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Do you think the death penalty should be automatically given to anyone convicted

  1. Timothy Anderson profile image95
    Timothy Andersonposted 13 months ago

    Do you think the death penalty should be automatically given to anyone convicted of killing a cop?

    The number of police killings was up nearly 70 percent in 2016 compared to the year before.  Do you think if the death penalty was the required punishment for willingfully disobeying and killing a police officer it would be a good deterrent? 

    In other words, would it make the job of a law enforcement officer any easier and help protect them?


  2. lisavollrath profile image97
    lisavollrathposted 13 months ago


    Do you think the death penalty should be automatically given to any cop convicted of killing someone?

    I think automatic sentences are a mistake. The law is not one size fits all.

    Should some people who are convicted of killing a police officer receive the death penalty? Sure. Should some police officers who are convicted of murder be given the death penalty? Possibly. But I wouldn't want to see this automatically applied.

  3. tamarawilhite profile image91
    tamarawilhiteposted 13 months ago

    No, because there are cases of abuse of power. I don't want a cop able to rape a woman or force a prostitute to have sex with him and not only be able to arrest them for refusing as "resisting arrest" but risk death if he dies in the struggle. These cases are very rare, but do occur.
    Willfully disobeying a cop is not always immoral, as the current problems with civil forfeiture demonstrate. When some jurisdictions have cops targeting out of state vehicles for being pulled over and then seize any cash as "likely drug money", you have police abusing authority. And people trying to refuse the search of their cars were threatened with arrest for resisting the officer's commands, with one egregious cop threatening to take the kids to foster care after arresting both parents.

    Yes we need to be less lenient with violent criminals and crack down on violent protestors. However, I don't want to give what was a growing police state under Obama even more power and protection when we know there are real cases of abuse of power and authority.

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    peter565posted 13 months ago

    Yes and no, there are certain crime that definitly deserve death penalty but, the thing about crime is that, sometime innocent people goes to prison, due to stupid jury and stupid cops, in addition sometime, there are cases of police misusing their power, with the exception of federal police agencies such as FBI, most local police department, the the government does not exactly set the standard of having to become a police officer, to be very high, this make it easier for those who are not very good people to become cops, as a result, we see more cases of police brutality or police incompetence within local police forces. I am not sure why this is the case in western country, growing up in Asia, at Asia, the criteria to become a police officer within the local police force is hold to the same standard as federal police force, as a result, police brutality and innocent people going to jail due to police incompetence  very rarely happens.

    Yes, I think we need to make the the law more strict in regards to killing cops, but before that, we need to find a way to upgrade the standard of local police force, to be of the same level as Federal Police force.

    (I know in Taiwan and Japan, other then military high school, there are also police high school, for year 10~12, most graduate would later move on to study policing related degrees in university and join the police force, after graduating, which might be one of the reason, police brutality is much rarer in East Asia, then the west, western cops usually only have 1 year policing training and due to only having 1 year training, they only take people who are already very fit, but just because somebody is fit, don't mean they are ethical or smart. East Asia because it is 3 years of police high school training, it mean they got the time to build everybody's fitness level up from the scratch, so even if u are a total nerd, u would be fit enough by the time u graduate, federal police agencies such as FBI, usually recruit people who are already cops and then provide them with further training to make them even better cops)