posted on Sep, 18 2011 @ 06:41 AM
While I believe that the number of bad cops outweigh the number of good cops by at least 5 to 1, and this is purely on the basis of my own
interactions with the police, I will "respect the authoritah" of the original poster.
In 2009 I was subjected to a rather brutal muggery. I was out, on my bike gone midnight, in fact I had just gone to the local Tesco store (I'm in the
UK). It was a warm summers night, so I was taking a scenic route home.
There was a gang of youths, 5 of them stood on the footpath. One of them stepped off the footpath, into my route of travel. I swerved around him. He
responded by yelling "#ing come here, knobhead", and grabbed me as I passed, pulling me off my bike. He then said "Give me all your money, your
cards, your keys, phone, music thingy and your #ing bike. Now."
I said "I'm sorry, but I have no money on me, I only use credit cards.", to which he responded by hitting me in the face. Or rather, trying to.
I'd been doing martial arts for a long time, and I responded automatically with a block. That was when his friends decided that my head made a nice
bottle opener, and proceeded to use my head to open their beer bottles.
Being hit from behind with a glass bottle is nothing like its pictured in the movies. It knocks you dizzy. Repeat that several times, and you're
pretty much incapacitated rather rapidly. I regained conciousness a short while later to see them hightailing it off down the road. At this point, a
passing car pulled over and 2 guys got out. One was an off-duty police officer. He summoned an ambulance, and phoned the staton for some duty officers
The first car on the scene was an ARV (armed response vehicle), not all police officers in the UK are authorized to carry weapons, but some are, and
they have cars clearly marked "Armed Police". Two officers got out, a male and a female. Both had guns (I have since learned they were modified
versions of HK MP5's), the male officer went over to talk to the guy who called them, while the female officer handed her counterpart her gun, and
took off her jacket, and pressed it against my head, which was bleeding quite heavily. I clearly remember her saying "It's OK sweetheart, its over
now, we're here and I won't let anything else happen to you."
At some point during this, another man approached, and both officers stood up, positioning themselves between me and the new approachee, quite
obviously intending to protect me. The new guy was a paramedic on his way home from a night out, and was wondering if he could help. They let him
approach and apply first aid till the ambulance arrived.
The other good police story was only 2 weeks ago.
I was out with my camera at 1am, which is an ideal time for night photography as the streets are quiet, which makes it perfect for long exposures. I
had set my camera up to photograph a sculpture that was being uplighted with blue lamps, giving it an electrified look when a cop car pulled over.
"Would you mind explaining your purpose here, sir?"
"I'm photographing the sculpture."
"Why not do that during the day?"
"Because the uplights aren't turned on durng the day."
"Why not earlier on during the night then? Its a bit suspicious, 1am."
"Because the traffic is still quite heavy earlier on, I'd have cars driving through the scene as I am trying to make a 2 second exposure."
"Okay, thats a fair enough reason. Crack on. Actually, I feel it fair to warn you that there have been some muggings and street robberies in this
area over the past 2 weeks. That looks like a nice camera, so I'd advise you to be alert."
He thought for a few seconds then added..
"Actually, what I'll do is just sit in my car, and make sure nobody interferes with you until you're done."
And he did exactly that.