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May 19, 2008

GEE, WHAT DO YOU THINK? L.A. red light cameras clicking for safety or revenue?

Plus, traffic fines are for the little people: "Among the thousands of drivers who have been issued $40 fines after being nabbed by Montgomery County's new speed cameras are scores of county police officers. The difference is, many of the officers are refusing to pay."

UPDATE: Various readers like this highlight from the Montgomery County story:

In recent weeks, officers have twice been photographed speeding past a camera and extending a middle finger, an act that police supervisors interpreted as a gesture of defiance.

Yeah, that's how I interpret it, too. I suspect those officers aren't as sympathetic when defiant gestures are aimed at them. This sense of entitlement and exceptionalism among law enforcement is a good reason to cut taxes and buy a gun . . . .

ANOTHER UPDATE: This guy thinks I'm calling for a revolution, and shooting cops. No, I'm calling for layoffs in the police force, with armed citizens protecting themselves from crime instead. Amusingly, he compounds his error by lumping me in with the Murray Rothbard crowd. Good grief.

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