posted on Jan, 13 2011 @ 10:09 PM
Originally posted by seeashrink
There are more cocky officers with bad attitudes than there are good ones. There are many reasons for this but one of the biggest is fear. That’s
right…fear. The officer must feel that he/she is in control of the situation and that you view him in a position of authority. If not, he is out of
control and this is a scary situation for him. So to compensate for this fear he develops the cocky attitude. The problem is that most officers cannot
differentiate between the circumstances that need this attitude and the ones that do not. In other words, if the officer just came from a fight at the
bar where he needed all the control that he could muster and then stops you for running a stop sign, he may find it hard to make the transition. This
is not an excuse, but it is a fact.
First of I want to say thanks for writing all this. It will no doubt come in handy.
Anyway, this particular part of your thread reminded me of something that happened to me when I was younger. I was about 16 and it was the 4th of
July. We had bought fire works earlier that day and we went to this place that we had always gone to to set them off. This was a public place where
fire works were sold and people from the surrounding cities went to set off their fireworks.
Only apparently this year, they were not allowing people to bring their own fireworks on to the land. You had to buy it there if you wanted to set
them off their. We did not know that though. Se we ( My mom, sister, her boyfriend at the time and I) are walking to find a place to set them off. A
cop ( real big guy) came up to me and asked to see what was in the bag. I of course showed him and said it's just fire works...
He said, if you did not buy them here you can't set them off here... I understood. No problem at all... But I was curious and said " Oh, ok, no
troubles meant. Is that a new city law or something?" And I guess he took that as me questioning his authority. He just blew up! He started screaming
and cussing at us insisting that we leave now or we will be arrested. So we all just walked back to our cars. Not saying a word as he followed us
screaming and cussing...
Now I was young and I didn't even think to get his badge number or anything... So we just got in the car and drove away... a whole 20 feet across the
street to a different place that also sells fire works and to this day allows you to bring your own fireworks...
Now... I always wondered what could have set this cop off... I mean, it was an innocent question that I asked him and I was very polite and smiling
and everything... But now that you mention it. It is very possible that he just got finished dealing with some idiots fighting or something.... As you
said.. No excuse for that kind of behavior.... but still...
Now to this day, this particular cop stands out as the worst cop I have ever had to deal with. Highly unprofessional and quite frankly, I really wish
I had thought to get his badge number to make an official complaint.
It's just sad, when the 16 year old kid is acting more maturely and handling the situation better than a cop.... Man was he childish.... But I
Thanks so much for writing all this.