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Facebook will become what experts say is the first private-sector company in the country to bankroll a full-time beat cop, establishing what could become a blueprint for many more similar partnerships.

“It’s safe to say this is unprecedented,” said Jim Bueermann, president of the Police Foundation, the nation’s oldest police research nonprofit in Washington, D.C. “But this may be the model of the future.”

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I am torn on this, and personally I find it to be a troubling precedent.

Yes, the new police officer is technically under the control of the city government, but that is naively ignorant or willfully blind to the reality of the situation. Every cop and city official is going to know that a good portion of their budget comes from Facebook, and therefore any charges or fines levied against any high ranking Facebook official could prove dangerous to their continued funding.

Don't believe me? Think I am a nut? Then look at education. The Federal government has no legal control over education. That is a right Constitutionally granted to states, but interestingly all states follow the Federal government's mandates in education. Why? Because, if any state doesn't do what the Federal government tells them to do then the Federal government withholds all Federal education funding. It is basically exertion.

And that is the really troubling part of this. Not only does the top 1% control most of the money, but if we let them start deciding how much and when police officers get paid ... Well, it isn't at all that unbelievable that these people will be receiving special treatment, and that is unacceptable.


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