“You can’t get away with nothin’ no more.”
I am always surprised at how many crimes and lapses of judgment there are these days. In today’s video everywhere, DNA tests in minutes and other forensic wonders world, it is impossible to get away with anything long term. Yet, people still commit crimes and do horrific things to each other.
I understand about crimes of passion where your innate common sense is temporarily blurred and rage takes over. But, since we all know there are video cameras capturing most everything we do, wouldn’t you think everyone would have second thoughts about acting inappropriately. Obviously, drugs and alcohol negate this. But I’m talking about sober people who continue to commit horrific acts of violence and/or commit serious crimes even though they know their actions are most likely being recorded.
The recent case of the South Carolina policeman who threw a female student around like a rag doll comes to mind. He’s a trained police officer. Take away any racial element from the incident and you have a man who’s acting like a rage-induced Neanderthal. Most of us, myself included, have been the victim of police overreaction at one time or another. That’s a topic unto itself.
But just watch the TV news and you’ll see revealing video of crimes. Everything from assault and robbery to fatal hit and run incidents. Don’t these fools know they’ll be caught? With all the sophisticated crime solving techniques at the disposal of law enforcement these days, as the opening quote says, “You can’t get away with nothin’ no more.”
The stupidity of people who think they’ll get away with anything illegal is mind boggling. Yet they continue to rob, assault and kill on a regular basis. Some police officers continue to violently overreact. I don’t have a solution but there has to be one out there. I hope there are a lot of people looking for it.
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I agree a solution would be ideal but for behavior that defies logic it probably won’t be found.
There IS a solution to the seemingly uncontrolled violence, road rage, police rage, and various other rages, like mothers killing their children. These crimes are things people never come back from- people die, little babies and children die, and the killers are either mowed down by the cops for holding a weapon on them or they end up rotting away in prison ( which is just punishment) but it still counts as another life lost in the commission of a crime of passion, as you were describing.
The answer is that our totally broken Mental Health Care model has to be fixed. Also, I know you are a liberal, but if you believe annual physical exams are prudent, then please consider the validity of a yearly mental health screen as part of the annual exam.
We used to have insurance companies which paid for excellent mental health care. The facilities were safe and nice, the staff extremely well trained and caring.
Now, a person who was discharged from the hospital after a serious suicide attempt ( cut wrists, drug overdose, talked off a bridge) gets a maximum of 5 days’ inpatient stay IF they have great insurance.
I’m a nurse, and have been one since the 70’s. Capitated payment and denial of adequate in-patient treatment despite mental health insurance benefits of 30 days/ calendar year is SHAMEFUL.
The next time you decide to go on a personal crusade, please consider addressing the lack of personalized, necessary and beneficial mental health screenings and refusal of insurance companies to provide service to people who could definitely return home in 20 days but not 3 days. God bless.