I identify as a conservative/Republican but I just can't defend the police. They've brought all of this mess on themselves. Police officers claim "99% of us are good". Ok, I'll humor them. If 99% are good then why is it such an issue exposing and removing the tiny amount of bad cops? The truth of the matter is that their first priority is looking out for their own. And it doesn't matter how horrible of a person they are. The few good cops that did expose bad coworkers have all suffered either through being fired or harassed.
That Atlanta cop was so scared of being stung by a taser yet they had no problems using one on a non-complying 90 year at a nursing home. And yes, that really happened. It just doesn't add up. Maybe he doesn't deserve capital murder charges but I'm not going to lose any sleep over it.
I'll never understand why some of my fellow conservatives are constantly kissing up to the police. I have news for them. The cops don't care about them and would mow them down in an instant if the mayor told them to. Cops are there to protect the government. They made it obvious during the stay at home orders that they don't uphold their oath to honor the Constitution. They enforced unconstitutional orders and locked up hair dressers and other small business owners who were trying to feed their families. There was one police officer who made a viral video and promised to uphold the Constitution and wouldn't enforce these tyrannical orders. He got fired for that. But I and others respect him because he had integrity and stood up for what is right. Unfortunately the truly good cops are the minority.
Very well said...
Cops are us..and We are them.
Are all humans 'good'? F*** No!
Are all cops 'bad'??? F*** No!
This pat all cops on the back and say 'great job'! Is just as annoying as saying 'Thank you for your service' to military people...you may have just applauded a serious War criminal as grins and walks away thinking what a dumbass, wtf does he know?
And the odds of those who say that at every opportunity has certainly done that unknowingly. I'm not saying don't express that support but be selective if you must.
Same goes with cops, they are made from your, our local gene pools but in many cities...the cops reside outside many metro areas and do not see locals (in many cases) as 'apart of them' but as the other. Just like occupied US troops view locals (been there)...but in America that should never be the case.
And that's where the problems come in.
Local cops viewed me that way when I first moved here ..I'm sure they figured me to be a drug dealer, that was 20 years ago most of those guys are gone and the new force are in place and one day as I walked across Wilshire Blvd, I heard a siren - I turn and it was unit waving at us - we'd become a common sight and we always acknowledge each other, that's respect between people who really do know each other but are familiar with each other. I've stepped in assisted with nfo regarding an elderly neighbor having an episode and they appreciate people who know neighbors.
I've had bad run ins with shady cops in Hollywood, sheriffs too - bad apples. Pulled over in Mississippi because of a flashy car (driving cross country) 'that didn't look like it belong to me'..I've seen my share of bad apples but luckily I didn't get treated like George Floyd or Rashad Brooks..but looking back...I can easily see how it could have with wrong bad apple.
These individuals praying for a shoot out between peaceful protesters infiltrated by troublemakers but cops opening fire on any crowd is the exact sickness this deranged president wants..and the nation is on to him and growing sick of him by the day esp. after more and more truth about him comes to light. He's a despicable human being and now the NFL and others are asking themselves 'WTF were we thinking listening to this guy'??? History will prove that he and those like him were on the same side of US history as Bull Connor & George Wallace. The WRONG side of American history.
To first answer the loaded 'yes or no', Yes. Because, guess what, I read several detailed news reports from several sources, which gave the details of what is said to have happened, the basis of which are the charges against the officer concerned. Plus of course the video evidence.
Rather than the knee jerk cops are good, minorities are when killed by them, always wrong, or dangerous. Speaks volumes. And you don't hide it well.
I cannot match BN747's experiences, not had any interactions with them when in the US.
A colleague who retired a couple of years ago, recounted to me his first trip to the US some 30 years before. He is white, short (barely 5 foot 2 or 3), English, on his first US trip using concessional airline travel.
Landed at LAX, left the airport, needed directions, being brought up in a country that polices by consent, indeed we were all brought up it seems with the advice 'if you are lost, need help, ask a policeman'.
He did, politely, the cop slammed him against the wall asking his business and got very aggressive. Seeing his passport calmed him a bit and my colleague just got out of the area.
I mean, it must be distressing for a cop to be asked directions by a foreigner next to an major international airport, even one who speaks perfect English.
Anecdotal? Yes but from an honest person, I was surprised when he told me, this being in the late 1980's when it happened.
He said it before I did, 'good job I wasn't black'.
As for those cops who pulled a protest sickie, (how DARE the law apply to them), this is a force that needs rebuilding, disbanding and fundamentally reforming, call it what you will.
Hopefully those shirkers will be on the list to be fired.
They show fundamental contempt for the laws they are sworn to uphold.
What's that phrase? 'The biggest gang of all'.