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Both sides have points about police lobbying

April 24, 2014

There was an interesting exchange this week at the Minnesota Capitol in regard to the power and influence that law enforcement has as a lobbying group....

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Apr-24-14 7:20 PM

I do agree law enforcement associations and their political action groups do have influence. Their influence has been growing over the past few decades as they affiliate and associate with larger labor organizations like Teamsters, CWA, AFL-CIO, etc. However, I do disagree they lobby for laws to keep themselves on the payroll by enforcing those laws. Law enforcement enforces the laws the chief law enforcement officer endorses based on what their local attorneys are willing to prosecute based on what their city councils and county commissions believe is in the best interest of their community. No greater example is the parking tickets on main street in Fairmont recently. Law enforcement is becoming political to ensure the viability of their pensions and healthcare, as well as create law that prevents/reduces criminality in the first place; like accessible and available community-endorsed drug use; like legalization of marijuana.

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