I have noticed a trend over the past year that whenever the police do anything, some people on Facebook/Twitter/etc. will respond with blustering indignation about how the perp was obviously in the right and the police are EEEEEEEVIL. This is usually accompanied by tossing out Ben Franklin's quote about sacrificing essential liberty for temporary security.
Exhibit A: This video
showed up a couple of weeks ago. I heard so many people talk about how the police overreacted (which they did) but almost nobody mentioned that this woman drove away from the police when they pulled her over.
People on Facebook and such went on and on about how "she didn't do anything wrong" and when I pointed out that a) driving 71 in a 55 zone is doing something wrong and b) I don't care why you get pulled over, driving away once you have been is a crime, I got blasted about how I was just defending the police and I need to think for myself.
Exhibit B: The Boston Marathon bombing. When the police put Watertown into lockdown to find the Tsarnaev brothers I heard people saying "We can't have this happening all the time!" when it doesn't
happen all the time. I understand the vigilance, but it's not like the cops just shut down the city because they felt like it.
Some of my friends also posted videos claiming to show cops pulling Boston residents out of their home by force and then carrying on about how "rights have become an option." Most of the time these videos provided little to no context (there was one that didn't even look like Boston to me) and in none of them did I ever see the police actually throwing someone out of the house. They knocked on the door, the families came out, the police went in, and the people went back in the house. You'll have to excuse me, but if there's a terrorist running through my neighborhood I'm not going to give the cops a lecture about warrant law when they show up at my door.
The biggest problem I have with the MMCLs is that they shout so loudly over every incident that when the police do step out of line, the MMCLs have no credibility. The police end up with less accountability rather than more. It also makes me personally hesitant to criticize the cops, even when I know I should do so, because I fear looking like an MMCL.
And MMCLs want it both ways. Let's say the Dzhokar Tsarnaev held up an innocent family for several hours and killed them while the cops were waiting for a judge to grant a warrant. Would any of the MMCLs have said "Oh, good for the cops. They needed to get that warrant." No! They would have said "Why didn't the police do anything?"
There have always been people like this, but it used to be mostly concentrated among the kooks. Now it seems to have spread to my conservative and otherwise reasonable friends. Has anyone else experienced this? What's your opinion on where it comes from? I have mine, of course, but want to hear yours first :).