Joe and Nicole don’t like the police. They really, really don’t like the police. I cannot find a single hint of anything positive in what they have to say about the police.
And before I go any further, I am aware that of late, the subject of police brutality has been out there front and center repeatedly. I am not insensitive to those legitimate concerns.
Lots of my friends on social media post memes and videos and stuff about police overreach. Doing so doesn’t mean that those folks hate policemen, or despise law and order.
However, they do not post meme after meme after link after link, by the dozen, ranting on the same theme: The Police Are Bad.
Right now, in my files, I have screen shots of 25 different memes, links, videos that Nicole has posted in the last few days. I haven’t been saving them for long—just a few days. She is fixated on this subject. Cops Are Bad.
Here’s a sample.
I don’t know if Nicole actually wrote the stuff above the link (she often quotes without attribution), and I didn’t bother to dig enough to find out, but the final sentence is telling.
Stop allowing any group of people to have authority to inflict violence on others.
Sounds innocuous, doesn’t it? Especially when you see it right above a couple of photos of people beaten in the face. I mean, why not?
After all, in England, the police don’t have guns as a routine thing. And I would actually agree that our American police force has become way too militarized. But to assert that “no group of people” should ever have authority to “inflict violence” on anyone else is a bit of a stretch. What about Joe and Nicole Naugler and those guns they have at their garden shed at the ready?
Are Joe and Nicole Naugler members of a “group of people” (those who own guns) who shouldn’t have authority to inflict violence?
What Nicole is suggesting is that we shouldn’t have any police at all of any sort. She’s saying that when you call 911 because there is a guy breaking into your house to kill you with a machete, there should be no one at all available to “inflict violence” on him.
And notice where she got this link: a Facebook page called “Cop Block.” A whole lot of her anti-police vitriol comes from that page.
I actually looked this up, and no, April, it wasn’t because of anyone “cut(ting) into their revenue stream.” There were good reasons that had to do with public safety. Look it up.
Joe is equally bad although he doesn’t post as much shit publicly as Nicole does. This bit is from a discussion about a police officer killed in the line of duty. There is nothing in the record that would suggest that the officer in question did anything except his job.
The man he’s talking with is not exactly a flaming liberal. He’s a Kentucky attorney who is very Republican, very right-wing, and very evangelical Christian. Yet Joe goes full bore Godwin because cops are always bad and get exactly what they deserve when somebody kills one.
So the question arises: Did Joe and Nicole become this cynical because the evil police came out to their wilderness estate and took their children? Or have they been reading way too much Cop Block-type propaganda and gotten cynical, and thus precipitated the very incidents they think are bound to happen?
This is from August, 2013, way before Sheriff Pate entered the story.
It’s a ten-minute video, but worth watching. Nicole and Joe think this is interesting and informative and that people should see it, so she has it up on her YouTube channel. I find that really amazing.
Pay attention, not so much to the part where the police officers try to reason with them, but the parts where there are no officers present. Notice how Joe, especially, talks about the police. They are talking like this in front of their children, doing a little “unschooling,” and teaching them how to dismiss society’s authority figures, and how to be a complete asshole.
UPDATE (Jan 9, 2015:
It’s enlightening to read the whole thing. Her perception of what police do, why we have them, what their job description is, all of it, is. . . well. . . interesting.
By Nicole’s standards, if a nurse comforts a dying patient, that’s just the nurse being nice, but it’s not part of the job description. If a checker in the grocery store says something nice to your child and makes him laugh, that’s just her being nice. That’s not part of her job.
I wonder who Joe and Nicole would call if somebody broke into their business and ransacked the place? I wonder if Nicole is aware that law enforcement officers in Kentucky have to pass CPR training and are expected to use it if necessary as part of their job? I wonder if she’s aware that in the event of natural disaster, police officers are expected to know what to do, not to “enforce laws,” but to save lives?
But the larger point here is that, as we’ll go into later on, Nicole basically doesn’t believe there should be any police officers at all, because she doesn’t believe there should be any laws, or at least not any that she doesn’t expressly agree should exist.
It’s an interesting take from two people who threaten to sue people over and over again.
And another UPDATE: Many thanks to the person who shared this with me.
Want to see what law enforcement officers deal with as part of their job?