We Must Have Police Departments

Fargo Glass & Paint employees board up windows Thursday, June 4, on the Fargo Police headquarters in preparation for possible rioting Friday. Michael Vosburg / Forum Photo Editor

MINOT, N.D. — There is a movement afoot to disband or defund America’s police departments.

This is a gross overreaction, one that threatens the progress we could make on law enforcement reform in this moment of American history.

Absent the police, who will we call when someone breaks into our home? Or attacks one of us in a dark parking lot? Or opens fire in a crowded shopping mall?

“If men were angels, no government would be necessary,” James Madison (or perhaps Alexander Hamilton) wrote in Federalist 51.

We are not angels. We need government to make laws.

What good are laws without law enforcement?

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Rob Port is the editor of SayAnythingBlog.com, a columnist for the Forum News Service, and host of the Plain Talk Podcast which you can subscribe to by clicking here.

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