Who had Berkeley for the town which started to implement the unarmed officer schtick … everyone?  Well then, imagine out shock when we just learned that …

Opinion| Steven Ahle| The city council of Berkeley, California has passed a law that will allow civilian city workers to take over the job of making traffic stops.

What could possibly go wrong with that? If drivers can and will pull guns on armed police officers, these civilian employees who will not carry guns will make helpless targets for the bad guys.

Several cities have at least partially defunded the police, but it is believed that Berkeley is the first city to send unarmed city employees to do traffic stops (don’t quote me on that, its just my best guess!)

The proposal is meant to ease the minds of those who are stopped form traffic violations.

I am sure that part is true because they do not have to worry about the unarmed city workers shooting back at them.

They do admit that there are some times when the police will be called to the scene of a traffic stop.

There will be an added cost to the city.  Never mind the concept that the real bad guys, the one who would draw a weapon at a traffic stop are not going to wait to shoot until back up arrives.

Also, once you take the money away from the police department and spend it elsewhere you may not have the money to restart the program when you find out unarmed civilians won’t cut it.

The measure is a big change for how policing is done and will cut the budget for police in half … Now they have us sounding like the left ‘but at what ‘price’ to the community and it’s safety?

The name of the new unarmed force is the  Specialized Care Unit that will be funded with the money taken from the police force.  I can see it now. “Halt in the name of the unarmed.” They’ll never see the bullets coming.

The Blaze reported:

Police unions in Los Angeles, San Francisco, and San Jose issued a joint statement noting that reckless driving, speeding, and driving while under the influence are all examples of “traffic” enforcement violations that could be dangerous.

“We do not believe that the public wants lax enforcement of those incidents by non-sworn individuals,” the unions said, according to Fox News. “Traffic stops are some of the most dangerous actions police officers take. What happens when the felon with an illegal gun gets pulled over by the parking police? Nothing good, we’re sure of that.”

What could possibly go wrong, right?  Let’s hope no one gets hurt as a result of this move … in fact, let’s pray.

Chelsea Betonie

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