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Milwaukee Newspaper Blogger Wants to Abolish Law Enforcement

March 27, 2015  | 

Photo: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Photo: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

"A just and free world means a world without police," is the title of the latest post by a blogger for the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel's Purple Wisconsin community blogging project. In this post on her blog "The Collective," Claire Van Fossen writes that police officers don't help anyone, they just oppress people by blaming criminals.

To be clear, the Journal Sentinel hosts the blogs in this section of the Website but distances itself from them, noting that "The opinions voiced here are those of the individual bloggers alone."

Here's an excerpt from Van Fossen's blog post:

"Whether we call them because of a dispute between neighbors or a robbery, a shooting or sexual violence, the police rarely meet our needs. They don't help us heal. And they don't prevent future harm. Rather than serve as advocates for true justice, they use their nearly limitless power to reinforce the oppressive status quo. They threaten us with violence and incarceration and target the most oppressed and vulnerable people in our society. By blaming 'crime' and 'criminals' instead of systemic oppression for society's ills, the police exacerbate societal problems, harm citizens, and bar the people from liberation by maintaining the capitalist social order."

What's interesting is the many comments posted in response that decry her statements – people from across the political spectrum. Readers who identify as conservative and liberal agree that what she proposes is ridiculous:

"All I can say is: WOW. I would bet you she is also not in favor of the public being able to possess firearms to defend themselves. Because without police and guns we would all sit around the campfire singing "Kumbaya" and everything would be well in the world. Whenever I think liberals can't possibly become more stupid, they prove me incorrect..."

"BTW, Claire, you do realize that folks are calling you a 'liberal'? On behalf of actual liberals, I am asking you to stop with the blather - you are giving us a bad name."

One commenter wrote, "Somalia is the best example of what happens when there are no police - just one big, happy family (if your family consists primarily of drug addled teenage delinquents with AK-47s)."

Another wrote, "Claire Van Fossen - making Al Sharpton look like Barry Goldwater."

In her post, Van Fossen also writes, "This year I made a New Year's resolution not to call the police." This implies that she has called law enforcement in the past but will no longer do so. In fact, one commenter writes that he knows Van Fossen has called the police numerous times to lobby complaints. But another commenter advises the blogger that if she truly will no longer be calling the police she had better invest in a security system, because otherwise she might become the target of thieves who know of her resolution.

It seems this outright dismissal of law enforcement as both helpful and necessary has not fanned the flames of anti-police rhetoric, but has in fact pushed disparate people to find common ground and affirm their need, if not appreciation, for the men and women in blue who are working to serve and protect everyone.


Comments (31)

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xxxxx @ 3/28/2015 8:58 AM

A nuts a nut, but what I can't figure out is why the media, to include this forum, keeps giving them the time of day? Why post this crap? All you are doing is giving them what they want and pissing off cops.

rede2hike @ 3/28/2015 9:15 AM

I think her comments are fantastic! I've been advocating this for years. First, let's have trial period, say 7 days. Let all of my Blue Line Family, nationwide have 7 days off-all at the same time, and let this fantastic law abiding nation have a run at it. Let's see what happens, let's see what is left.
While we are at it, let my Red Line family in the fire services have the same week off and let the fun begin.
It seems the majority of America wants this, so let's do it. The 2nd Amendment crew has been waiting for this scenario to happen for years so they can show off their skills & the Soverign types have been trying to break away from the flock like ISIS so they can establish their little chunk of heaven. I say let's do what this "blogger of America " wants show these morons what little we do for this country, for what little we get in return.
Let's go home, I can enjoy 7 days off.

Ima Leprechaun @ 3/28/2015 9:59 AM

All phone calls for police, fire or ems should be blocked from her location. I would bet her local public service agencies have already granted her New Years request. No water, no sewer, no police, no fire, no EMS and it's only fair because she wants nothing to do with any public service. She wants only what the people of Somalia get and nothing more.

squiggy @ 3/28/2015 10:15 AM

Jane you ignorant $!Ut!!

Old Man @ 3/28/2015 10:30 AM

Such is a sign of our times when the arrogant stupid can freely express their ideas while under the protection of our laws, ultimately enforced by the police who would, and have, laid down their lives to see these freedoms prevail....

scott ashmore @ 3/28/2015 10:47 AM

Dumb Communist bitch....

Bernie @ 3/28/2015 10:48 AM

I am very sure that she keeps her address a secret. But why? Wouldn't she want all the nice people to come and join her for the celebration of the goodness of humanity? The common brotherhood/sisterhood of people? The neighbors could come to her aid should a natural disaster strike because this would be only peril she would ever face in live.

My guess is this is a woman who has lived a very sheltered life.

John Carlin @ 3/28/2015 11:31 AM

WOW what planet is she from I hope she calls another wierdo if she ever needs help.

bob retired leo @ 3/28/2015 11:47 AM

NO law enforcement huh? take a look at the middle east!!!!!

ssc1911 @ 3/28/2015 2:53 PM

She should submit to a drug test and stop drinking the "Kool Aid:. Another one with no sense of reality and the world, totally clueless.

