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  •  No, That's not Correct (3+ / 0-)
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    That is a cynical view fed by focusing only on the bad and not the good that the police do. I do not dispute that there are way too many incidents of police behaving in shocking ways and that we clearly have trouble with holding them accountable for their actions. But there are over 600,000 police offices in the US and most of them are decent men and women that do their best to serve and protect their communities. The largest problem is the "Blue Code of Silence" which in effect requires that the majority of decent police officers overlook the transgressions of the rotten apples.

    There are many systemic problems with our Police that need to be addressed and certainly some communities have Police Departments that are known to be particular vile. But feeding the line that the purpose of police is to put people down is not accurate. The purpose of police is to maintain order and create a safe environment for people to go about their lives which they accomplish for the most part, despite the fact that the general population is among the most heavily armed in the world. I guarantee that you would not like to live in a nation without a functioning police force.

    •  Decent men and women doing their best (6+ / 0-)

      to serve and protect their communities do not observe a "blue code of silence" and participate in covering up the crimes and offenses of their fellow officers.

      If most of them do, as you claim, observe such a code then most of them are not "good cops".

      income gains to the top 1% from 2009 to 2011 were 121% of all income increases. How did that happen? Incomes to the bottom 99% fell by 0.4%

      by JesseCW on Tue Feb 19, 2013 at 11:04:01 AM PST

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    •  This is beyond a bad few apples. (4+ / 0-)
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      lyvwyr101, cal2010, kyril, Hubbard Squash

      If you still believe that you are not paying attention.

      We can't fix this until the denial stops.

      "Til you're so fucking crazy you can't follow their rules" John Lennon - Working Class Hero

      by Horace Boothroyd III on Tue Feb 19, 2013 at 11:06:12 AM PST

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    •  Ignore the transgressions of the rotten apples... (3+ / 0-)

      and what becomes of the bushel? Any of those 600,000 who suspects the integrity of a fellow officer and isn't working that case (or dreaming of it in their restless sleep) this very moment in time surrenders the claim to decency in performance of their duties. They may not be accessories, but they are not a good cop by any stretch. The systematic problems will not be addressed, they are not new and they never have been handled in an enduring fashion. A few higher ups retired early, a handful of prosecutions now and then. That is all. Nothing long lasting. I do not live in nation with a police force that functions for me.

      You show a little grit and you lands in jail.

      by cal2010 on Tue Feb 19, 2013 at 02:53:51 PM PST

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