posted on Oct, 24 2011 @ 10:47 PM
First - old ladies bruise easily. It happens when you get old - you get bruises simply because you've stood up too long and capillaries start
Second, and I'm going to get stiff remarks from the forum population over this - but many of these people who are "abused" by agents and officers
bring much of it upon themselves. If you tell three six foot tall officers; sent to you to accomplish an objective, to shove off, you'd best be
prepared for them to be none too pleased.
Yes, some officers are dicks. However, most are fairly reasonable. Similarly - most people can be fairly reasonable (if not a tad bit quirky in
their own ways). But, some people just decide to make a scene.
Many people, also, don't understand the "Force Continuum," the rules of using it, and the classifications of resistance.
You have presence, verbal, soft control, hard control, intermediate weapons, and lethal force. Presence is merely that - a uniform showing up tends
to deter disorderly conduct - particularly in an already peaceful scenario. Verbal is - as the name implies - a verbal instruction or command. Soft
controls are things like a touch or a guiding hand. Hard controls involve restraints and holds. Interim weapons are less-than-lethal methods. And
lethal force is an entire chapter worth of discussion - but amounts to any action that has a reasonable chance of inflicting a substantial injury
(deep laceration, dislocation, bone fracture, -death-, etc).
You have passive and active resistance that can be either disruptive or non-disruptive (and also a stage of compliance - but once that is reached, you
have no reason to do anything other than apply restraints if necessary or soft controls). Passive resistances do not go any higher than soft/hard
controls (no strikes or less-than-lethal weapons). Active resistances can go up to intermediate weapons until the conditions for the use of deadly
force are met (capability, intent, and opportunity for the suspect to use deadly force).
This is, of course, all conditional. But what it all translates to is: "Trying to # the system will get you #ed." An officer sent to accomplish a
mission will do what they can to accomplish it - it's about as simple as that. It is rare for an officer (or agent) to resort to any physical
confrontation when dealing with a person who treats them with a basic amount of respect.
For whatever reason - some people seem to want to try and argue government policy with an officer, or pick that specific time to try and pick a fight
over rights or some other issue. To put it bluntly - the officer would rather not be talking with you about why it's not socially acceptable to be
screaming at your wife on the sidewalk at 2 in the morning (or sent on a fetch quest about some moon rock or whatever). Whatever it is that is going
on in your life doesn't really matter that much to other people - they don't much care, and would like, more than anything, to stay out of it.
But - I'm rambling a bit. The point is - a lot of these cases are less a case of excessive force being used by the officers and more a case of
people getting absolutely irate over nothing, and giving the officers few practical options.