posted on Jun, 21 2010 @ 10:11 PM
Anyone who has seen my posts on this site knows animal cruelty makes me go insane. Anyone doing this is bad enough. But someone in a position of
authority? I like to believe most cops are basically decent. I like to. And I know two cops who could have reacted very differently in my case when
called to my house when I had a seizure. My cat tried to eat one of them. Fortunately, kitty sunk his teeth into one of the cops Kevlar vests.
But I thought is there a psychological fingerprint that identifies cops, as well as those who are more likely to abuse their authority? I have a
friend I've known since I was 13. I'll call him "John" He became a cop, and he was the perfect cop. Seriously. Totally honest, very considerate (I
heard when people he arrested spit, etc. on John, he did nothing. Another cop in the same tiny suburban dept. did something but was settled in civil
court,) I know there is a personality trait that associates people who are cruel to animals with sociopathic behavior. They crave control, and
infliction of cruelty and terror. Being a cop is perhaps the most visible "power position" in the US, and many other societies. As people on ATS
know, true power, is not visible, or if it is, it's not recognizable. Trust me, it's better this way.
I know John had said to me several times he was often very uncomfortable with people being so nervous around him when in uniform. I asked "and this
is a surprise"? If John has a negative trait, I'd say his world is very, 2 dimensional. My guess he would not do well in the covert world, in the
uniform military he'd be perfect. I am not knocking the services, I have often envied his clarity of thought, and sense of purpose, and in other
uniform members. I also admire the self discipline which for me seems to coincide with phases of the moon. In my case, I may be very creative, but
I'm also more then a little devious, and a certifiable flake.
10 years ago he asked to come over out of the blue. He was upset. He said someone on the force had hurt a dog in a home of a guy they were serving a
summons, or something like that. But he was not being arrested. A terrier was in the kitchen, about 10ft from the side door. It stayed where it was
told to by the owner. The owner was polite, sober,etc. The dog was barking, but not moving. The other cop grabbed his baton and smacked the dog on the
My friend was shocked, the owner broke into tears. The dog later died of an aneurysm. I know because John checked on him and the owner after the fact.
I said to John that cop has demonstrated an inability to compartment certain responses with co-corresponding emotion's, like those associated with
perceived threats. That makes him worse then a loaded gun because even then someone has to aim and pull the trigger. I said this guy has got to go.
What does your superior think? He can't stand the guy, but he needs "a good excuse". How about a lawsuit a lot bigger then the depart. settled for
$650,000? They got rid of the guy in 2 days. Got 3months severance. Etc.
I would really like to see as part of a psychological test for "power positions", cops in particular, visable to everyone, including plain cloths a
test based on how one responds to different animals. You don't have to like, or have animals to "pass". Like many tests it would gauge the
"appropriateness" of a response. Untypical animals, as long as they can be properly handled might be useful, but I could see goats as a problem.
They don't play well with others. Hell, they don't play well with themselves. But I could also just stick with dogs, cats, maybe a parrot who really
swore. Perhaps it could weed out the bad, and specifically the dangerous ones. Some people were not meant to have power over others, seen or not.
Those who enjoy it to much would be at the top of my list.
[edit on 21/6/10 by arbiture]