What's happening in St. Louis is coming soon to a city near you: A two-tiered police system. One for the wealthy, one for everyone else.
From the St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
"The result is two unequal levels of policing for St. Louis residents and businesses. Low-income and minority residents do not have the resources to hire police through a private company, and the department has struggled to provide patrols in parts of the city that suffer high rates of violent crime.
Meanwhile, the more affluent neighborhoods, which are less affected by violent crime, have raised millions of dollars to pay companies like The City’s Finest for granular attention from the same officers the police department has said it doesn’t have enough of."
This is a direct result of defunding the police, which is a movement beyond dollars and cents. It's about assuming police are the problem, siding with criminals, and prosecuting nothing. There are fewer police in most cities, St. Louis included, than there used to be because of this, and residents are taking it into their own hands.
As long as they can afford it.
Again from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
"Under department rules, officers have the same authority when working for these (private) companies that they have while on duty, one reason their services are in such demand. They can investigate crimes, stop pedestrians or vehicles and make arrests. And the police department requires that they wear their police uniforms when they’re working in law enforcement or security in the city..."
Unfortunately, though, this isn't just a result of the "Defund the Police" movement. If it were, we could solve it by addressing the funding and support of police. What we're talking about here is an entire worldview that stems from socialism.
Consider what's happened in health care, because it's the same philosophy producing the same results.
In countries where socialized medicine a.k.a. "universal healthcare" has taken root, a two-tiered health system has also taken root. While their taxes fund health insurance for all citizens, in the U.K., the wealthiest citizens opt to buy private insurance.
"In 2019, 10.3 percent of the population bought supplemental private insurance, this is mostly due to long waiting times in public care."
These are basically, at their core, economic issues playing out in medical care and police protection, respectively. But the principle can be applied anywhere. When government steps in to help people by redistributing their money, it inevitably leads to class systems where the wealthiest are fine, but the average citizen is forced to deal with a steadily lowering average.
Ryan Wiggins is the author of the extremely serious and not funny robot novel, The Life of Human, and is a writer and producer of television shows. He is the host of Wiggins America on 97.1 FM Talk in St. Louis.