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I'm a black male. My father was a cop for almost 30 years before he retired.
Most cops just want to get home to their families safe. When you start talking back, not following directions, etc all you are doing is putting the cop even more on edge. Police never know who they are pulling over. You could be totally innocent or you could have a body in the trunk.
My father gave me the talk growing up on how to interact with police. He always drilled into my head that regardless if I think I am right and the cop is wrong, the side of the road is not the place to play Johnny Cochran. He told me just follow the policeman's orders and we can deal with it later.
we often overlook the role city/county government played in their actions, in some places they play the role of tax collectors which was behind much of the discontent in Ferguson
I bought up the NYC subway wide sitting stance in which cops passed out tickets at 2:00 A.M in order to fill ticket quotas
I say look at the city council all the way up to the state government and their policies that helped turned many a would be good cop into a bad cop, cops may just be the face of the problem the local or even state government may actually be the cause.
originally posted by: laminatedsoul
A man went to the doctor the other day and had his blood pressure checked. Amazing, the doctor did not kill him.
That doctor should be given credit for DOING his job... I think that's the moral of the story here, no?
Why should we hear all the tales of a cop doing his job properly? When it is clearly important to bring it up when they completely fail to do their job.
originally posted by: MyHappyDogShiner
How does getting pulled over for an equipment violation turn into being asked if one is armed?.
I say this story is a fabrication.