Should a police officer serve a totalitarian state?
In Mark Mazower’s book, Hitler’s Empire – How the Nazis Ruled Europe the writer sets out how the existing police services before Nazi rule continued as police under the Nazis. While I am sure most dealt with ordinary crimes on occasion in
Western Europe and, regularly in Eastern Europe, the regular police were involved in rounding up Jews. It was frightening to Child 44 read how many Eastern European police participated in the Holocaust.
What happens to a police officer when the suspect is always guilty and only certain people are criminals?
The officer is no longer an investigator solving crime in such circumstances. He or she has become a mere agent for the state disposing of unwanted or troublesome citizens. There is no objective search for criminals causing harm.
Needle in a Haystack is set in the late 1970’s in
where the Junta is the governing dictatorship. The detective, Perro, is called to a crime scene where there are three bodies. Two of them are young people whose faces have been mutilated by multiple shots to the head. The third victim is a middle aged man who has been shot once in the stomach. Argentina
His investigation is immediately limited by the victims. He can investigate the murder of the middle aged man but only if it does not involve the other victims. The two young people have been killed by government death squads and the Junta prevents the police from investigating deaths it has caused.
What happens when the officer only investigates crimes not involving the state?
Respect for police and the Rule of Law is diminished when the police must close their eyes to vicious premeditated murder. Who could have confidence in the police in
to investigate crime? Argentina
On Friday I will put up a post continuing the analysis through the 1980’s in the U.S.S.R. and Communist China in the 1990’s.