reply to post by bigfatfurrytexan
Absolutely understandable. Not the slightest bit of silliness.
There are bad in any group of persons. Bad cops-bad doctors-bad lawyers and so on. If a cop is bad they get what the law says they deserve. They are
held to a much higher standard of conduct than ordinary people.
Whenever accountability is finally had, you are correct. But getting to a point where they are held accountable...that is the problem. Take
Albequerque....they would put a cop on paid leave after shooting someone, and then layer in a $500 bonus. The perception that created: they were
paying bounties to their officers for killing people. GIven how many have been killed, and the riots its caused, the people have an argument for
Some police officers 'get off' for the lack of a better term-the power trip-again lack of a better term that they are given with going armed.
If they can't resolve the position of enforcing the law with out a feeling of power over the persons they are protecting-then they won't stay police
officers very long.
I would be the first to point this out to them or to their superiors-If you feel that you are being bullied then confront the officer and demand an
explanation. Once you have challenged the officer it is now a matter of public record. The law is on your side.
If you ever noticed reporters-veteran reporters they have no problem walking up to a police officer and ask them what the hell do they think they are
doing. They know-as I know-the code of conduct that they must follow.
Being afraid of the police and automatically relating them with misjudgment is the heart of the whole matter. You should give them the same respect
you would expect only to a certain point.
I am not sure I can. I take responsibility for that, too.
When I was in my early 20's i was given a job with power/authority. I am a good man, and I know it. Not afraid to say it. I am a good man. But
when I had that authority...i wasn't quite so good.
I am also a smart and insightful man. I realized this folly, and it had a profound impact on me. Now I have earned power/authority, and understand
how to wield it. Understand the honor that I have been given by having others cede to my leadership. It really IS an honor. I learned this. No one
told me...i had to learn it through experience. And those who fall under my authority love me because of my leadership.
I do not trust men who are given authority. To earn that trust requires immense amounts of experience showing me their true nature. I just don't
trust authority, and its because of my own experiences. I had to learn to have that kind of power. It wasn't something I treated responsibly. And I
dare say that the majority of people are not as insightful and introspective as I am....and I don't think many who are given that authority ever
realize how big of an honor it is to serve those you have authority over. They typically don't treat it as an honor, as we see fairly often.
I may not think that every lion and tiger has intentions of killing me and eating me. But I certainly do not want to run the risk of interaction.
Same with cops. For the same reason: I have no way of knowing which ones are and are not honorable. But making the mistake can be very costly.
A young woman in one of my rental houses died of a drug overdose. When I got there the officer would not allow family members in the house saying it
was a crime scene. I told him he is wrong and the Coroner decides if it a crime scene or not-it is not his decision.I did so with a stern but business
like announcement to him and he relented.
Knowledge of the law is the key.
You should come out here to the sticks. Where we have a police that enforces a zero tolerance drug policy, but has had a deputy living next door to
the towns largest drug dealer for 25 years. I think it was around 4 years ago that an FBI agent, in town undercover to investigate our local PD, shot
and killed one of that drug dealers sons in the front yard of that house. Middle of the day. At the same time, that particular dealer was in a turf
war with THe Latin Kings. Several folks had been shot/killed over the prior 3 weeks.
A month later, all is blowing over, and all the latin kings are rounded up and imprisoned. We see who's turf the local PD protected: the hometown
boy who lives next door.
Not that I think he should be imprisoned. The "War on Drugs" is just another way to drive up the price of a commodity, make some cash, then make more
cash on the drug enforcement end. Pulling in their cash with 3 fists in that deal.
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