George Orwell said, in so many words:
People sleep peaceably in their beds at night only because rough men stand ready to do violence on their behalf.
Those "rough men" aren't only soldiers. Police fit that description too, and are indispensable in any modern society. However . . . if the society for and within which they work won't support them, why should they "stand ready" on its behalf?
That's a question law enforcement officers in California must be asking themselves today.
Gov. Gavin Newsom signed a bill striking down a law that makes it a crime to refuse a police officer’s request for help.
The California Posse Comitatus Act of 1872 made it a misdemeanor for any “able-bodied person 18 years of age or older” to refuse a police officer’s call for assistance in making an arrest.
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Senate Bill 192, sponsored by Sen. Bob Hertzberg, D-Los Angeles, removes the law from the books. Hertzberg called the law “a vestige of a bygone era” that subjects citizens to “an untenable moral dilemma.”
The bill was opposed by the California State Sheriff’s Association, which said in a statement, “There are situations in which a peace officer might look to private persons for assistance in matters of emergency or risks to public safety and we are unconvinced that this statute should be repealed.”
Newsom did not issue a statement when he signed the bill into law.
There's more at the link.
So, an officer pursuing a dangerous suspect may get into a fight, possibly involving lethal weapons. He's fighting for his life, possibly against multiple opponents; yet the citizens he's sworn to protect and serve are no longer obliged to do anything except look on passively, watching as he's injured or killed, even if he screams for help? Is this today's light entertainment, or something?
If I were a cop in California, this would be all the incentive I needed to pack my bags and head for a state, and a community, that offered me more support to protect and serve them.