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The Policing Principles of Sir Robert Peel
As Lee describes the first, “The basic mission for which police exist is to prevent crime and disorder as an alternative to the repression of crime and disorder by military force and severity of legal punishment (1901).” Today, most Americans still consider sacred the Bill of Rights, which prevents the use of military forces against the citizenry as well as “cruel and unusual punishments.” The various police forces around the nation act in a quasi-military fashion for safeguarding the public without encroaching (ideally) on such rights as free citizens. This is wise, for history provides many examples of revolutions resulting from abuse at the hands of occupying soldiers.
In fact, the issue of land/property as the cause of revolution is a subject which students of law and justice have understood for centuries. Surely Sir Robert Peel would have been familiar with the argument posed by Noccolo Machiavelli in The Prince.