posted on Jun, 24 2004 @ 10:35 PM
crime prevention is OUR job. neighborhood watches, community involvement, parenting, taking an active role in what goes on in your neighborhood.
in many cases in neighborhoods all over america, be they rich poor or in between, people hardly know who their neighbors are. they dont have a clue
whats going in their neighborhood. cops can only enforce the law by arresting the criminal after they commit the crime in order to prevent the
criminal from becoming one, you have to take an active role.
lots of criminals DO come from bad neighborhoods as well as broken homes. but they also come from the suburbs. i knew kids that were stealing cars
left and right and nary a thing was done to them. no serious time. maybe a year or two and they're right back out there doing it all over again. i
lived in such a neighborhood. it was a nice quiet suburb. middle class, nothing rich by any means but it was nice to live in. but some kids...those
from broken homes, were commiting crimes, getting high, selling dope, stealing cars, drinking. you name it and they were doing it. kids in the
suburbs, teenagers. not some kid from the inner city. i KNOW this is a problem that effects all walks of life and all kinds of neighborhoods. with
those i personally knew their parents didnt know and didnt care what their kids were doing. one guy i knew had no mom and his dad was an alcholohic,
living in the burbs and he was out stealing cars and getting stoned. his dad didnt seem to care as his dad never lifted a finger to spend any time
if people care then people need to show it and act on it, not talk about it.
now as for this beating.
logically and reasonably thinking. i think the cop was in the wrong. i know his adrenaline was pumping and was probably angry as hell that this
suspect was putting other innocent people's lives in danger all because he didnt want to take responsiblity for his own actions but this shouldnt
excuse his behavior. this should be taken into consideration when this is reviewed but it shouldnt excuse him.
now on a more personal level....the little punk got what he deserved and IMO, didnt get enough it.
now its one thing if you get caught and get arrested. to me its another matter if you're running from the cops endangering other people's lives,
not only did he deserve to get beaten, he should have been beaten harder and longer. fortunately while his wreckless behavior didnt injure anyone
else this isnt always the case. innocent people have died from this and california is the car chase capitol of america if not the world. this
happens on a daily basis.
while the cop was full of adrenaline and anger this might have been the umpteenth time he's been involved in a car chase and all those memories of
all those chases (some of which might not have turned out so well as this one did) probably got the better of him.
now if it had been me i might have beat him until his head didnt resemble its original shape. i find it hard to muster ANY sympathy for people who
endanger other people's lives just to try and then fail to get away from the cops. at least 90% of the time the criminal gets caught so
statistically speaking the odds are against you for getting away. i dont know if these criminals have TV but cops has been on for a long time
now...havent any them caught on to this painfully obvious fact that they're going to get caught???
IMO if you run from the cops like this, you not only deserve to have this happen to you it SHOULD happen to you, mercilessly. endangering other
people, john and suzie Q public on the street, just so you can get away from the cops knowing you're going to get caught anyway?
sorry to say but if they dont care about other people lives and well being, why should we care about theirs? there is also the chance that he could
have had a wreck and died. he doesnt care about himself obviously, well not enough to simply give up, accept what he did and make ammends for it.
i cant care about someone who doesnt want to care about themselves, you gotta love yourself and care about yourself enough to not even get into this
type of situation let alone commit felonies. no remorse for what you do? then i have none for you.
this is just my personal opinion, while a part of me would love to see criminals like this get their just desserts with a night stick another part of
me knows it wrong to do that and it is THAT part that i have to agree with here. what the cop did WAS wrong but i think we're all looking at this
from the outside in, we might want to put into consideration what that cop has to go through. could any of us do that job? if so then we'd be doing
it wouldnt we? its easy to sit back in our chairs and act as if the cop is a racist or a hot head. that guy might be a family man and otherwise is a
really nice person for all we know. how would YOU feel if you had to deal with this over and over day after day, the public eye balling everything
you do, looking and waiting for you to # up just once so they can scream for your blood and demand you be fired. its no wonder cops have a high
suicide rate. its no wonder they do this from time to time. everyone demands perfection and refuses to give them a benefit of the doubt. this
doesnt excuse his behavior but there is a context for the behavior that isnt being considered.
maybe he should be fired, or suspended or simply given a desk job away from the streets. but before we simply write him off and demand our pound of
flesh lets do to him what many want done for the criminal, lets give him his due process before we presume him to be guilty.
[edit on 24-6-2004 by ThePrankMonkey]