a reply to: UKTruth
Both candidates must tell the nation the truth. The truth is...Most police shootings are the result of loose language in Federal, State, and local
Laws and allowing Police Officers too much discretion to use lethal force. In fact, in the shootings of unarmed suspects is tolerated despite the fact
they have other "tools" such as tasers, billy clubs, and mace that are readily available. Many cases where video recordings from witnesses often show
these options are rarely utilized. Obviously, the notion of lethal force is paramount in dealing with the public.
The "let's get tough on crime" mentality is backed up with "I'm working under the color of authority" edict. Police are trained in the police
academies that an officer is only to use the force necessary to make an arrest. Nothing more, nothing less. Again, the fact is many shootings of
unarmed suspects are tolerated by the system despite such training. An example comes to mind when back in the day in the seventies, local police were
dispatched to an apartment complex late at night. They were advised to check on a suspicious male seen in the vicinity. A possible burglary suspect
needs their attention. Once they arrived, they saw a man enter an apartment building.
By the time they entered, the man disappeared. As they were walking down the corridor, they were turning the knobs of the various apartment doors. One
was unlocked so they entered. Silently checking the rooms one by one. they entered a bedroom where the tenant was sleeping. The room was dark and the
man was startled looking only at the flashlight in his eyes. As he sat up he was shot between the eyes. The poor bastard had no idea what happened.
His only crime was to not lock his door.
Of course, the shooting was investigated and soon was declared "justified." So, this is a common occurrence even back in the day. Don't get me wrong,
we definitely need police for obvious reasons, but these type of occurrences are too often and it appears we have a lot of "scared" officers who
should find other career options. They want to get home safely but everyone wants the same. All lives matter yet some feel only that law enforcement
members should be counted
Consider this. Law enforcement members are granted with "extra" considerations. They often enjoy, depending on their locality, employer paid "False
Arrest Ins." Many have strong unions and are backed by the City Hall's Law Firm. They are equipped with a system with deep pockets. All of their
actions with the public is not suspect and all your actions are viewed under a microscope. Also, they enjoy government benefits and the benefits of
the blue mafia. The police are the largest gang in the nation and all too many people suffer in one way or another for their involvement with the
police. The mere fact all attorneys warn you to not talk to them is good advice.
It is what it is. People who believe otherwise often find out the hard way. They are allowed to lie to you, yet, defense lawyers are quick to tell
you that any falsehoods you state "will" be used against you. They will disclose to you many cases of honest and innocent interactions with the
police resulted in less honest consequences.
They are military trained and funded with the resources necessary to have total control. The Supreme Court ruled that the police main duty and
responsibility are to enforce the law rather than to serve and protect the community. As a result of all said, be advised that you as a citizen is
greatly handicapped unless you are rich and have your law firm on speed dial. You are guilty prior to being innocent in the eyes of the law despite
all assertions that say otherwise. They answer only to their superiors and work closely with all too often over-zealous prosecutors who only desire
is to convict as many people as possible so as to gain approval and make his way into politics or become a Judge.
For all those who say I'm too critical on this issue, I wish I wasn't. Policing is an honorable profession and good cops are worth their weight in
gold. Thank God many of them exist in our communities. It's the politics of our day that tarnish their profession. This war on crime has been the
basis for those who use law enforcement as a means to control the individual to keep quiet and ignore their nefarious intentions. Only when the public
demands otherwise, be prepared to deal with such intrusions in the future. So far, it appears it will only get worse.