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Originally posted by TorqueyThePig
I hate responding to threads involving Police Officers because I am one. It is like a second job defending my job. It breaks my heart that people think we are all corrupt and are only there to raise revenues. Sometimes it makes me want to quit my job. When I attend social events and people ask me what I do, I tend to lie. I hate the look I get when I tell them what I really do. I bust my ass and risk my life everyday trying to make the city I grew up in a better place. I've never had a complaint, and people generally like me (unless they are doing something wrong). I am currently a School Resource Officer at a High School and everyday I try to help the kids, and the community experience a better life.
What probably hurts the most is listening to some of the people on this site.The funny thing is I am a lot like most of you on here, and probably have the same view about government and the law. I will always stand against a Totalitarian government. Yet no one stops to think about that. Maybe that cop has the same views as you do. No instead they see a cop pass by and automatically think to themselves there's another corrupt, prejudice cop. Are they not in fact prejudice themselves in judging the cop without knowing them?
As for the recent killings. Yes it is part of the job. Just like when you're in the military. However that doesn't make it any less depressing. We have families too. I bet you that all the suspects involved in the shootings were not normal every day citizens that were being "harassed" by the cops. No they were hardened criminals. The scum of society. If you find yourselves happy over a criminal taking an officers life, or defending their actions I do feel sorry for you.
As for corrupt cops they for sure exist, and I am sure some defend their actions. However that is not the majority. We have had a couple of officers at my department involved in questionable activities. They were quickly investigated and fired. One was criminally charged. Our internal affairs department did their job without prejudice. But of course instead of people focusing on the positive side "police department IDENTIFIES, ARRESTS, and FIRES corrupt cop", they focus on the one bad cop, and all the sudden the whole department is corrupt. Oh well I guess we can't win for losing.
In closing if you are having an issue with a cop report them. Go through the chain of command. Eventually I would think you would find someone willing to listen and do something about it. If not, move! =) just kidding.
Originally posted by FrancoUn-American
reply to post by truthseeker1984
I've been snubbed and beaten by the police one too many times to give a crap about any one in a uniform. I've never ever once been helped by the police, they have been a constant source of dismay in my area and people get what they deserve. And no the cops arent my last line of defense or arms, I have plenty of weapons and I spend plenty of time on the range with alot of bigger and badder things then a worthless police model 40 cal or 9mmedit on 05/24/2010 by FrancoUn-American because: ahem
But the operation outside Austin presaged what could prove to be one of the most far-reaching and potentially controversial uses of drones: as a new and relatively cheap surveillance tool in domestic law enforcement.
For now, the use of drones for high-risk operations is exceedingly rare.
But by 2013, the FAA expects to have formulated new rules that would allow police across the country to routinely fly lightweight, unarmed drones up to 400 feet above the ground - high enough for them to be largely invisible eyes in the sky.
Such technology could allow police to record the activities of the public below with high-resolution, infrared and thermal-imaging cameras.
One manufacturer already advertises one of its small systems as ideal for "urban monitoring." The military, often a first user of technologies that migrate to civilian life, is about to deploy a system in Afghanistan that will be able to scan an area the size of a small town. And the most sophisticated robotics use artificial intelligence to seek out and record certain kinds of suspicious activity.
Originally posted by DimensionalDetective
I hope these officers aren't correct-If everybody starts resorting to violence, this is going to get unbelievably ugly and dangerous...
Originally posted by Whereweheaded
The days when cops die is a good day...just comes to show you that when the para-military ( police ), exceed their boundaries, that the voices of the public will be heard. Not to mention the actions of the people. The para-military personnel of the elite have no concern of tazing children, beating handicap people and so forth, so why should we mourn the death of a cop? All because he died in the line of duty? What about the innocent victims that have been mortally wounded because of the cops tactics? Or how bout those whom have died because of one tazing to many? What goes around comes around~
Originally posted by whatukno
reply to post by Tharsis
You know what, cops are legally held responsible for any crimes they commit. Not only in the criminal courts, but also the civilian courts as well.
I think a lot of people had a bad experience with a cop at some point in their lives and think that all cops are like that. Well sorry some cop took your bag pal, but some cop takin' your stash does not equate to an atrocity.
A cop wasting a gang member for pulling a gun on him is not an atrocity, it's called self defense.
A cop busting a drunk driver is not an atrocity, it's enforcing the law.
Don't let ATS fool you, there are a lot of good cops out there just trying to do their jobs, and trying to make this country a safer place for everyone to live in. Sure some cops can be dicks, but hey, so can anyone else, just because they have that uniform on doesn't make them a robot, they are still human and as a human they have emotions.
Most of the time I have found if you treat a cop with respect and dignity they will return the favor.