Rick @ 3/28/2015 4:04 PM

She needs to put her money where her mouth is and place a HUGE sign outside of her residence indicating that her home is a police free zone and a firearms free zone. She'll print a retraction in the first week.

Jack Betz @ 3/28/2015 10:22 PM

Like the movie says, stupid is as stupid does

James O'Brien @ 3/29/2015 6:21 AM

It is one thing in a free society for the stupid to have a voice, it is entirely another when we collectively give them an audience.

starrman69 @ 3/29/2015 6:45 AM

Either she's put in a uniform and goes out on the streets or at the very least go on a "ride along" program so that she can see what Law Enforcement Officers have to deal with and be made aware of their limitations, especially since she's under the impression that "...they use their nearly limitless power to reinforce the oppressive status quo. They threaten us with violence and incarceration and target the most oppressed and vulnerable people in our society. By blaming 'crime' and 'criminals' instead of systemic oppression for society's ills, the police exacerbate societal problems, harm citizens, and bar the people from liberation by maintaining the capitalist social order." Yeah, she'll get an education!

Kojack64 @ 3/29/2015 8:08 AM

Send this lady to Cuba and see what their LE is about and let her compare her rights in this country to theirs. We are a cakewalk. See who she calls for when some gentlemen commit a personal crime against her.

Jamrock_Kid @ 3/29/2015 8:54 AM

I see that we are beginning to pave to way to the ideology for the making of the movie "Purge". This movies particularly sensationalized what it would be like for one night without law enforcement, one night of pure anarchy. What she needed to understand is that lawlessness just for one night cause everyone to become hermits. In life their are checks and balances. Me as a law enforcement official chose to be the tip of the spear to check criminals at every junction. I do hope that this journalist understand the ramifications of her claims. Without the thin blue line protecting her freedom of speech and safety, she probably would not have her computer or cellphone to post her comments on her blog. Just food for thought.

Bob McCarthy @ 3/29/2015 12:24 PM

Please keep us posted on this nut-job's "progress" within the Milwaukee community.
she may be cuckoo, but she's an interesting bird. 10-Q. /Bobby Mac

Tony Hansley @ 3/29/2015 1:01 PM

If her thinking only matched her looks she would be outstanding but unfortunately it doesn't what a a** she is for that even coming out of her head.

Jon Retired LEO @ 3/29/2015 2:41 PM

What kind of dope is this woman smoking?

Lainey @ 3/29/2015 4:06 PM

must be nice to live in a little bubble where you have absolutely no concept of reality. You're clueless....

steve LoPiccolo @ 3/29/2015 4:07 PM

she needs a rude awakening.........

shilah @ 3/29/2015 6:39 PM

OMG...she doesn't bother to even define "true justice", she blames law enforcement rather than the law MAKERS or the law INTERPRETERS (judges, District Attorneys etc)...she complains the police "... don't help us heal..." hello ? that's not their JOB! that's NOT what they're HIRED to do! that's the job of clergy, counselors, social workers-- hello?? At least she finally revealed her true colors for those with enough brain cells to recognize them: "... [the police] bar the people from liberation by maintaining the capitalist social order." Oh, THANK YOU Claire, you are a Communist. Possibly a Socialist. In other words you want "society" as a whole to be leveled by force -- you want all people to have the same stuff & make the same wages regardless of talent, or education, or how hard a person works; I don't think so, dear! give people what they EARN. Criminals EARN a punishment, so let them receive it. Oy, yi yiiii!

R.Barsanti @ 3/30/2015 3:57 AM

She's A Blogger what does that tell you , she's an idiot.

JohnE @ 3/30/2015 6:11 AM

Yes, Claire is a delusional fool...I would love to live in an era in which Police are not needed. But the fact is, we are and always have been and will be. But some of you need to brush up on your political science a bit. I mean come on"...you are a Communist. Possibly a Socialist." East is east and west is west, and ne'er the twain shall meet...

John Carp @ 3/30/2015 10:50 AM

Gals and guys you don't get it. She is calling for Sharia law.....She is fighting her jihad by other means! After declaring western law Enforcement redundant, this paves the way for tribunal justice......
Just say'in

Rick @ 3/30/2015 4:13 PM

John Carp you may be onto something.

Bonnie Stoker @ 3/31/2015 10:54 AM

What rock did she climb out from under? She should get her facts straight before she opens her mouth..............maybe then she wouldn't sound so stupid Clare, you should walk a mile in their shoes before you demean our police offices and firemen. They would be the first calls you would make in an emergency or life and death situation, and if they responded it would only be because it's what they're sworn to do. You better get on your knees and thank God there are people in this country who still chose these jobs in spite of the risks they face; especially from poor, souls like you who totally don't know crap about what you say! You owe them all a Really BIG Apology for talking out of your head and throwing out such stupid lies!

Richard Hightower @ 3/31/2015 12:30 PM

Just goes to prove the point -- stupid can't be fixed.

Jon Retired LEO @ 3/31/2015 6:07 PM

I would be interested to know what Sheriff David Clarke has to say about this one. I bet it would be entertaining.

plato's playdough @ 4/1/2015 4:40 AM

Don't get overheated, she's trying to get her tits on TV.

S.S. @ 5/14/2015 8:25 AM

What a MORON1

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