But here's the rub:

- Call the cops only when there's an emergency...You can report your burglaries, thefts, frauds, with no suspect information direct to your insurance company. Noisy neighbors, barking dogs, the guy who yells at you and calls you names, the guys openly drinking on your street as your kids pass by to go to school, or in front of you business while you are open, or sleeping by your door overnight and leaving feces, etc. are not police issues.

- Don't want people drinking in the park where your kids play? Having sex in the restroom loudly near the playground so all can hear? Leaving needles and trash and used toilet paper? Call the cops...

Not coming. Not a police problem:

At the very least there will no longer be any serious effort to confront these folks, as the level of authority to address such issues, when it is now civil, becomes grayer and nothing that might spark a use of force will be pursued in the interest of tactical restraint - some courts have been very clear that minor criminal offenses and civil "offenses" (such as officers serving commitment papers, or responding to the mentally ill and forcing an intervention) require a much greater restraint and do not justify significant use of force...so...

- Your kid is suicidal, you are seriously concerned he may hurt himself, you want him committed to an institution because he won't seek help on his own, won't take his meds, and is self-medicating with street drugs? No longer an issue for the police. We can have a chat with him, provide you with a number for mental health/crisis, and good luck with that.... (this is already becoming a reality and it frustrates some very good people who can't believe that we won't force an intervention....)

- And that gun that was taken off the guy who peed in public? The one that was later traced to the string of armed robberies and a shooting? It won't be found - no longer any authority to pat down, to make an arrest, or to search.

-The guys slinging dope on the street corner - poisoning and intimidating the neighbors? Can't prove its dope being sold, and now won't be contacting them for the thing you CAN prove - drinking in public.

- The sex offender wanted for child rape in a city 100 miles away that you just happened to locate and arrest when he violated park curfew? Won't even be contacted any more: certainly won't be asked for ID....its a low level offense.

- Your neighbors keep you up night after night with loud parties and what you are sure is drug use. Cops don't come anymore. You can address it yourself, or attempt community mediation. Except you think they are criminals and are pretty sure the guy is an outlaw biker or a member of a gang ....still, police aren't coming - its civil, a quality of life issue, and a confrontation may ensue upon police contact and force may be used and they won't risk that for a minor infraction.

I'm simply making a counter-point: be careful what you wish for. On some level I'd be all for the police getting out of the public nuisance business. I frankly don't think we should have anything to do with traffic accidents unless a crime is involved: at all. Its a civil matter. Much of what we do domestic violence wise where no crime has occurred or even suspected is to my mind serious governmental overreach.

As some of these things noted above are already starting to occur, it remains to be seen how much the current climate will result in further de-policing. Some of it will be appropriate and for the better, some of it will leave people frustrated and angry about what "nothing can be done" about. And less safe and fewer criminals will be caught. And when crime rates go back up again....

And what do we do about that thorny issue that isn't even part of the discussion? That law enforcement is called just that: enforcement. Is there room for enforcement at all? Should some groups (racial, socio-economic...) be given a pass on some matters that other groups are not given in the interest of "fairness?" Is that actually fair? What crimes/issues should the police enforce and which ones shouldn't they? What authority will attach to said enforcement? Are certain things enforceable only when the perpetrator cooperates, and if he does not, force is not authorized so that he should simply be allowed to walk? (We are already there with pursuits after traffic infractions in many places...)

And so on. Much more complex issue than encapsulated in one sided definitions of warriors and guardians....