I'm a law abiding citizen, and afraid of very little, but I am terrified of the police in the United States. I would rather take my chances by dealing with criminals on my own, sadly. Luckily, I spend 6 random months a year in Japan. I love the police of that country. They are respectful, like I imagine cops in the UK are now. I lived in the UK from 1990 -1994, and I thought the police show respect there as well.
I think something is wrong with the oversight of the police force, but it seems there are few ways to fix it. I think people who want the police to change, should join their ranks, and fix it from the inside. If I was cop and saw a brother officer mess up, I would organize a head stomping party for him at the station, at least. The police who abuse their authority have no serious deterent from being stupid.
edit on 7-8-2012 by tamusan because: (no reason given)