posted on Jul, 14 2011 @ 01:17 AM
The longer you continue to trust that everything is hunky dory, the more opportunity you allow for corruption.
People behave differently when they think their actions aren't going to bring about consequences. When people are in private, they do some pretty
unusual things that they don't often brag about in public. You can argue that police are not 'in private', but their words hold more weight than
yours, so they can choose to hold back if they want to, which essentially allows their actions to remain secretive. Just because someone is under
oath, it is not a guarantee those oaths will be followed.
In the scenario played out, the officer decided to escalate the situation, as many do, even after the guy complied with the initial request, and there
were no issues, so all this guy is doing is reminding these officers that certain rules are in place, and that he's done nothing wrong to justify any
further actions take place. Since police nor Internal Affairs can be trusted to handle this type of thing, that obligation is left up to us, the
citizens, to carry out. Remember, they are public servants, we pay them with our earnings, and we should be highly encouraged to check in from time to
time to ensure their jobs are being done in our best interests, or no one will. Retailers hire secret shoppers for this very reason, it's no
So we all wonder what the hell has happened to our freedoms? Here's a start: stop putting so much faith in our government. When you give people power
and control, they'll eventually begin to abuse it. Unless we frequently remind them, our public servants, that us citizens are in charge, we'll
continue down this same dark path, eventually leading to a point where we're on the other end of the stick. History tends to repeat itself, and since
we're 'in the know', right now, we shouldn't be ignoring this fact.