What's with the endless police bashing?

What's with the endless police bashing?

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curious observer

Mount Vernon, MO

#1 Feb 23, 2009
I've been reading through some of the posts on here and was wondering why most people insist on seeing cops in such a negative light? What kind of experiences have you had with them to make you feel the way you do?
Truthseeker

United States

#2 Feb 25, 2009
Good topic subject "curious". I will be surprised if you get any response though. Most don't want'em till they need'em,(shameful and misguided I'd say).
curious observer

Mount Vernon, MO

#3 Feb 25, 2009
I know there are a few bad apples in law enforcement (or any career choice for that matter) but I have yet to meet an officer who wasn't courteous and professional...at least to me. Maybe it's because I'm respectful to them...any thoughts?
Traveler

United States

#4 Feb 25, 2009
I think you hit the nail on the head, you know that old "do unto others" thing. As far as bad apples, of course. Any profession can declare guilt on having some of those same "apples". The difference in professions is that the honorable ones, "police" themselves.
Post Oak

United States

#5 Feb 26, 2009
One bad apple will spoil the whole barrell of apples!!!!
Traveler

United States

#6 Feb 26, 2009
Not necessarily "Post Oak". One has to choose to be spoiled. People have choices, it's not a given.
curious observer

Vinita, OK

#7 Mar 7, 2009
Hmmm.I find it a bit odd that anywhere else on this site people are more than willing to spout off about how horrible their experiences with law enforcement have been.However,when asked to share one of these experiences,no one comes forward?? Could it be those who bark about police the most were in the wrong and don't have the nerve to say so...
Traveler

Long Beach, CA

#8 Mar 13, 2009
Hmmm, curious.
one who gives a damn

United States

#9 Mar 14, 2009
what about the officer that saves a persons life or how bout the one that serves his community by putting his life in danger everyday on every call or traffic stop? do you not realize that it is a dangerous job? i am a truck driver that travels all over the country and have dealt with alot of officers in 20 yrs. they were doing thier job and i was doing mine. if i got in trouble it was my fault for breaking the law. you know the difference between rite and wrong. if you dont then u deserve what u get. 99.9 that i haver ever met have been doing thier job with professionalism and courtesy.
curious observer

Springfield, MO

#10 Mar 20, 2009
Well I just met one of the "bad apples". On my way home from work I stopped by a local store. As I was speaking with the clerk an officer came in. I smiled,nodded and politely said "hi,how are you"? He looked me up and down,rolled his eyes and with a gruff sigh he was on his merry way! What a jerk! You know,on second thought maybe he's not the bad apple...just the worm in it!
Maybe

Richards, MO

#11 Mar 21, 2009
Curious

Maybe that officer is having a real bad day. I know that I have them sometimes and I not tbe most friendly guy around. Maybe he just cleared a call for service that was not pleasant i.e. a domestic, or something to do with a child. Who knows maybe he just took a ass chewing from someone that he had just stopped as they wanted to point of very detail that the officer is doing wrong and yet does not want to hear what they are doing wrong. Or maybe you are right a he might be a jerk plain and simple. But you will never know because who are they suppose to talk to about there problems or what they have seen!?
Traveler

United States

#12 Mar 21, 2009
"Maybe", you interject too much common sense into this little debate. For you to be believed, one would have to buy into the fact that police officers are people too. Is that possible?
Traveler

United States

#13 Mar 21, 2009
That said, that "officer" is still held to a higher (and should be) level of accountability than the rest of the folks.
Maybe

Richards, MO

#14 Mar 21, 2009
Yes, but as you said yourself they the officers are only human. I am not saying there are not "Bad Apples" in the there profession, but there are in every profession in the world.
curious observer

Rockville, MO

#15 Mar 21, 2009
Maybe

I had to smile when I read your post...or rather what was under your name-'Republic Mo'. It just so happens that's the town in which I met Officer Friendly. Small world,huh?
curious observer

Rockville, MO

#16 Mar 21, 2009
And for the record I found out why he was in such a mood. He was put on overnights and "hates it" according to what he told my friend,the clerk,later. Guess no one told him crime doesn't stop after 11pm. Oh well...he's just one incident and I'm still pro law enforcement ;) The vast majority are pretty great guys!
Traveler

United States

#17 Mar 26, 2009
"Maybe", they're bad apples in any profession as you state. And yes a few have those "bad days", but can you really condem the whole profession because of the actions of a few. Give them a break, they serve you. For that, they deserve at least a small amount of appreciation.
double d

Roy, WA

#18 Jul 10, 2010
Traveler wrote:
"Maybe", they're bad apples in any profession as you state. And yes a few have those "bad days", but can you really condem the whole profession because of the actions of a few. Give them a break, they serve you. For that, they deserve at least a small amount of appreciation.
can you really condem the whole profession because of the actions of a few

good point fossilman

same line of thinking when it comes down to the oldest profession.

worked 25 years in that profession. 500 dollars a day 6 days a week. cops where good customers.
JD raised in Galena

AOL

#19 Jul 11, 2010
The reason there are so many bashing law enforcement around the Galena area is very simple. They operate on the good ole boy system in other words if you are one of those embraced by the good ole boys of Stone Co. you cannot be prosecuted no matter what laws you break and if by some chance you are prosecuted then you will get a slap on the wrist. In some cases it is just covered up like the instance where the deputy allowed his gun to get into the hands of his 2 year old baby and it accidently shot itself. Hard to understand that kind of negligence or a baby being able to kill itself with an officers gun but that was the story and it was swept under the rug very quickly
Now if you are not in the circle of corrupt law enforcement friends, relatives as an example say you are gay , black, hispanic, democrat or otherwise undesireable to the corrupt rednecks that are in power in this area then you will be ignored when you need them or told they only have to take a report nothing else are they required to do for you not prosecute or investigate and if they feel like you might just possible stand up to their corrupt sherrif or prosecuter then they will pull out all the stops to have you harrassed. The only way to protect yourself is to record everything and put some doubt in their minds whether or not they can get by with it.
Now Curious, Traveler and the rest of you that want to insinuate it is lack of respect for the law down here no FYI it is lack of respect for the corrupt law. I suggest you all stay in Sugarland where it is all nice and sweet!
Really

United States

#20 Jul 11, 2010
Some people just should not be permitted to carry a badge. They don't have the disposition for it. As for "nobody wants them until they need them", I had a high opinion of the police until I got to know some of them. My house is next to the police's union office and I hear them in the parking lot all of the time laughing about scaring the crap out of citizens just for the hell of it. They laugh there butts off about harassing people and threatening them. Also, they seem to think it's funny to pull people over and threaten them with DUI's and run them through the tests. I hear it straight from their mouth's all the time. I know there are some good cops, but 99% give the rest of them a bad name.

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