Originally posted by rcwj75
I love how so many want to question the reactions of police officers, call them out as afraid and then say many need to look for another career, yet
NONE of the people bashing the police have the courage to step up and become an officer. I agree some don't deserve to wear a badge..I have worked
with a few, but until your willing to see, hear, and deal with the stuff we do its pretty unfair to question our reactions as a whole.
I realize that police officer have dangerous and difficult job, and "No", I wouldn't take a position on the force if it was offered to me. It's
not from a lack of courage though, but from a matter of principle.
I know a lot of good cops today, but I also know a lot of bad ones that abuse their authority. These are the individuals that give ALL cops a bad
And yes, they do give psyc evals...but think about it...you can pass one easily and still be a nut case. Those tests and shrinks are not the
iron gate to keeping crazy people out of any profession.
A psychological evaluation is typically only as good as the person interpreting it. A
lot of good people get screened out as well, and for all the wrong reasons.
I was a latchkey kid so yes I do know that parents leave kids home alone when at work. This IS NOT the case here...they just left him a home
while they went visiting people. Plus we don't know this kids history. What if he was a problem child, the article doesn't mention it. It does
mention that neighbors said he is left alone a lot...which leads me to believe this is not the first time they have complained about his behavior. If
it is then now is a good time for the PARENTS to get parenting and do their job.
A neighbor who throws beer cans at windows, wouldn't quite be my idea of a reliable character witness. Maybe the kid does have a record, but maybe
the police officers involved do too. I've always believed everyone was presumed innocent until proven guilty. It's easy to make assumptions about
people without having all the facts though as we both have done.
Leaving their child alone for a few hours doesn't constitute neglect or a lack of parenting skills. They were close by, and an Aunt lived in the same
building. I'd imagine most parents that trust their older children are quilty of this at one time or another. Threatening people with CPS only add
fuel to the paranoia fire regarding law enforcement.
IF INFACT A FIREARM WAS POINTED AT HIM...which I am not buying. The article states when he got back to the apartment with a 12 year old girl
there were 3 officers waiting for him. Sounds to me like he wasn't even in the apartment but let them in from the outside. Now if thats NOT the
case and the article (as crappy as it was written) was wrong yet again then think about this:
Complaint comes in that there is loud noise in the apartment...remember the kids were stick fighting...which equals screaming, a window break,
banging, and the sounds of FIGHTING!!! So a neighbor calls it in as noise or maybe a fight. Cops arrive and hear all this and think it MIGHT be a
domestic violence situation...since NOONE knows its just kids at this point...so they go in with guns out expecting to fins adults beating the crap
out of one another...but instead...find a kid/kids unsupervised going at it playing around...so then reholster.
Maybe they didn't point the gun at him, but considering how police are so liberal anymore about tazing people, I have my doubts. Police seem
to view everyone as dangerous lately whether they're a man, woman, child or elderly person.
How can anyone effectively do their job when they're so terrified of the people they're paid to protect and serve?
Nowadays cops unholster their guns for routine traffic stops. Imagine how intimidating that feels to John Q. Public who has no record, and has
committed no real crimes.. Think how it feels to be stopped and have several patrol units and cops swarm about you for a simple traffic citation.
How many police videos have we all seen of police beating some person who has done nothing more than run their mouth or commit a supreme act of
stupidity? Do thses offenses justify the use of tasers, blackjacks, or a gun?
Remember the airport video where the woman got beat by an officer just for being in a no parking zone and refusing to move? These guys give you all a
bad name and reputation.
We definitely need police in our society, but we also need police officers that we can trust to treat us fairly. People shouldn't have to fear being
tasered or shot for routine arrests or traffic violations. Whatever happened to the good old beat cop that everyone knew and respected?
[edit on 4/22/08 by LLoyd45]