reply to post by Kr0n0s
I'm not a "cop" anymore. I'm still in the law enforcement realm. I've just found a much cooler, less risky job. I came pretty close to leaving
my wife without a husband and my children without a father.
*And here is a bit of personal stuff for those thinking we are all bad*
I had an individual get arrested for shoplifting in a store. The store LPO called because the minor offense *(theft under $5000) was committed by a
repeat youth offender.
I knew this kid by name, I attended.
I arrived, and let my guard down. Because this was a kid that I've dealt with multiple times, we were on good relation basis.
I informed him that despite our acquaintance, he still needed to be processed. I've never treated him badly, he was an alright kid, just made dumb
choices that got worse. Several times, I thought I had made some headway with him.
I even helped him find a place to live. Long story short, he had a concealed pistol in his waistband. I wasn't going to search him until we were at
the vehicle. While exiting the store, he managed (while handcuffed), pull it out and fire 1 round sideways towards me. It didn't hit me, it ripped
my uniform pants, and embedded in the cashier sign pole, 3 inches from a cashier.
I took pride in my ability to talk most situations down, with all my skills. I took pride in my ability to perceive that I might even be respected by
Boy, eye opener. I decided to do something else, because I didn't want to turn into the A$$hole version of myself and treat everyone as though they
were now this kid. I got into law enforcement to help people. Not get shot at by a kid that stole a pair of jeans.
Purpose of my point here...
Sometimes that is the reason ALL criminals are treated equal. Regardless of the size of the offense. Small, as some have put it "misdemeanors",
aren't always committed by first time offenders.
I kinda take cop hating personally, but also can understand why they are hated by some people.
I don't condone ill timed taser use, pepper spray, baton, carotid restraint, arm bars, joint manipulation, abusive yelling. Everything is
This particular situation, WAS an act fast, as the individual was approaching moving cars, could have caused multiple vehicle collisions, killing a
lot more than just himself. I don't think the officers were "wrong" in their attempt, as I truly believe they just wanted to stop the situation
from continuing, and that decision was all their skills and training had to offer.
Most police officers in Canada don't readily pull out a taser.. As it happened here, a man was killed in Vancouver airport. My personal opinion
there is, I found the usage of a taser, very uncalled for.
It was slightly similar to this one in a couple ways. But also vastly different. However, I don't think it was abused on the situation of this
And if that warrants you all to hate me because of my opinion, then I guess the whole point of CIVIL open forum discussion is wasted.
I just think it is sad that there are a million police officers who would die to save your life. And only a few that would tase for very little
reason. That sucks because it's still few too many.
[edit on 7-12-2009 by Demoncreeper]