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As a retired 30+ year Government LEO, I can truly tell you we have now moved the peg towards a libertarian state, in which I welcome.
Why, Because corruption in LE has ALWAYS been there and now with the personal camera, we can document the police like never before and that truly scares them. It only seems that it is getting worse because light, now more than ever, is being shown on them and their lack of training towards the laws they get paid to enforce.
It was bad in the 70's through the 00's thanks to the War on Drugs and the scary terrorist behind every tree but now liberty is winning more than ever.
Yes, we must keep a vigilant eye on the police and Americans are now doing that more than ever with a "Contempt of Cop" attitude. Even when this is perfectly legal it is no less frustrating toward good LEO since now even they need to be perfect on camera.
The problem is this:
All COPS are ALPHAs! They are trained and required to maintain control of all encounters with the public. So naturally most encounters will not be in your advantage if you are skirting the law or if you happen to cross a cop that is missing on their quota for the month. It happens small towns and in the big cities and it happens to those that are less fortunate in status.
Sirricedit on 19/1/14 by sirric because: (no reason given)
Good to have you hear at this discussion. 30 year service. Congrats, my hat off to you. I would very much like to discuss with you your personal experiences. I have a differing view from you (which is perfectly fine) I am currently 13 years into serving my PD and great city and I have a completely differing outlook to many on this site and thread.
Don't get me wrong, I can fully understand why some people are disenchanted and how communication between the police and communities has not been what it could be. There is a great amount of distrust and I have noticed a change in attitude within the PD since joining back in 00. Anything you wish to offer on here would be greatly appreciated.
I must say that I am not in any way a libertarian or do I hold those political views at all!!
Were there corrupt Officers where I worked? Yes. Did I stand up to them, yes as I was a FT, shift LT and then Chief. I cleaned house and made sure that all were knowledgeable about the rights of all the people under our protection. It was hard to do but worthwhile.