Los Angeles, California, USA – July 31, 2020 – Crime races out of control with no end in sight. Fox News reported that murders across the United States are exploding. They cited Minneapolis – up 85%, Chicago – up 73%, New Orleans – up 46%, and New York – up 24%. In addition to the murders, property crimes are off the charts with costs in the billions.
All this amidst calls to defund the police.
According to Tom Monson, creator of Community Watch Administration, “Our beautiful and iconic cities across the United States are falling to anarchy and becoming crime ridden havens for criminals, encouraged by the cries to defund police.”
Much of this crime is perpetuated by violent gangs and criminals who are hiding under the banner of a humanitarian ideal of justice for people of color. Additionally, criminals are opportunity seekers and pray on easy targets and know that today there is little or no chance of them being prosecuted for their crimes.
“I’ve seen this before,” Monson said. “It’s tragic to see the folks of these once great cities hiding behind doors and barred windows trying to find safety for themselves and their frightened children. But as we have seen so many times, those innocent children are not safe. They are being murdered in record numbers, shot in their living rooms, in car seats, and playing in the park.”
“I’ve also seen folks unite to take back their communities. It isn’t easy, but when you consider the alternatives, there is no other choice – if you want to live free.”
“The final part of the equation is we have to have police. Not an occupying force, but the police as described by Robert Peel, the founder of the London Metropolitan Police Department.”
“Peel said that the people are the police and the police are the people and everyone shares responsibility of keeping our communities safe,” Monson said.
Just released, the fourth edition of his book, Community Watch Administration, the complete system for establishing a community-wide organization that is designed to work with law enforcement instead of relying on law enforcement to make a community a better place to live and work.
“At the risk of being criticized, I believe many people are abdicating their rights to live in a peaceful society. They are letting lawless mobs and criminals take control of their lives – hoping that politically driven forces will protect them,” Monson claimed.
One thing these cities all share is how the police are managed. In Portland, for example, the police chief and the mayor are the same person. In many other cities, police administrators are appointed by and report to the mayor. The end result is – instead of following proper police procedures and protocol – law enforcement is subject to the political whims of the mayor’s office. Where does that leave the good citizens of these cities?
“Living in crime-ridden havens for the lawless,” Monson said.
When law enforcement officers are given orders to stand down in front of crimes in progress, they are being told, in effect, to break the oath of office they took when they became an officer of the law. Unfortunately, very few law enforcement officials stand up to the politicians who order them to stand down.
We watched this at a Trump Rally in Oakland, California. Police officers were ordered to stand down and not protect innocent folks who just wanted to attend a political rally. A rally that was apparently in conflict with the city officials political beliefs who ordered the police to stand down.
“The officers who stood by while George Floyd was being murdered was a totally different case. In my opinion, they were also in the process of committing crimes or at the very least, dereliction of their duties and oaths of office.”
“With all this in mind, can we really rely on law enforcement to keep our streets safe?” Monson asked.
Here’s an example of an oath of office from the Elk Grove, California, Police Department, “I, (employee name), do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States and the Constitution of the State of California against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the Constitution of the United States and the Constitution of the State of California; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties upon which I am about to enter.”
When a politician orders an officer of the law to stand down in the face of crimes being committed, the politician should immediately be removed from their office. Why? Because they are breaking their sworn oath to protect the constitution of their state and the United States.
How do you get them out? Ever hear of a recall election? It’s a political option that needs to happen when politicians do not uphold their oath of office.
“I’ve never taken an “official” oath of office, but I can tell you I operate by a set of principles and have stood up to protect people when I felt their rights were being violated. More than once have I intervened in a domestic violence rescue.”
“Over the years, I’ve worked with too many police officers, sheriff’s, and deputy sheriffs to count and for the most part, I can’t believe that even a small fraction of them would stand down in the face of crime. It’s hard to understand why so many do.” Monson concluded.
Where do we go from here?
Until community members and police officials decide that they want to join forces and take back their communities, this disheartening way of life will continue.
Thirty years ago, during the devastating crime wave of the late 80s, Monson began researching, writing, and publishing Community Watch Administration, supplemental forms, handbooks, guides, and more than 30 educational videos all designed to help people take back their cities, towns, and communities.
Community Watch Administration, Forth Edition was released this month. It’s a 550 page manual that lays out a step-by-step plan to develop a non-political organization to help people take back their communities. The manual contains more than a dozen how-to sections and over a dozen lesson plans that teach people how to protect their families and their property.
For more information, go to www.crimeprevent.com.