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Originally posted by mryanbrown
reply to post by Damian-007
I've called them baby killers. Another discussion.
But he's right.
If you don't like it. Don't support an organization that kills babies.
Originally posted by tank1976
This time was to do a "courtesy check" of my window tint. Wha??? This time I could clearly see the cop visually searching my vehicle inside/out and my only guess was he was praying for some type of "reasonable cause" to pull me out of the vehicle to search or detain me. Again...I was let go. Radar speed traps on residential streets handing out tickets for 6-9mph over violations? WTF??? Finding the smallest of reasons to pull people over? Following you for miles just waiting for one of your tires to touch a white line to pull you over for "failure to maintain"???
Come on now coppers what's the deal??? How is it that cops in a gang/crack neighborhood could be reasonably cool, and understanding to the non-criminal citizens, wave, say hello, but now years later in low crime areas they are harrassing and scrutinizing the crap out of everyone??? Its not just my neighborhood but all over Georgia when I repeat these stories to my other friends and co-workers getting harrassed for similar things.
Originally posted by JWH44
reply to post by whaaa
I agree; the us/them mentality is hard to break. But try to look at it from a sociological perspective. It is, by nature, very difficult to fully become a part of a community or group that you have to police. Consider it as a type of management/employee scenario. As managers of a community, we have to maintain a level of distance, on a personal level, from that community in order to effectively manage it. Just as managers in an office have to avoid the pitfalls of becoming too friendly with their employees, so must police be very cautious of becoming too close to those that they might one day have to arrest.
it is an unfortunate, yet natural sociological occurance. In a way, it is very unnatural from how we as social creatures are programmed to act.
Originally posted by richierich
The day a cop is allowed to manage more than his personal finances is the day i go postal.
II. On Civil and Political Rights
In the United States, civil and political rights of citizens are severely restricted and violated by the government.
The country's police frequently impose violence on the people. Chicago Defender reported on July 8, 2009 that a total of 315 police officers in New York were subject to internal supervision due to unrestrained use of violence during law enforcement. The figure was only 210 in 2007. Over the past two years, the number of New York police officers under review for garnering too many complaints was up 50 percent (www.chicagodefender.com...). According to a New York Police Department firearms discharge report released on Nov. 17, 2009, the city' s police fired 588 bullets in 2007, killing 10 people, and 354 bullets in 2008, killing 13 people (gothamist.com..., November 17, 2009). On September 3, 2009, a student of the San Jose State University was hit repeatedly by four San Jose police officers with batons and a Taser gun for more than ten times (www.mercurynews.com..., October 27, 2009). On September 22, 2009, a Chinese student in Eugene, Oregon was beaten by a local police officer for no reason (The Oregonian, October 23, 2009, blog.oregonlive.com...). According to the Amnesty International, in the first ten months of 2009, police officers in the U.S. killed 45 people due to unrestrained use of Taser guns. The youngest of the victims was only 15. From 2001 to October, 2009, 389 people died of Taser guns used by police officers (theduckshoot.com...).
Abuse of power is common among U.S. law enforcers.
Originally posted by rusethorcain
reply to post by JWH44
I hate guns and I hate war. I wish there were none of either, but I love cops and I love soldiers. Go figure.
I gratefully, and from the bottom of my heart appreciate anyone willing to fight a battle, maybe even die, just to save my liberty or my life.
Originally posted by litmuspaper
To get respect you have to give respect, respect is something that is earned by your actions towards another, having a badge and wearing a uniform doesn’t automatically give you respect.
I realize your job of public service is considered to be more “noble” than, say, becoming an accountant, but if a cop is a complete a-hole and my accountant is a generally pleasant dude my accountant is going to receive more respect from me.
If the accountants in our nation were being complete dicks to everyone a majority of the time, and breaking laws while they get away with doing so by covering for each other, you’d find the same anger expressed on this site for people in the accounting business.
It has less to do with you being a cop, and more to do with a certain type of person repeatedly showing up in the same occupation. Therefore, the occupation as a whole is given a bad rep.