posted on May, 17 2004 @ 01:04 PM
Hey, thanks so much for insulting cops. That kind of gross generalization is truly the mark of enlightened thinking. What they did was *so* much more
stupid than what you did. Next time you need a policeman when your car gets stolen, you or a loved one is assaulted, or your house gets robbed, remind
yourself of how stupid they are and don't call them.
Anyone who thinks that cops enjoy righting traffic citations has obviously never spent an entire day testifying in traffic court.
Police procedure such as mandatory handcuffing keep cops -and in many cases, suspects- alive. You want to say "pre-programmed"? Fine. I say
"trained." I have personally taken guns and knives off of kids as young as *9* years old. Putting someone in cuffs as a matter of course
while an investigation is conducted is safer for everyone concerned. Speaking for myself, if I caught a kid doing something as stupid as operating a
lawn mower on a public roadway or sidewalk, I would suspect that he was a danger to himself or others and take him into custody. If his attitude was
good, I'd call his parents or guardian. If his attitude was bad, I would run him right through the juvenile justice system. I'd also cuff him to
make sure he didn't get it into his head to try and run or, worse yet, get hurt by making some erratic movement that could be misinterpreted as
drawing a weapon, disposing of drugs, etc. Oh, wait. I forgot that just because you are a policeman you are supposed to magically know who is a good
guy involved in a mis-understanding, who is a bad guy that is out to hurt you, and who is a complete nutcase. I must have slept through that portion
of the academy.
The last time I checked, "somebody else was doing it" was not a valid excuse for breaking any law. If you have a complaint about someone breaking
the law, call the cops! If you think the police over- or under-reacted, file a complaint. I am sure they have a civilian review board or an analog.
And, yes, they DO work because I have witnessed them in action. If you don't want to get involved in that process, write a letter-to-the-editor. Call
the local news channel's complaint line.
Before you proclaim what an injustice it was, put yourself in the place of the motorist who accidentally runs over a kid riding a lawnmower on a city
street or the parents of the kid who gets killed riding a lawnmower on the street. ...to get a slurpee. Oh, please!