Do you think police officers need more accountability?
Why or why not?
Although some police do abuse their power; I think that lately there is a dangerous precedent of demonizing all law enforcement and that is only going to worsen the situation. Should they be held accountable for wrong doing? of course, they are not above the law (or shouldn't be).
However, these are people who, for the most part, sign up to protect and defend others and serve their communities honorably. They are often called upon to go into harms way, in dangerous areas, into unknown circumstances and may only have a few moments in which to gauge a situation and react. Unfortunately, even with the best weapons training, this can often lead to errors in judgment.
It's a complex situation. I can see the problems certainly in having a militarized police force, but at the same time; I feel for the officers who work in dangerous situations/areas as well, who are being demonized now for simply doing their jobs due to the questionable actions of the few.
If you ask men and women whether sexual harassment and assault are major problems you will get a widely differing answer. Who's right? More than likely the group who is the object of the abuse.
Similarly on police accountability, the answer from whites and minority/poor communities will be very different. Who's right? Well, again, more than likely the group who is the object of the abuse. No offense to white people, but many of us do not live in or near these communities and really have no idea what it is like.
The protests in Ferguson, which have spread to many parts of the country, are not about this isolated incident, they are about lingering and widespread patterns of abuse. That doesn't mean all police are bad, or that all departments are bad. Hardly, but it doesn't necessarily take much for it to be a problem.
In the case of Ferguson there seems to be some clear problems. The department and politicians are strongly unrepresentative of the communities they serve, and it would not be surprising if the vast majority of the police officers do not actually live in the communities where they work. The cities second largest funding stream comes from the court system: $2.6 million in 2013 from a city of just over 20,000 people. That amounts to an average of $321 in fines per household, and this is not a high crime city. It is fairly average. Something is wrong there. http://www.latimes.com/business/hiltzik … olumn.html
I think the fact that they showed up to a protest with full riot gear and tanks proves the point. That isn't the actions of people who care about a community. That is the action of people who are afraid of a community.
Some have ego problems. Because they have the permission to use guns or force, they go overboard. They may even have teachings that allow them to intimidate people. The problem is, when people are minding their own business and don't want any trouble. Some cops out of habit or past conflicts, are wired to start trouble. Call it low self esteem, the need to feel tough, or psychology issues. Citizens should have the right to stand up to them if they haven't done anything. Nobody should have to be afraid or tremble because of their aggressive attitudes. It's a simple solution, if people haven't done anything, leave them alone. If they can't abide by that, then leave the force because sooner or later the people will fight back. People are not going stand for abuse of power very long. Even if it means losing their lives, they will take down some of them too. It is already happening in some areas. So they need to come up with a way to monitor the aggression of the force.
by ahorseback 3 years ago
Most of Americans support you , trust the job that you do and support the process in which you do it ! Up to about eighty percent of us, [ 80%,] depending on race , economics , political leanings , age , etc. . So ; keep up the good...
by Jennifer Kessner 2 years ago
If you haven't kept up to date on the issues in Ferguson, here is a drastically simplified version of events:1. On August 9th, a St. Louis County police officer shot an unarmed 18-year-old young black man. 2. The officer shot him SIX TIMES. With a pause in between. The office shot twice,...
by VC L Veasey 2 years ago
Some Become Police Officers To Abuse Or Kill Those They Dislike Or Hate With Impunity Yes Or No?
by Jay Barban 3 years ago
Do you think it fair and constitutional to make police officers wear audio/video recording devices?
by Reality Bytes 7 years ago
This is a terrible incident on both sides. I do not know what to say. Do You?http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UkOXjOCkQfMEdit: title of thread is title of video
by SpanStar 6 years ago
Bring your younger, bring your year-old and we will kill them! Cops shoot 15-year-old in Brownsville, Texas. http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/45870968/ns … nd_courts/Apparently the 15-year-old brother pellet gun to school and punched a student in the nose. It was reported that when...
Copyright © 2018 HubPages Inc. and respective owners. Other product and company names shown may be trademarks of their respective owners. HubPages® is a registered Service Mark of HubPages, Inc. HubPages and Hubbers (authors) may earn revenue on this page based on affiliate relationships and advertisements with partners including Amazon, Google, and others.
|HubPages Device ID||This is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.|
|Login||This is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.|
|HubPages Traffic Pixel||This is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.|
|Remarketing Pixels||We may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.|
|Conversion Tracking Pixels||We may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.|