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it is not illegal to be disrespectful to a cop, as much as some would like you to believe it is.
originally posted by: bbracken677
a reply to: DeadSeraph
I would as well.
I have never been treated as such by the police. I have, however, seen my friends treated like that when they copped an attitude right off the bat. I also have a cousin who married a police officer. They see the worst humanity has to offer, so to expect them to not be a bit paranoid is just as wrong. They do have the responsibility to treat people with respect, but they also expect to be treated with a modicum of respect as well.
We do not see anything that MAY have led up to this. We do not know if the officer was answering a call regarding the individual. In fact, we know nothing besides what the video shows. This could be the sum of the story, in which case the officer is badly in the wrong. Or... we may be missing some very important information that changes completely the complexion of this arrest.
But, yeah, we should by all means assume the officer is an ass and guilty of dishing out injustice without further investigation or additional information.
We all know that the police are human. We all know they are comprised of bullies, criminals and law-abiding men as well. I for one would prefer to hear all the information before judging someone's guilt.
But hey, that's just me. If you want to jump on the bandwagon without all the information, be my guest. It's everyone's right in the US to be an aSShat if they so chose.
originally posted by: BlubberyConspiracy
Amazing. This video is NO DIFFERENT than most every "police brutality" video posted on this site (lacking evidence of before the encounter). The conviction sways from the officer's guilt to the pedestrian this time. But why?
To clarify further, this video isn't enough to convict either officer or pedestrian for wrongful conduct. Just like most of the other "brutality" videos it's not enough to come to a conclusion when there's no useful context, and yet ATS' members feel righteous enough to condemn individuals (officer or accused) based on their own agenda. Though it disappoints me that such usual convictions have 180'd due to information as "non-impacting" as skin color and accent.
Putting my own lifetime experiences and events witnessed aside from my own home state, this thread should raise an eyebrow to those here lucky enough to live in bodies and privileged neighborhoods which sheltered them.
Basically, it would take someone ignorant to put out either conclusion of guilt (officer or pedestrian) from such little context. And it would take someone especially dangerous to evoke such an emotional sense of conviction of guilt in videos like this.
Hell, who needed that pesky 4th amendment anyway? It's just a number in the bunch and not like it's I or II or anything, right?
They're just following their nose...nothing wrong with that if we lose that old dusty document prohibiting it.