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How do you warn a child about police brutality without making them scared of or angry at police men?
I stressed to my son when he was little that police are people. They make mistakes. They can get afraid and over-react trying to protect themselves. They can get carried away in the heat of the moment. Most are trying to make the world safer for everyone. Some bad ones want the power and the opportunities afforded to corrupt officials.
I let my son know that he is particularly at risk because he is black and male. He has to lead an upright life so police will have no reason to take an interest. Many policemen might assume the worst of him unfairly though.
When dealing with the police, treat them all with courtesy and respect. Keep his hands raised where they can see them. Make no suddenly movements. He must tell them his age, cooperate, not make jokes even when he is nervous. Give them no cause to exhibit the worst in their characters.
First and foremost, teach them not to break the law. If they keep the law, the police won't bother them. Second, if they are approached by the police, do what they say, and be polite. If people really think the police have it in for them, best not to garner their attention in the first place. Also important: Stress that NOT ALL policemen are bad. There are bad apples in every workplace. Nowadays, people are hating on all police, and if this does not stop, a serious breakdown in society will ensue. They say one of the first stages of the collapse of an empire is anarchy, and we are heading there now.
"If they keep the law, the police won't bother them." Tell that to all the people dead because they were shot and killed by cops even though they had done nothing wrong. Please spend a few minutes googling all the innocent ppl killed by police.
Lolita, Much of what you advised with regard to being polite and not causing conflict is good. However it's explaining to them that there are "bad apples" that people need to prepare their children for. Hopefully cameras will change the culture.
Well, when told to put your hands in the air, these people are reaching for stuff in their pockets. The police have to assume the worst, they don't want to be killed. I don't really buy that these people are innocent.
Lolita, I understand what you're saying but it's not an officer's job to decide whether a person is innocent or guilty, their job is to serve and protect by furthering the justice system, and in extreme cases they should protect themselves.
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by Dianna Taylor Fobbs3 years ago
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With some of the shootings coming from the police lately I really don't know how i feel especially coming from a police family. My father, uncles, some aunts are and were policemen. It really is getting bad
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