The connotation of a "police state" mostly implies a draconian government similar to George Orwell's 1984. And, while I can see the exaggerations and improbable methods of fictional "police states", there is some wisdom to avoiding such authority.
Firstly, for a police state to be effective and meet the purpose of its installment, we would need to live in a perfect world or develop a 100% automated police system. I say this, because when there is even a single human element in government (especially totalitarian), corruption and greed infects the good intentions of the system's creation. When the power is shifted heavily in favor of a large human police force, a probable outcome would be extreme oppression on the general public rather than solely criminals.
Second, the inevitable flaws of a police state (in addition to the reasons above) would outweigh the benefits. Perfect security is impossible, and it is unrealistic to assume so. I hate to bring up terrorism, but people who wish to do harm will always find a way to do adapt, and do harm. Moreover, the huge invasion of privacy that must be warranted under an effective police state is, in my eyes, far from freedom of crime. This is one of the main factors in my third reason:
The backlash against such a proposition or installment from innocent people would be detrimental to the integrity of the state. A police state will surely incite riots - perhaps even a full scale rebellion. Then, we would have something not dissimilar to Egypt and Syria. In an American scenario, the states would probably align just as they did prior to the Civil War. Fortunately, the separatists would probably come out victorious with the help of the military (which I am confident would not go along with something like this).
At 10/11/12 02:31 PM, stonecold-basilisk wrote:
That is how it should work in any country. If the Bloods and Crips are caught fighting in american streets then they deserve merciless police brutality. If the KKK start beating up blacks in the streets then the KKK get police brutality. If Christian or Muslim religious wackjobs start beating up homosexuals or atheists in the streets then they will get mercilessly beaten by the cops.
These instances are not common or viral enough to warrant an entire police state. Riot control works just fine. Isolated crime events will always happen regardless of 24/7 surveillance.