Violence Against Police Up In Times of Police Abuse
Posted in the Framingham Forum
#1 Jan 26, 2011
USA Today reported that violence against police is up against the nation, highlighting the fact that what is going on in Massachusetts is going on all over the nation:
As police continue to take advantage of their positions, rise above the law, make decisions which destroy lives of taxpayers and leech funds that could be saved and used elsewhere, public frustration rises without any opportunity for recourse. Police say that it is too hard to get a conviction because the legal system protects criminals but the reality is that we all pay into the same imperfect system. And like it or not, if the law protects someone, then everyone has the same rights under the law to be protected by that system. Whne police seek out justice on someone who they don't like, can't convict or have a vendetta against, they rob that person the same fair day in court that we all agree to as Americans. When people can be destroyed by a cop who just decides that that person is going to PAY, we have one public paid public servant playing God with the life of a taxpayer and that's not right.
And so what happens is frustration builds as more and more people don't know where to turn, and some just snap, thus the violence. Every single person who has been abused or has had someone near them abused by cops will spend the rest of their lives, not trusting police and not advocating for them and thats sad but its honestly the fault of a broken system that hides abusive law enforcement.
#2 Feb 1, 2011
This is a very interesting position and with the negative stigma that law enforcement have created for themselves I would think that there is some self justification to those so employeed to feel that if they are going to put up with being disliked and viewed as untrustworthy, that taking a few extra liberties is within acceptability.
What I feel the most sorry about is that the majority of police officers are good honest and hard working people. It takes one officer to misuse his position, violate department policy, violate someone's rights, conduct illegal business on the side (such as drugs or prostitution) or misuse paid time and he or she brings shame on a whole department. This has happened and those departments spend years having to rebuild public confidence.
As for the State Police, I will never have confidence in them as long as Deval Patrick continues to demonstrate his unwillingness to subject that force to proper vetting.
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