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This person explains it perfectly

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Justbec

Not sure where I should put this so I'll put it here. Found it on Facebook and had to share.

[Reposted from a citizen]... "It's not the police who need to be retrained, it's the public. We have grown into a mouthy, cell phone wielding, vulgar, uncivil society with no personal responsibility and the attitude of 'it's the other person's fault', 'you owe me'. A society where children grow up with no boundaries or knowledge or concern for civil society and personal responsibility.

When an officer says "Put your hands up," then put your hands up! Don't reach for something in your pocket, your lap, your seat. There's plenty of reason for a police officer to feel threatened, there have been multiple assaults and ambushes on police officers lately. Comply with requests from the officer, have your day in court. Don't mouth off, or fight, or refuse to comply... that escalates the situation.

Police officers are our sons and daughters, fathers and mothers, brothers and sisters. They're black, white, brown, all colors, all ethnicities, all faiths, male and female, they are us. They see the worst side of humanity... the raped children, the bloody mangled bodies of traffic victims, the bruised and battered victims of domestic violence, homicide victims, body parts... day after day.

They work holidays while we have festive meals with our families. They miss school events with their kids, birthdays, anniversaries, all those special occasions that we take for granted. They work in all types of weather, under dangerous conditions, for relatively low pay.

They have extensive training, but they are human. When there are numerous attacks on them, they become hyper vigilant for a reason, they have become targets. When a police officer encounters any person... any person, whether at a traffic stop, a street confrontation, an arrest, whatever... that situation has the potential to become life threatening. You, Mr & Mrs/Miss Civilian, also have the responsibility of keeping the situation from getting out of control.

Many, the majority, of law enforcement officers are Veterans. They've been in service to this nation most of their lives, whether on the battlefield or protecting us here at home. They are the only thing that stands between us and anarchy in the streets.

If you want to protect your child, teach them respect... for themselves, for you as a parent, for their teachers, for police officers. Police officers do not make the laws, they merely enforce them. If you don't like the law, be proactive in the political process. The police officer doesn't have, or want, the role of judge and jury.

If you get a speeding ticket... were you speeding? Don't blame the cop if you broke the law. Go to court, pay the fine, don't do it again.

It's easy to judge, it's harder to look within oneself and see what your role should be as a citizen, as a responsible person seeing both sides of the issue."cop.jpg
 

APS

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I agree with most of that but in all countries not 100% of police officers are good.
I still have to wonder why the guy was shot at close range 5 times to me that not controlled shooting it's blind panic.
 
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Justbec

I'm not saying all cops are good and I don't think that person was either. They are human and there are bad cops just like there are bad civilians. The point is, use some common sense, do what an officer tells you and don't escalate a situation.
 

Vengeance

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I've worked in a role of law enforcement as a park ranger where I had to go around and tell people things that they can't do, things that are prohibited by law for their safety and our own. I had to tell parents not to drink while they're in the beach area because people, alcohol and water don't collaborate well. I have been in their shoes, have had less protection (was only able to carry pepper spray) and can understand the tension they feel.

Every law enforcement official I've known just wants to do their job and go home to their families. They don't want to go out and shoot the next person they stop for a traffic violation, have to fight someone who resists arrest or put a father in jail for beating their child.

There is no perfect human, we all have our flaws. I agree with pretty much everything that person said. Just obey the law, respect law enforcement and we can all go home happy.
 
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