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Response to vlyons (Reply #3)

Fri May 29, 2020, 07:38 AM

6. What would be the point of that?

What needs to be done is a complete overhaul of police hiring everywhere.

First, municipalities need to stop recruiting and/or giving preference to former military members. The mindset of the military is oriented toward enemies and how to defeat them. Police, otoh, are supposed to maintain a civil society. These are two vastly different jobs. Too many cops seems to have taken on the military mindset where the community is an enemy to be defeated and subdued, not a partner in keeping society civil.

Second, there absolutely needs to be psychological screening of all police academy applicants. Weeding the mentally unfit (racist, homophobic, xenophobic, etc) out before they get in would solve a lot of problems. Random re-testing would ensure anyone who has let having power and authority consume them would identify potential problematic employees.

Third, Americans need to disabuse themselves of the notion that anyone walking around in a uniform automatically deserves hero status/hero worship. This doesn't mean they don't do heroic things, but the hero worship leads to a tendency to view oneself as the rules not applying to them, imho.

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