posted on Dec, 13 2012 @ 07:41 PM
Originally posted by Bedlam
Originally posted by 12m8keall2c
Im actually glad to hear that you've been somewhat forced to do a re-think with regards your perception of those in uniform, badges, etc...
You know, the problem I have boils down to a lack of oversight that's not in a conflict of interest, and the tendency to back each other up even when
they know better.
Being Irish (mostly, anyway), about half my relatives are LEOs of some sort. And about 30% of those are what I would call "questionable" in terms of
behavior, attitude, mismatched earnings vs expenditures and so on.
I just cut out a long true story, it's not worth going into, but one of my first interactions with police sort of set my attitude about the whole
thing. I don't trust cops. Even the ones I'm related to.
I think you get better odds with 1%ers - you get murderous whack jobs and assholes there too, but IMO the percentage is a lot lower. Put it this way,
I've been helped on the side of the road more by Bandidos than cops.
I know exactly what you are saying- And fully agree.
I have known some damn good cops- Our local Cop where I grew up (1 horse town) was unbelievably cool. He used to never bust us as kids (would make us
dump stuff on the side of the road) and even saved my butt from a drunk driving charge by "calling my parents" which was probably worse at the time-
But saved me in the future. Anyhow, he was a good dude. He had to arrest a friend of mine on a warrant and we he arrived my buddy had just gotten off
work and was covered in oil (was a mechanic)- This officer gave him a couple hours to clean up and eat and then came back and picked him up a couple
hours later- Maybe it was because it was a very small town with no real crime- IDK-
Anyhow, a couple years ago it was on the news that he had busted (at this time he was a Chief of Police) for doing lewd acts in the Police Station and
filming it, possessing drugs with intent to deliver, etc, etc, etc.
Now, I am almost positive that when I knew him he was not "dirty". The town was so small we knew each other by what car you saw-Seriously... Word
would have gotten out. But somewhere along the lines an Officer who was a really good human being became "dirty"-
I have also known some real jerks (Family members also) who used to all get drunk as hell and drive around their towns totally protected- They laughed
and joked about things which were in very bad taste sometimes talking about pretty personal stuff...They scared me thinking that I might run into
someone like this (who didnt know me) on ) who actually had a badge.
-Cops are just people- Some very, very good people. But generally I think the mindset (especially among new officers) is pretty scary- But Hell, I
think society is getting scary as a whole. My kid cannot bring a GI Joe toy to school (promotes violence) nor have cupcakes on his birthday at school
with his class (promotes obesity) and yet we are dumber, fatter and more violent IMO than ever before. =/