty to see what happened, promoted by the editorial in The Spectator, speculating that the wealthy would organize private security, well-armed people in the US would defend themselves and the poor would suffer. This has been well-documented for major riots of this kind in the recent past.

Boston 1919The strike prompted a lot of property damage but did not seriously endanger the safety of the community-partly due to the quick response of the government. Calvin Coolidge, governor of Massachusetts at the time, called out the militia to assist Harvard students and faculty who were acting as a volunteer force. (He later used the incident to boost himself to the presidency.) 

Victoria 1923. On the eve of the Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival in November 1923, half the police force in Melbourne went on strike[1] over the operation of a supervisory system using labour spies. Riots and looting followed as crowds poured forth from Flinders Street railway station on the Friday and Saturday nights and made their way up Elizabeth and Swanston Streets, smashing shop windows, looting, and overturning trams.

Constables on point duty were jeered at and harassed by people until they retreated to the Town Hall, where the crowd taunted them to come out.[10] Tramways staff and uniformed sailors helped to direct traffic in the absence of police.

A request by the Premier to the Federal Government for troops to prevent and put down trouble was refused, however Sir Harry Chauvel and other army chiefs appointed guards on defence establishments. Over the weekend five thousand volunteer ‘special constables’ were sworn in to restore order, under the direction of Sir John Monash at the Melbourne Town Hall and led by AIF veterans and CMF officers. They were identified by badges and armbands.

The rioting and looting was quickly attributed to Melbourne’s criminal element by all of Melbourne’s newspapers, but subsequent court records show that most of the offenders who were apprehended were young men and boys without criminal histories. 

Baltimore 1974.   On July 7, police launched a campaign of intentional misbehavior and silliness; on July 11 they began a formal strike. The department reported an increase in fires and looting, and the understaffed BPD soon received support from Maryland State Police.

Ecuador  2010. The 2010 Ecuador crisis took place on 30 September 2010, when elements of the National Police blockaded highways, occupied the National Parliament, blocked the Mariscal Sucre International Airport in Quito[1] and the José Joaquín de Olmedo International Airport in Guayaquil,[2] and took over TV Ecuador’s station,[3] in what they claimed was a strike to oppose a government-sponsored law that supposedly reduced their benefits.[4] Unrest and looting was reported in seven provincial capitals of the country due to the lack of law enforcement.[5]

Argentina 2013The looting began on 3 December in Cordoba, Argentina’s second-largest city, when the provincial police force went on strike. More than 1,000 stores were robbed, hundreds of people were injured and one person was killed. 

Forces in 20 of Argentina’s 24 provinces followed the example of their colleagues in Cordoba, inviting widespread robbery and violence. Opportunistic members of the public “broke through shop windows and wrenched open doors to load up wheelbarrows and horse-drawn carriages with food, clothing and furniture”. By 11 December, most governors had settled with their police forces, offering salary raises of as much as 45%.[6] In many of these cases, lootings were carried out by organized criminals on motorcycles or by foot, who broke in different neighborhoods to steal anything they could find around them. They carried firearms and sticks, among other items.[7]

As a result of the numerous riots and looting in most districts, 18 deaths were recorded (although this is not an official figure)[8] and hundreds injured, especially due to armed clashes taking place in the Tucumán Province.

The only districts where no protests and looting were reported are the Autonomous City of Buenos AiresSanta Cruz Province and Santiago del Estero Province.[1]

London 1918. The swiftness of the strike and the solidarity of the men shocked the government. By the next day, 30 August, 12,000 men were on strike, virtually the entire complement of men in the Metropolitan Force. The government deployed troops at key points across the capital in response and its priority was to end the strike. Prime Minister Lloyd George, who had been in France when the strike started, called a meeting on the 31st with the executive of NUPPO, and the strike was settled that same day. 

And many more.

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23 Responses to Doing without the police

  1. stackja says:

    USA police have an enemy.
    USA Democrats.

  2. Ed Case says:

    The lesson is that Public Sector workers should not be allowed to form Unions.
    All they do is feather their own nests at everyone else’s expense, the cops above all.

