The Importance Of Civil Law Enforcement

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All legal systems recognize, create, vary and enforce obligations; this isn’t an accident. Obligations are central to the social role of law and explaining them is necessary to an understanding of law’s authority and, therefore, its nature; these also include a moral obligation to obey. As a matter of course, throughout the human history, the subjects of a state had obeyed the sovereign power. But how does one acquire such an obligation, and how many people have really done what is necessary to acquire it? Human beings do not necessarily have a moral obligation to obey the sovereign. As the humans cultivate and evolve from wild animals to what we are – civilized beings, we still retain some basic animal instinct. One of the most …show more content…
The army is geared into destroying the enemy of its nation; while the police force serves the people, who are guaranteed presumptions of innocence and rights. However, according to Wiebenga, ever since the National Defense Authorization Security Act of 1997 it becomes much easier for the distribution of military equipment to make its way to the civil law enforcement agencies which leads to increase police agencies demanding military equipment - “By 2005, this number grew to 17.000 police agencies demanding military equipment” (11). The civil law enforcement agencies now can no longer be viewed as the traditional peacekeeper of the urban communities; they now have become soldiers in these communities. They do not fight against the enemy from a foreign nation as the military does; rather, the enemy has become the citizens of this nation. In addition to the advance of technology innovation that spread the images, videos, and reports of actions and behaviors of a militarized police force, even without actually committing the so-called ‘police brutality’, the citizens make their own interpretations of the things they see. Different interpretation, different ideas will spread. But the most common is the feeling of fear of this militarized police force that is within the very community that the citizens lived in; therefore, the citizens are conducting themselves …show more content…
Government is a concept that has existed throughout human history. To obey the sovereign is almost becoming a habit. According to Wolff, “The most common, taking the whole of human history, is simply the prescriptive force of tradition. The fact that something has always been done in a certain way strikes most men as perfectly adequate reason for doing it that way again.” (6-7) Due to the fact that it has been a precedent practice which gives a good result, the people do not try to think about the reason as to why they are obeying the government. They just do as they have always had done because in most cases the people assume that the law is generally good; thus, should be followed. Yet, at the same time, laws can be breached due to circumstances that conflicts the individual 's’ morals. For example, if a person is fatally injured, yet the ambulance cannot get to the scene on time. Someone can save him or her (doing something that is morally just), yet the savior could be speeding pass the speed limit in order to save the injured person. In other words, whether or not to obey a sovereign is based on an individual’s own opinion and not moral

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