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December 7, 2013

LAW ENFORCEMENT: Kansas City Police Allegedly Threatened to Shoot Homeowner’s Dogs if He Refused to Let them Search his House Without a Warrant. Being whipped naked through the streets, followed by a few hours in the stocks, seems an appropriate punishment for such behavior. I mean, as long as people are talking about bringing back corporal punishment. Humiliation seems a key part of successful punishment for the abuse of power — those who abuse the power with which they are entrusted come to see it as their own power, not power that is delegated, and supposed to be used fairly. Public humiliation, or even the fairly remote prospect of public humiliation, might change that.

Alternatively, we could fire the public-employee-union police and replace them with privatized police who would not enjoy qualified immunity.