Based on my own past experiences with the Police and what appears to be an epidemic of Police brutality caught on video just these past few days, I have very minimal respect for the Police. Based on what I see, their motto ought to be “Abuse and Harrass”.
I am your typical white upper middle class redneck who cherishes his freedom… and who only respects authority figures if they earn it. A badge does not automatically make me respect the wearer.
Chicago, to which I moved 12 years ago, is ripe with countless examples of forced confessions, Police overreaction and abuse, outrageous off-duty behavior and downright harrassment of citizens. In many communities they simply have too many police, and in order to keep their empires growing, Police Chiefs use unspoken means to encourage their officers to ticket motorists, pedestrians or citizen minding their own business to raise revenue to support their empire.
Police are needed to maintain law and order… that’s it. But when I see the Police spending what seems to be 90% of their time writing petty tickets I wonder. In my entire life, I have had a number of crimes committed against me. I have been mugged twice, I have been robbed 3 times, I have been assaulted 1 time and in all of those cases not a single solitary thing was every done. Not a single lead or whiff of whom did these crimes was every communicated. And this is just my own personal statistic. When I talk causually with friends, I find similar results. ZERO crimes solved by the Police
And in those instances where they do solve crimes, often the Courts put the people back out on the street. So in my estimation very few criminals get caught… but when they do get caught, I am seeing this increasing trend of the Police beating the living hell out of the criminal. And the beatings are not needed to subdue the crimininal. Instead it would seem the Police feel their badge gives them the liberty to do almost anything including beating the hell of people. Is it no wonder people are growing cynical and strongly disrespectful of the police.
Regrettably, I have never had a good experience with an on-duty Cop. I have been nearly shot… for nothing more than pulling my insurance card from my visor, I have been nearly tazed because I refused to lay in gravel when asked. You may say, I should have complied, but I say… I deserve the respect to know why I am being asked to do things that by all appearances make no sense. And if I am complying in all other manners with the officer there is no need to tackle, grind my face into the gravel and pummel my back as they pretend to struggle with putting cuffs on me or anyone.
Turns out, as I told the Cop in the above situation, I was merely an innocent bystander by was nearly tazed. I cannot help feeling the COP was using his power as an officer of the court to play BIG TOUGH COP; he overreacted and nearly caused a serious problem as he played BIG TOUGH COP.
I believe many Cops were those kids in High School that everyone laughed at or mocked… admittedly cruel, but simply a part of High School life these days. Now that they have grown up allegedly, and now they have become Cops. Beware of PUNK ASS COPS in POWER positions.
The bonehead Aurora Illinois Cop that nearly tazed me, made a point of telling me that his BADGE gave him the authority to demand I comply with his requests. And that I need to comply or risk being seriously injured. Can you believe this crap? What an ASS!!!!
A BADGE is nothing more than cheap tin and some numbers. And just because a moron COP tells me to drop in the mud or into gravel because he thinks that appropriate, is not reason enough for me.
Video cameras are slowly shining the light of day on Police brutality… and as more and more of us become fed up with the abuse we are going to carry cameras to record the harrassment and abuse. This is our only safeguard against PUNK ASS Cops who have the Barney Fife syndrome. And trust me there are thousands of PUNK ASS Cops roaming the streets just looking to play tough guy. Of course these PUNK ASS Cops make the honest Cops jobs much more difficult.
How about the POLICE… POLICE THEMSELVES. You honest Cops, straighten out those PUNK ASS Cops ruining your reputation. Take them out back, scream at them to hit the ground… make sure it is pure mud, and then as you cuff them grind their face into the mud as you club them pretending they are resisting arrest. Do that one time, and these PUNKS would learn even when you leave High School, you are subject to harrassment if you are a PUNK! Instead today the PUNKS are becoming Police on a mission to revenge their High School nerd complexes. And you honest Cops, while having the support of the masses today, may someday find that has disappeared… so I urge swift hazing of your PUNK ASS brethren.