posted on Jun, 30 2011 @ 02:47 PM
reply to post by SFA437
The difference is that most blacks, gays, women, men, etc. don't have the power to kill, injure, or imprison us with impunity, and most don't.
All police have those powers.
The job by it's nature and power it confers must be judged more strictly than others, and must be held to a much higher standard than most.
Some leos lie. Some leos steal. Some leos kill.
Our problem is that all leos look the same to us...we
can't distinguish a good one from a bad one by sight alone; I sincerely wish we
So when we see one that violates our sense of right and wrong, and other leos leap first to his or her defense and tries to find justifications (some
fairly extreme) for the behavior, it looks to us like none respect us.
None that we can discern at any rate.
Even if 95% of cops were respectful, polite, and never, ever violated citizen's rights or intentionally harmed people they didn't like, we would be
pretty stupid if we acted as if they were 100% clean. More to the point, it simply isn't safe
to trust a cop not to cause you harm, or that
their behavior is going to be rationally predictable. For the average citizen, cops are far more dangerous than criminals are. The chances you will be
accosted by a criminal to your detriment are far lower than your chance of a negative interaction with a cop.