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Response to Jenoch (Reply #22)
Sat Jan 5, 2013, 11:24 PM
MrScorpio (60,765 posts)
24. I believe that they're all POTENTIALLY crooked
But "crooked" itself is such a loaded term, because of what they do, the harassment that they can inflict on ordinary citizens, innocent and otherwise, is codified both in law and in police policy and procedures.
Much of the police in this country is immunized from ever facing any consequences for their unneeded and unwarranted harassment of citizens.
Most of them operate under a vast and complex rubric of impunity against their own actions against anyone. More so, if their actions aren't recorded.
I'm going to quote myself, because I wore an essay about this before and I think that it still stands up today. Please take some time to read the whole thing. It really explains where I'm coming from:
Cops are given badges, guns, TAZERs, dogs, arrest power and bright, shiny vehicles as equipment to play the game. That's what they have. What you must have is a knowledge of the game's rules and the willingness to apply them for you own self preservation. You need your wits throughout an interaction with the police. Because, if you're not playing within the bounds of the cop's game, it could most definitely end badly for you.
OK, here we go... The order of priorities that cops are protecting goes like this:
2. Their fellow cops
3. The laws of the jurisdiction that pays their paychecks
4. Ordinary, law abiding citizens and the victims of crimes
5. The criminal element.
6. The Truth: To protect cops, applying the laws of the jurisdiction to separate and arrest the criminal element from ordinary "law abiding citizens" and their victims and put the motherfuckers in jail.
Now some may think that I'm being unfair by portraying cops as being self-serving. It's not unfair if you think about it. Of course, they have to look out for their own asses first. It's self preservation and no cop will last long without it. It's necessary for the business in which they are in.
Avoiding any interaction with ANY police officer is always the best way to go.
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