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Originally posted by ProfessorT
What people don't understand is that the police are human beings just like me and you. I think they do an amazing job day-in-day-out and it irritates me when negative new stories appear about one officer or a group of officers and then somehow they seem to represent the rest of the police - which is totally wrong. I love the fact that more often than not members on ATS think they know what it's like to be a police officer, pretending they know the law and what police can and can't do as well as the training they receive.
99.9% of people who dislike the police are students who let their testosterone take over and cause nonsensical protests.
May I just say well done to police in London who saved a mans life as he tried to run past them and off a roof where he would have dropped 4 storeys and undoubtedly would have suffered serious injuries or died.edit on 11-6-2013 by ProfessorT because: (no reason given)
Originally posted by InverseLookingGlass
Like any population there is a range of personalities and biases.
The problem is that LEO's are granted the right and trained to be to be judge jury and executioner at the point of contact between a citizen and the law. Whether you live or die is mostly about how they feel at any given moment.
The Good and bad alike adhere uniformly to a code of silence and opacity. The moral equivalent of accomplices.
Will the hero's step forward? Cameras and audio on every LEO, cruiser and gun barrel NOW! Total transparency and modified training would solve most of these problems. Yea it's a dangerous job. It's also rewarding in more ways than one. "When in doubt, take them out" isn't going to work anymore.