Rather difficult to avoid those people as my sister, my sister-in-law, and 2 cousins are law enforcement officers. And none of them are anything like the people you describe. Through them I have met a lot of other officers. Again not like the people you described.
Yup, they did. Agree completely
And to be clear, yes, the biggest issue here is the totally unacceptable conduct by the police. I'd fire every last one of them, I don't want cops like that in my town.
But Brown does not deserve to be given a free pass here. The manner in which he acted throughout the entire incident needs to be made clear it was unacceptable. Giving people the impression you are entitled to act in that manner only will lead to more people thinking it's acceptable to act unlawfully simply because the police cannot act in a proper manner.
I think absolving either side here is kinda ridiculous. It's pretty apparent (at least to me) that both sides screwed up here.
Yeah, but it all comes down to "know your audience." You can really tell a lot about someone just by what profession that they've chosen.
How many cops have you met that are actually in it to serve the people? At the end of the day, they get their kicks out of being above the law. So the next time you interact with one of these people, outsmart them by not falling for it. They're looking for a reason to bust out their shiny new taser or scream at you because your car is nicer than theirs. If you think that "firing all of these and hiring new ones" is going to solve anything, you're dead wrong. Most normal, friendly people don't want to be shot at. The people who APPLY to these jobs fit the profile that we all hate. Do yourself a favor and limit your contact with them by not breaking the law and if you do break the law, wrap it up as fast as possible.
"Sorry officer, I was in a rush and it's late so I figured the slots would be unneeded. I tried to get in and out as fast as possible." Just a handful of intelligence and he goes home instead of getting tased.
Now, I am not saying those people don't exist, but painting all police with that wide brush is just wrong. There's tons of police officers that are good people. My guess is most are.
Your experience with law enforcement is different than mine, starting at 10 years old when a cop detained me in front of my house because he confused a nerf gun with a real gun. I suspect that more people share my view than yours. We could take a poll if you'd like. The amount of cops who have been rude to me for very little to no cause far outweighs the completely professional public servants.
Roy, you've had 100s of encounters with cops? I'm referring solely to a detainment situation. The stereotypes are there for a reason: people believe it to be true.
Iím a defense attorney. Watching - and exaggerating - police behavior is what we do.
Stereotypes are dangerous. They take the bad actions of a few and spread them to everybody.
Its dangerous if you use it the wrong way. It's intelligent if you use it as a starting data point. Why completely dismiss statistics? Also I would argue that if it's only a few, it wouldn't be a stereotype.
What other stereotypes should we buy into? What percentage of the population believing a stereotype makes it a legit starting point?
Is it safe to assume youíre not friends with any blacks, whites, Hispanics, Asians, Jews, Muslims, foreigners, Southerners, Christians, city dwellers, Northerners, gays, rural residents, teachers, doctors, lawyers, bankers, car salesmen, Baby Boomers, Gen-Xers, Millenials, etc.? Because they all have negative stereotypes that you presumably buy into as a starting point.