  3. Tim Neilson says:

    I don’t have a link, but I remember being told that during the 1920’s police strike in Melbourne the only shop in Bourke Street that wasn’t looted was Kozminsky the joueller, because the Kozminskys took turns sitting at the front window with a shotgun 24 hours a day till law and order was restored.

    Now they’d lose their gun licence for doing that.

  4. Chris M says:

    USA police have an enemy. USA Democrats.

    Oh, that’s why they been killing them. Like Planned Parenthood but for adults.

  5. Bronson says:

    When the politicians and the power elite give up their police and security protection then maybe you could consider their proposition.

  6. Fair Shake says:

    As Reg the wise would say “What has history ever done for us?”

    “ yeah yeah besides housing, education , sanitation, law and order, transport systems, the roads, aqueducts, public baths, hospitals, constitution, national sovereignty, defence, technology, science, religion, nutrition, living longer healthier lives and the arts…what has history ever done for us?”

  7. egg_ says:

    With such a headline – have we reached peak insanity, yet?

  8. Chris M says:

    Together with the disbanding we the citizens will need the same self defence equipment of course.
    As Ed Driscoll says “Gun opponents would leave predatory cops armed and their victims helpless.”

  9. mh says:

    So if a serial killer turns up in CHAZ, who they gonna call?

  10. rickw says:

    Police insist on disarming citizens, then we’re supposed to be surprised that things go haywire when they visibly withdraw their protection?

    Citizens should have a right to own arms for self defence, provided they haven’t extinguished that right through criminal activity.

    None of this is that complex or difficult.

  11. theleftfootkick says:

    Ghost Busters!

  12. Kneel says:

    Ah well, perhaps more of this is in the offing:

    A whole bunch of locals, veterans, and bikers, coordinating with the police, did full load out kit (rifles, pistols, body armour, etc.) This included night vision gear, drones, and guys posted to rooftops. Some plain clothes in cafes and such gathering Intel & photos.

    h/t: Cheifio

  13. NoFixedAddress says:

    Meanwhile some Australian police will run around booking you for absolute shit reasons.

    Sanctimonious Australian Communist Courts will piss on victims of crime and let animals that should be shot out of hand go free.

    That Milat was allowed to live is an indictment of so called Australian Justice.

  14. Spider says:

    What the looting demonstrates in the examples above and with the recent riots in America is what a thin verneer there is that keeps civil society from descending into chaos. Scratch the surface and provide some in the community with opportunity to run amok unhampered and they’ll take it.

  15. Zyconoclast says:

    USA police have an enemy.
    USA Democrats.

    And half the population who vote for the Dems are also enemy of the police.

  16. Gerry says:

    The city police in a state is disbanded and the state police take over….Johnny Appleseed in the country town pays for the policing in the city. The policing in the city means he barely sees a policeman …….should work well.

  17. Penguinite says:

    Poets and their accoutrement (AKA books) will be the first to go should Marxism ever take hold

  18. Al says:

    This is how it works without police…

    Seems fair! What could go wrong…

  19. yarpos says:

    Monty Python had this sorted out decades ago

  20. Professor Fred Lenin says:

    I hope abolishing police doesnt mean our capable leaders and their academic colleagues going without protection from antifa communist fascist anarchist thugs bent on destroying society ?
    Love to see a bunch of black gangstas mug the Milwaukee city council socialist heroes , wonder how the msm would handle that if it got out on twatter and facelook ?

  21. Professor Fred Lenin says:

    Bye the way , sex offences against socialist women in the new communist gangsta republic have increased threefold,wonder why?

  22. Zatara says:

    Police insist on disarming citizens, then we’re supposed to be surprised that things go haywire when they visibly withdraw their protection?

    Police don’t insist on it. The law written by politicians in a feeling but unthinking knee jerk reaction demands it.

    Citizens should have a right to own arms for self defence, provided they haven’t extinguished that right through criminal activity.

    Indeed, but that’s common sense and it doesn’t play well with politicians who legislate via the winds of emotion and feelings.

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