by Scott Creighton
…the move is “definitely a form of union-busting.This method is unproven and untested, to put your faith in an agency that doesn’t even [yet] exist.”
How long is it till we see the privatization of police departments and cops sent packing after being forced to train their underpaid, under-trained, and unattached to the community replacements?
Not too long, actually.
Camden NJ. is one of the most dangerous places in the country. In 2010, when the city was ranked the 2nd most dangerous in the country, the City Council voted to slash the police department by 50% and the fire department by 33%. Residents weren’t happy. The situation has gotten worse.
Austerity measures don’t work. The entire philosophy, neoliberalism, is a fraud. It is designed to undermine public institutions in order to make way for extensive privatizations, sweeping deregulation of big business and the decimation of the social safety net which brings about near genocidal results (trimming away of the “rotting flesh” like maggots on a wound). It is also designed to undermine organized labor, making way for even larger corporate profits and the destruction of the middle class.
Targeted first are the private sector unions. Once they are marginalized and even demonized (no link necessary to show the history of that over the past 40 years in this country) to the point that they are essentially impotent, then the focus turns to the public sector unions.
The public sector unions are usually harder to do away with. But the powers that be figured out a brilliant plan: create a program to put the “American Dream” within the grasp of people who could not afford it, set up their loans to fail by creating “liar loans”, package those loans into derivative time bombs, get the ratings agencies to lie about their value, sell them as investments to cities and counties and state pension funds, then bet against them and just when the time was right, light the fuse.
The result is the economic condition that this country and most of Europe find themselves in now.
In Camden, just as in other cities across the nation, they found themselves in a very deep hole thanks to the bankers and the corrupt politicians who bought into the fraud knowing full well what was going to happen.
Now they are slashing social services and privatizing everything that has a marketable value like the post office, the public school system, roads, bridges, parks, prisons, and whatever else the technocrats feel they can make a buck out of.
The police force is next.
Sorry cops, but you didn’t really think they would forget about the money they can make off of your jobs did you?
In 2005 the mayor of Camden handed over control of the police department to the state of New Jersey which effectively made this decision the work of the governor of Jersey, Chris Christie.
Christie is not just a thug and a mobster by behavior, as his behavior certainly reveals, but in fact, as Christie himself admits, he is directly linked to the Genovese crime family . So he’s a mobster. Literally. He actually admits to visiting the mobster he is related to by marriage in prison in 1991 at the request of “a family member”
Being linked to a mobster is pretty bad for a politician, but apparently that doesn’t matter anymore. It may actually be a plus these days.
He’s also one of those questionable US Attorney appointments that George Bush and Karl Rove got in trouble for years back. He had no previous law enforcement background and had been a paid lobbyist for some years prior to Bush making the appointment not to mention the fact that he had direct links to the mob. But he was approved by the senate anyway.
Christie is an enthusiastic neoliberal, knowing which way the wind is blowin and always ready and determined to make a profit off of his treachery.
This new plan for the dismissal of the Camden police department is no different.
“Gov. Chris Christie said the transition will actually “provide a huge increase in the number of police officers on the streets” in Camden. “I’m willing to put my name on the line for this concept,” he declared during an event at Rutgers-Camden University.” New York Daily News
The replacement “officers” will be trained by the outgoing union cops, the new ones won’t be allowed to unionize, then the Camden police officers who have served their city for years, will be kicked to the curb.
“In the latest example of a cash-strapped municipality taking drastic measures to deal with swollen public sector liabilities and shrinking budgets, the city plans to disband its 460-member police department and replace it with a non-union “Metro Division” of the Camden County Police. Backers of the plan say it will save millions of dollars for taxpayers while ensuring public safety, but police unions say it is simply a way to get out of collective bargaining with the men and women in blue.” Fox News
“The city is not becoming a completely lawless land. It will be under the jurisdiction of a new, non-union division of the Camden County Police.” Daily News
Camden Fraternal Order of Police President John Williamson told Fox News that this was an “untested” form of union busting, that they were trusting in a new organization that hadn’t even been formed yet.
Well, he’s right, it is union busting. But there is a form, they just don’t want you to know what it is.
Typically they have legal plans drawn up well in advance when they neo-liberalize an area. As soon as Katrina showed up on the map, they went to Chicago and started planning the neo-liberalization of that area including various plans to privatize everything and redistribute the land that was the 9th Ward, taking it from the people and handing it over to various corporations.
The plans are drawn up by technocrats, essentially writing new local laws.
I guarantee you, there is a plan that the good governor is following, he just doesn’t want to share it right now.
It will eventually lead to the full out privatization of the “Metro Division”
This latest bad news is simply one step in that process.
To the officers and residents of Camden, my heartfelt apologies to you. To other officers and law enforcement professionals around the country, take heed. This is what will be happening nationwide. Once the model is established by the mobster governor, it will prove too great a prize to go undone everywhere else.
After the election, when the economy takes a turn for the worse and they begin to implement the austerity measures here in this country, the harsher financial crisis will create the justification for the total privatization of the Metro Division and the Camden County Police force. Expect it.
Think about this, the first thing they did in Iraq when the CPA took over is to disband the army and the police departments. In spite of what Leon Panetta says, that wasn’t a “mistake” on their part, they did it for a reason. Money and destabilization. Same here.