posted on May, 4 2006 @ 12:50 AM
Originally posted by dgtempe
...........empowered by the jerk in the White house. That's right, with the Patriot Act and the war on terror, and with the boogeyman around the
corner, law enforcement has built a paranoid unit, and vigilantism far exceediing anything else before/
Who's the jerk
Originally posted by eaglewingz
Ummm, the police in my area have acted like this for a couple of decades now. I had overly aggressive treatment from an officer in 1998, well before
President Bush was elected. So I guess I should blame Bill Clinton?
Law enforcement gets such a bad rap. From what some of you say you would think they are in cahoots with upper level governtment(in your theories).
And to that I say no, at least on the local level. Where do you get this vigilantism from? It has happened before but you can be rest assured that
those guys lose their jobs and never work for another agency. The problems police have are blown way out of proportion, such as the common belief
that most cops are corrupt which is simply not the case. They do extensive(and I mean extremely extensive) background checks on officers these days,
even to the point of asking family and friends about your past, giving you a psych evaluation, drug tests, and a polygraph(which are 99% accurate
these days with computers and all). I just hate to see
I dont see how you can blame the highest official in our land for the actions of local officers. Alot of people dont realize that Law enforcement is
the most dangerous job to have in the US, even more dangerous than prison guards and taxi drivers. Its stressful, Police Officers suicide rate is 30%
higher than the general public. Alcohol and Drug abuse rates with Police officers is higher(no pun intended) due to the stress of the job.
Depression rates are higher than average with police officers. 70% of Police doctor visits are stress related. Police officers are more likely to
encounter violence in the workplace than under any other occupation. I think everyone should get my point here. All that # you see on TV is
glorified crap(except The Shield, pretty realistic in its take on officer corruption as well as the stress related problems that affect police, still
a bit glorified though).
There are some bad seeds out there in the Law Enforcement field but dont confuse that to mean even MOST(let alone all) are bad because it simply isnt
the case. While there are no numbers on police corruption because theres always gonna be one bad apple that will slip through the screening process
no matter how rigorous it is.