Originally Posted by Holly Love
Right, and we are to teach our offspring to respect them? Naw.... Same thing... you call them for help and you are in trouble. The sooner these folks out in the suburbs get what the inner city folks have been saying for decades... we'll be cool. Unfortunately, I have had to teach mine, that we handle our issues internally. The police are more for protecting the rights of the real criminal than the rights of us little victims. STFU
That's actually not accurate. Don't get it twisted: cops do their jobs, for the most part, very well.
You just have to remember that 'helping you' is not in their job description.
Keep the peace? Sure.
Uphold the law? You bet.
Put themselves between you and harm, if necessary? Sometimes it comes to that.
But woe betide you if you did something that put you on their 'to do' list. They don't have the luxury of doing anything but following the rules, especially nowadays, when cell-phones are everywhere and one mis-step can mean your job.
Compassion has been bred out of the modern police force - it is seen as a liability.
....and teaching your kids to not respect the police is a good way to end up visiting them in jail, or worse - even if you don't like them you'd better respect the fact that they have a badge and a gun and can, if given sufficient reason, shoot you dead and get away with it
When dealing with the cops, keeping calm, restricting sudden movements to a minimum, and acting as if they are very, very dangerous sleeping tigers that should not be poked, prodded and provoked - well, those are just basic fricking survival skills.
Oh, and for the love of god, when a cop tells you to leave, and you are in a public place? Go. Just go. If ya stay, you are probably getting a set of bracelets and a trip in a cop car. IJS.