Crime In Our Times
Lupe Fiasco has been on a roll as of late with these written pieces he’s been sporadically releasing via Instagram. True to form, Lupe took to IG yesterday to unveil a new piece dedicated to law enforcement titled: “The Police: Crime In Our Times.” In light of the controversy with law enforcement and African Americans throughout history, it’s only right for Lu to open up on the subject.
Check out the seven part letter below.
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The Police. A letter. The police are not your friend. The police are not your enemy. The same could be said about the law. So let’s say it. The law is not your friend and the law is not your enemy. So what are the police then if they are not friends nor enemies. Well let’s get a definition of the word ‘Police’ from the dictionary: “the civil force of a national or local government, responsible for the prevention and detection of crime and the maintenance of public order.” And while we’re at it lets get a dictionary definition of ‘Law’ as well: “the system of rules that a particular country or community recognizes as regulating the actions of its members and may enforce by the imposition of penalties.” Nowhere in the definition does it say “friend” or “enemy” even though some police officers can be friendly and some can be really antagonistic (see the famed “Good Cop/Bad Cop” routine for an explicit example) it is not the nature of their position in society to be friend or foe. So what are the police then?
The firmest designation for the police is their primary title “Law Enforcement Officer” and again the law is neither your friend or foe so then the police are a merely reflection of the law. Police are the physical manifestation of the law. The police occupy a middle ground of sorts. They are mostly benign in the sense that if they have no particular law to enforce then they are powerless. Also where the law is broken and can’t be seen or is out of the conscious knowledge of the police they are also powerless as is the law itself. Law is only powerful when it comes into direct contact with its child, Criminality. Crime and our relationship to crime is much closer to us than our relationship to the law. Everybody bends or breaks the law in some very minute capacity. We may speed on the highway from time to time. Throw litter on the ground. Lie on our taxes. Disregard a jury duty summons. Download pirated content. Where we feel the law doesn’t “count” or “make sense” we are inclined to transgress the limits.