posted on Jun, 5 2012 @ 07:06 PM
Stories like this are one of the reasons my children are being taught much different than I was about interactions with the police. I was taught to
respect the police and that I could always go to one for help, because they were the good guys. I don't believe that anymore and don't want to lie
to my kids.
I still teach them to be polite to officers when interacting with them, but to limit interactions with police to as little as possible.They are being
taught that the authority of the police comes from the fact that they carry a weapon,and are the enforcers for a legal system that has failed to
protect inalienable rights for many years now and that we as a family do not have the money or political power/connections to seek redress if
aggrieved by one. When they get a little older I will make them watch the youtube video (which I have saved in several formats) "Why you should never
talk to the police". It sucks that it's come to that, but it's what I believe.
At some point in the last quarter century the police motto has changed from "protect and serve" to "get home safe regardless of the rights you
trample on". Sunshine laws in many states will let you see what your local gendarme makes for a living, some go as far as to give names and salaries
others require a bit of deduction like knowing what a Lt. in the PD makes and matching the name to the pay. I encourage all to look it up. It's my
opinion that even with the risks that the profession entails many police are overpaid.
I think the most disturbing thing about the OP is the number of people who willingly submitted to a police overreach. Nothing will change as long as
so many are sheep. Awareness is getting better though and here is my idea on how to turn things even more against police.
White America by and large could care less about whether police are killing black and hispanic kids. It's a fact, I saw it in my own family during
Katrina. They saw hundreds of black kids and elderly outside the civic center and Superdome in the immediate aftermath and felt sympathetic, but it
didn't break their heart like i thought it should have. However, when the suffering pooches were shown on TV it really bothered them and you could
tell. So my idea is not to focus on events like the OP or other things that outrage me, but to focus on the dogs killed almost daily nowadays by
police. I dare say if you showed a montage of all the pooches killed by the police in the past few years, it would garner more outrage than if you
showed all the people killed by police in questionable circumstances.