- "All cops are racist, you better face it"
- Police are just over powered, as a result we get 'use of excessive force' and a bunch of "stupid donut eaters"
- Some police officers are just poorly trained, nothing is perfect you know
- Police do the best they can, its the people who question the law that are the problem
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True story - and I can get sworn testimony to confirm it - when I was a (white) little boy (around 5 years old) my mother use to say to my younger (!) brother and I, "If you kids ever get thrown in jail, you can expect to stay there because your father and I won't be bailing you out! Because if you're in jail it means you belong there. When a police officer approaches you, you say 'Yes, sir,' you say 'No, sir,' and you do exactly what you're told. Am I clear?"
Now, leaving aside the fact that I was bewildered at the idea of how I would end up as the only first grader in San Quentin, the point was made. You obey the law. The police have a risky and dangerous job, they don't know you and your responsibility is to act accordingly. You are not entitled to special treatment. You are not so wonderful that the police are obligated to say "Please" and "Thank you" and make you feel special.
The problem is that we are suffused in a culture of self-absorption and self-pity. Much of what we are seeing are people who presume that they are so wonderful and so special that when the police are not nice to them and have the effrontery to accuse them of something that they have a right - an actual right - to be offended and to act out accordingly.
Is this always true? No. There are undoubtedly some number of police officers who are inadequately trained and even some who harbor bigotry - or even just an "attitude." Police are people too. Deal with it.
The bottom line is that much trouble - and unnecessary suffering and conflict - could be avoided if the starting point was that the police are authority figures in a dangerous business. Therefore they start with the benefit of the doubt and a person who is stopped by a police officer should act accordingly.
This, if for no other reason, then where law enforcement does not exist life returns to a Hobbesian state of nature - "nasty, brutish and short." It is all well and good to say that police are corrupt, bigoted, whatever. There are means for redress of such problems - in a court of law.
Because, bluntly, the alternatives are too savage to entertain. There should therefore be minimal sympathy for those who presume their own virtue and presume the vice of the police. Take that to its logical conclusion and you get the southside of Chicago. Where, by the way, the view of the police is likely to become - if is not already - a great deal more benign than it is among those who see "the man" as the problem.
I think that basically the whole police culture and training in USA is fundamentally wrong. A good example is that in some places it have given rise to a "we vs 'them'" mentality where they feel that the police as a group is being threatened by 'them' the public. As a result this makes them more likely to look past when other police do something bad or support them just because they are also police officers as well as see the general public not as what to protect but to be protected FROM the public.