Skip to comments.Itís Time for Conservatives to Stop Defending Police
Posted on 07/22/2014 9:32:19 PM PDT by chessplayer
Imagine if I were to tell you there is a large group of government employees, with generous salaries and ridiculously cushy retirement pensions covered by the taxpayer, who enjoy incredible job security and are rarely held accountable even for activities that would almost certainly earn the rest of us prison time. When there is proven misconduct, these government employees are merely reassigned and are rarely dismissed. The bill for any legal settlements concerning their errors? It, too, is covered by the taxpayers. Their unions are among the strongest in the country.
No, Im not talking about public-school teachers.
Im talking about the police.
We conservatives recoil at the former; yet routinely defend the latter even though, unlike teachers, police officers enjoy an utter monopoly on force and can ruin or end ones life in a millisecond.
On Thursday in Staten Island, an asthmatic 43-year-old father of six, Eric Garner, died after a group of policemen descended on him, placing him in a chokehold while attempting to arrest him for allegedly selling cigarettes. A bystander managed to capture video in which Garner clearly cries out, I cant breathe! Even after releasing the chokehold (chokeholds, incidentally, are prohibited by NYPD protocol), the same officer then proceeds to shove and hold Garners face against the ground, applying his body weight and pressure on Garner, ignoring Garners pleas that he cannot breathe. Worse yet, new video shows at least eight officers standing around Garners lifeless, unconscious body.
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Quit that a very long time ago.
Not falling for it “chess player” or whoever the original author is.
I will support the peace keepers and enforcers until they are no longer law abiding. Bad cops are like homos; a small percentage of them make the rest of their kind look bad. Mthe vast majority are good guys so go try your divisive message on another conservative website.
What about the large number of cops that see the average, law-abiding citizen as the enemy?
Please provide a solid, fact based source.
I’m not buying it either.
Cast out the baby with the bath water, shall we?
Most cops are good people who believe in what they do and try to make their communities better and safer.
Are there too many who don’t serve for the right reasons? Sure. But that is true of many honorable professions.
I do, and will, support my local force. That doesn’t mean standing up for the bad apples and it doesn’t mean blind obedience.
The politicians by and large remain the problem.
I think tea party people at the local level should support revising rules of engagement for the militarized police, and change training back to being a police officer rather than a assault force. Its pretty easy to campaign against shooting puppies.
Of possible interest.
I’ve run into a number of them over my life. Plus, we have more SWAT teams than ever that are used about 40,000 or more times a year for the most minor of violations of the law when they were intended to be used for only the most dangerous situations.
How about the ever-increasing number of dogs being shot and killed by them? You must be a big proponent of that, right?
If you wait until "they are no longer law abiding," at least your family may be able to make some money off a wrongful death suit.
Police are the reason George Washington observed that "Government is like fire, a dangerous servant and a fearful master."
I think cops used to do their jobs, use minimum force and respect citizens much more. I wasn’t ashamed in the least to support cops and always give them the benefit of the doubt.
Anyone dissing the cops? That person is a criminal!
Charlton Heston publicly balled out Ice Tea for his anti-cop rhetoric, and I felt as Moses did.
Now? I’m not so sure. Use of force Is Cool and the cops have tats and listen to the same rap that their customers do.
The cops lost the dignity they once had and I’m studiously neutral to them now.
There will always be the good and the bad in any profession. Having said that, the bad seeds who find their way into positions of trust like law enforcement are the worst of the worst in terms of the harm they can cause.
I’m a police officer. I have seen fine, upstanding officers railroaded and I’ve seen ones who are like Satan himself skate on everything they do. And I am sure most everyone here has seen that phenomenon in whatever line of work you are in, it just is more dangerous in this one.
I was pretty much unconditional in my support of LEO’s, until all the dog shootings. And they seem to have become too militarized.
That doesnt mean standing up for the bad apples and it doesnt mean blind obedience.
You don’t have to. The rest of the cops will do that.
Would you like me to post an endless number of articles of police abusing their power to the point of murder?
Let's correct that a little bit.. Bad court rulings allow bad cops to get off with their brutality. Shoot a kid holding an airsoft rifle? Totally immune from prosecution because 'police hold a special status; it is expected that failure to immediately follow police directives is in itself an indication of life threatening danger.' Think the worst case in Robocop; you have five seconds to comply before your life is ended.
So, yes, I support the police. I also support holding them (and every public employee) to the same laws and regulations that I must endure. I expect them to face the same prosecution for shooting someone that I would face if I had done the deed.
Bad laws, bad court decisions, make for bad cops.
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