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Port: The left-right paradox at center of law enforcement debate

Law enforcement has been much in my mind recently, for obvious reasons. As I've discussed with friends and family the recent violence perpetrated by police on civilians, and by civilians on police, I've notice something of a paradox in the views ...

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A demonstrator, later identified as Ieshia Evans, protesting the shooting death of Alton Sterling is detained by law enforcement near the headquarters of the Baton Rouge Police Department in Baton Rouge, La., Saturday, July 9, 2016. REUTERS/Jonathan Bachman/File Photo

Law enforcement has been much in my mind recently, for obvious reasons. As I’ve discussed with friends and family the recent violence perpetrated by police on civilians, and by civilians on police, I’ve notice something of a paradox in the views of liberals and conservatives.
My liberal friends, who are generally in favor of solving societal ills with bigger government, are often very critical of law enforcement. These people who see themselves as the champions of the poor and marginalized, who trust in government programs as the instrument for uplifting the downtrodden, are quick to criticize one of the largest and powerful divisions of government for being abusive to minorities (to one degree or another).

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