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When Authority Abuses Their Power--Where do we Turn?

Updated on July 6, 2016

Take a good look or click to magnify for a better view.

Tell me what is going on in this picture, and why? Click on photo for full size and a much better view.
Tell me what is going on in this picture, and why? Click on photo for full size and a much better view.

I had intended to let up on my articles on law enforcement, for not everyone sees what is going on as I do. I feel that the police brutilize the citizens of this country not only on a regular basis, but at times when it just is not needed. I have let everybody know that I feel that our police departments abuse their authority, and use excessive force before it is needed.

Take a good look at this picture people, and let's hear a rebutel from some detective who has been on the force for thirty years explain to me how this was necisarry. Please tell me how this was the right thing to do......

In order for this hub to get published, it has to be of a certain length, and it has to have good content. In this case though, I have to say that a picture speaks a thousand words. I really do not know what to say. So, instead of me giving my opinion, for you all have heard that a few times, I am going to hopefully hear from my readers and hear what your opinion is. What do you think should be done? Please comment on this question.

Please vote,l it is important

What is your opinion on the picture and what it portrays?

See results

After the Poll-

Only 5 or 6 people took my poll, but I must say they all felt the same way, as did I. There is no way this man should be having any authority over anybody. Not only that but for doing what he is captured on film openly abusing children, he should be arrested, convicted and sentenced.

But who do we tell to get some action against those who are able to use it against us and change our lives for no reason whatsoever. The retrobution for such actions is so severe that members of our community, who normally wouldn't hesitate to stand up for a child, don't do it for fear of landing themselves in jail

But if we all feel this way, who will stand up for this child? and who do we talk to about it? Sometimes I feel like the best way to end this kind of behavior, is to simply let it be told. Put it in the paper , as they say......advertise this sort of behavior so it does not become the popular thing to do.


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  • ddsurfsca profile imageAUTHOR

    deb douglas 

    2 years ago from Oxnard

    I can agree that there is no blanket law nor cure to the violence and brute force that goes on in our streets. Also, children are being recruited at a young age for gang forming, creating turf wars and street shootings. In our city of ventura, which previously had no street killings, drive by or others, had an astounding 12 or so people shot while just being on the sidewalk in the middle of the day last year. It still does not make me feel better when I feel I should call on an officer to police a situation, and I still feel like if I do, I may be the one going to jail for no particular reason.

  • ddsurfsca profile imageAUTHOR

    deb douglas 

    7 years ago from Oxnard

    Everyone take a good look, for this photo was put up on the internet so that the officer in the picture could be identified. If anyone knows who this is or where this took place, please let me know.

  • Paradise7 profile image


    7 years ago from Upstate New York

    The picture of the cop macing the little girl is horrible! What an ugly thing to do to a little child! I was really, really disturbed by this photo once I clicked on it to enlarge it.

    The reason I said, "I don't know" in the poll is because we have no idea what events preceded the police action, which really does seem criminally cruel and stupid to me.

    We can't tell from that one picture what was really happening or what the whole event was about. We can't tell if the police were pushed to defend themselves in the situation.

  • The Scary Truth profile image

    The Scary Truth 

    7 years ago

    Police=bad, thats todays opinion. I have never heard anybody say oh lets go talk to police officer such and such, No they go cop and they slowly duck away from them. They do more damage than good. They are the tyrants of the world.

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    Tim Mitchell 

    7 years ago from Escondido, CA

    My view on law enforcement is different today than when I was 20. It has changed over the years. My awakening came with the study of the infamous Stanford Experiments by Dr. Stanley Milgram and Dr. Philip Zimbardo.

    Knowing of these I have conclusive proof, for me, of there being two sides of the coin. That said, I do not see the intent of harm or danger from the child and believe from what I see the officer was out-of-line. Further investigation would be required. His facial gestures are telling a tale I don't like. And I don't like the clenched fist of the gentleman walking in front of the officer either.

  • SOBF profile image


    7 years ago from New York, NY

    The paramilitary approach to policing is the root of the problem in law enforcement. It allows a few bad officers the latitude to express their mental dysfunctions on the public. Protect and Serve who? Law enforcement has become more of a occupation than a community service.

  • ddsurfsca profile imageAUTHOR

    deb douglas 

    7 years ago from Oxnard

    I am not saying that we need to form a blanket opinion about all police officers, but I must say that the way the police treat people now is not the same as when I was a youngster. They have gone from persons you can trust your lives with, to persons who might not help you and actually might hurt you when you get involved with them. They call the average citizen bad guys, and I feel their training has turned cold and harsh for the most part when dealing with the public. This photo showed up on several big sites, with a plea to please help us identify the officer, for he so far is unknown.

  • Caerleon profile image


    7 years ago from USA

    I'm the type of person that likes to find out what is going on before I form an opinion so I did not vote. Based only on the picture it appears that the policeman is pepper spraying a child. I cannot understand why he would feel the need to do something like that and would like to hear everything that has gone on. I do agree that there are bad police officers out there but please don't forget all of the ones that do service and protect us every day. There are many bad people out there in every walk of life. I wish there was an easy way to see them like a big sign on their forehead. Unfortunately there isn't.


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