Quote: Originally Posted by hunboldt
From watching the video I'd say he went overboard, slightly, after being harassed by the 'small town redddnekks'. No demand to move the cruiser, no dwama, no video. No 15 minutes of fame.
My comment was only in rebuttal to the bolded and underlined statement that PN made. I know cops are people, people have bad days, but to my way of thinking law enforcement officers need to be calm, cool and collected individuals. Going overboard,even slightly, not really the mark of a good law enforcement official in my opinion. Not saying he's awful or the worst out there but cops that don't/ can't keep their cool, well the fear is they'll be the ones to shoot first and ask questions later.
I'm speaking generally of course not to this specific situation.
Quote: Originally Posted by PoliticalNick
No it doesn't. Unfortunately though this has become commonplace and we see far to much of it. There are too many cops that believe they are the law and can do as they please. They need to learn they are there to serve us, not abuse us. It is also high time them and the politicians start being held accountable to the law just like the rest of us. They are continually allowed to get away with breaking the law which only encourages and empowers them to do it more.
See now I would question just how "commonplace" it really is. How many of the many,many daily interactions with the public are we really privy to? I think we need to be careful just how far we extrapolate from the information that we are getting, in my opinion.
I do agree that there is at the very least a perception of the thin blue line. How thick of a line that really is, is probably debatable but I think when it comes to anything involving the public trust, perception can be everything. For myself though, I tend to be wary of looking at one cop having a tantrum ( if that's what we call it) and drawing a straight line to" totalitarian police state". Not because it can't get there, but because solutions to problems only work when we correctly identify the problems.
In my opinion what's needed is better training and more thorough vetting of candidates. What I, as a citizen, want in a police force are well trained individuals, able to diffuse situations calmly and effectively. Then my trust, and I believe that of the general public, is going to increase.