Saturday, July 25, 2009

A Couple of Thoughts on the Police Threat

I haven't gotten it together to write the definitive post on the Skip Gates situation. But one of the things I've noticed in the media is that every one considers encounters with the police to be a threat to their health and safety.

As one of the commenters on RSI pointed out, "many believe if a cop tells you to do jump, you should simply ask, "How high, officer?"

Cops are armed to the teeth and a certain percentage of them are so provocative and belligerent that the only reasonable conclusion is that they're looking for confrontations.

Given that nobody can know which cops are looking for confrontations, it's reasonable for everyone to see cops more as potential threats than anything else.

Actually, I wonder about the extent to which the cops are seen as bigger threats than the criminals.


Anonymous said...

You want to hear a story? A close friend of mine was going thru a divorce and her soon to be ex managed to get court order to remove custody of two of their children from my friend's home. The order was quickly fought, corrected, rescinded and no longer valid. However, the cops, working on an invalid removal order, broke her front door down after they didn't get a response from inside after only allowing less than 15 seconds for persons inside to respond. This put my friend and her family in an extremely frightened state. My friend was handcuffed (in front of her children). Her crime - arguing with the cop, trying to tell him they had a bad removal order. She was threatened with disorderly conduct, but managed to calm down prior to being arrested. She was livid that this could happen to her. She had to jump through hoops to get her front door repaired. She could not find a lawyer in KY, WV, or VA who would represent her. She was never sure of what crime this would be, but she was never able to get that far. If a stranger did this, at the least there would be avenues for retribution. In my opinion, cops are scarier because they have an automatic trust bestowed upon them by members of "their" community which gives them an undeserved amount of power. I will qualify this and say that we do need police officers, but only for real crime.

Ric Caric said...

There's sounds relatively par for the course to me.