reply to post by morder1
This is true but for the first time in my life I feel threatened and powerless, more terrified of law enforcement than criminals. In fact I live in a
pretty safe area and so the Police have nothing to do but stop people for petty traffic violations to bulk up the Police Retirement Fund.
I never received anything other than parking tickets in my life but here a short time and already two tickets. Changing lanes quickly which was
deemed hazardous driving and then again going 8 miles over the speed limit. Cost for the two tickets to keep points off my license, $500 and only
because one of them I bargained down.
The over use and indiscriminate use of the taser, also shooting unarmed suspects in broad daylight...I know it is tough battle field being a Police
Officer in today's dangerous climate especially when crime is rampant and you are outgunned by thieves.
But when the mentality turns on the citizens and old women are tased during traffic stops to keep them in line, it has gone over the top of what is
permissible to protect the community.
Police deal with corruption within ranks like the church deals with abusive Priests.
A tete et tete between the Cops and whatever entity of the government or State that "owns them" on behalf of "the people" needs to take place, and
Identify the problems and reasons cops feel excessive force is required.
Try to eliminate as many of those reasons as possible in order to meet them halfway and then in no uncertain terms and at risk of severe penalty and
FORBID excessive force, entrapment, coercion, quotas or any other abusive, invasive or revenue producing trick tactics to be performed on the public
I would not necessarily fine the Police Department or do anything that limits their capacity to do their job but I would make their record of abuse
public and keep it in the open as a factor for or against new growth and prosperity of the area and that department.
edit on 3-7-2011 by
newcovenant because: (no reason given)