Cameras might replace law-enforcement system
Just the other day, I received a letter from the Lafayette Police Department notifying me that I had been videotaped by the so-called "speed van" traveling at an excessive rate down one of the city's thoroughfares. Accompanying the letter was a speeding ticket. I thought, "How convenient. No being pulled over by the screech of a siren, no standing uncomfortably street-side while being gawked at by passing motorists, and no having to endure clever remarks of the arresting officer, like 'Where's the fire?'" I promptly wrote the city a check, mailed it back in the handy return envelope, and the whole affair was neatly and swiftly concluded.
In light of my not unpleasant experience, it occurred to me that other matters of law enforcement might be similarly handled. With a few more strategically-located cameras, other lawbreakers too could be conveniently and efficiently apprehended. A thief, for instance, might one day receive a notification in the mail that his crime had been caught on tape, that he had been tried and convicted, and that he should report to the parish prison where he should plan to stay three to five years. No lawyers, no courtrooms, no write-ups in the paper, and no fuss. Why, with enough cameras, we could dispense with police force entirely.
Again, many thanks to the city-parish government for making our lives just a little bit easier.