Sometimes even shaking your head doesn’t cut it from the completely wacked out words coming out of activists’ mouths. Everett D. Mitchell, the Director of University of Wisconsin-Madison Community Relations, was recently discussing “best policing practices” on a panel when he stated that people who steal from Walmart shouldn’t be prosecuted.
“I just don’t think they should be prosecuting cases for people who steal from Wal-Mart. I don’t think that. I don’t think that Target, and all them other places – the big boxes that have insurance – they should be using the people that steal from there as justification to start engaging in aggressive police behavior.” Everett Mitchell
Now think about this for a minute. Mr. Mitchell is a community leader, a black pastor, AND an attorney. Just because the big stores “have insurance,” doesn’t mean that people who steal from them aren’t committing a crime.
Yes, police sometimes “engage in aggressive behavior,” especially when adrenaline takes over. But so do looters. It’s pretty “aggressive” to see people smash windows and run into stores to steal anything they can get their hands on, and vandalize merchandise on the way through.
Activists’ backward thinking
In their cause against “aggressive police behavior,” now someone wants it to be fine for people to steal from the large discount stores like WalMart and Target. Looting is THEFT, so is shoplifting. It is against the law.
Thefts reportedly cost Walmart a whopping $3 Billion per year in a 2007 article, just in shoplifting alone. They released a policy that year which stated they would no longer prosecute minor cases of shoplifting, according to the Toronto Star. Of course, that’s not counting major spates of looting.
A Flat-Screen TV here, a computer there, a shopping cart full of merchandise that leaks out the door without paying. What’s another electronic device? Gosh the insurance will pay for it. Who cares?
The insurance companies and the stores are bleeding money… lots of it.
Your property matters
This kind of behavior teaches these people that other people’s property is irrelevant and doesn’t matter. If they can steal from Walmart or Target, they can steal from your yard, or your house, or your car with the same disregard for others. They say they have the “right” to “better policing” that leaves them alone to do as they please.
Is that “better policing? Or is it anarchy?