reply to post by djvexd
Glad you brought this up and thought to at least TRY to avoid the cop bashing. I haven't learned that trick yet, because quite honestly, it's just
so easy any more.
I found this story pretty disheartening myself. I Am aware of there being 'bad blood' sometimes between different entities charged with the
enforcement of laws, or the protection of life. I wonder if it doesn't just contribute to inflated egos when there is such a feeling of empowerment.
It's difficult to look at these stories without perceiving an ever-expanding shift in the way that cops treat other human beings. I know there are
far more responsible, considerate and compassionate cops than there are 'bad' cops, but the 'good' cops just don't get the air time. It doesn't
sell, I suppose.
I tried, ON PURPOSE one day to find stories about 'good' cops and I found it very difficult to find anything recent. Again, I don't think this is a
representation of law enforcement as a whole, but more the sensationalizing of the stories of corrupt, abusive or or just plain criminal cops.
There are web sites devoted entirely to ferreting out bad cops and divisions in police forces whose sole purpose is to do the same thing. It is an
undeniable fact that there are crooked cops. The recent trend of media attention makes the number of crooked cops seem disproportional.
There are, of course, many possibilities for why this is so. Media bias and ratings, and good old shock and awe are probably up near the top.
As an ex-leo, I think your insight could be a lot more beneficial to us than mine.
What do you think is happening? Is the increase in reported cases of leo wrongdoing due to media bias, media penetration or just an increase in the
overall number of leo's on the street?
Do you think there is a rough baseline that we should be aware of? 1 in 50 cops are bad? I'm not trying to be offensive, I'd just really like to see
you expand on the topic a little through the use of your experience.
It seems to me like the number of cops will just keep increasing and if the 'percentage' (if one exists) of 'bad' cops stays constant, we will, of
course, see more of the same as you brought up here. It's just the way it is.
Do you think we are screening cops well enough? Do you think the job makes them snap? Is there an attitude amongst leo's that citizens are a 'sub
class' as was alluded to in a different thread? Should their be regular psych. evals during a cops career? What do see as a solution?