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    to believe that they have to emulate the behavior of the many "tough cops" they have been watching in the movies for years. Even before Washington decided to fund the "war on drugs" Hollywood was casting all big city gangsters as drug dealers. Remember the hit movie "Superfly"? Hollywood discovered two new prototypes to automatically cast as hated villians for any big city crime movie, namely black pimps and black drug dealers.

    Entire generations of policemen have grown up with these stereotypes welded into their brain cells. If you are a white cop in any inner-city neighborhood and there are four or five black guys hanging around an empty lot or around a stoop, you just know that someone in the group has drugs on their person somewhere. Why? Simply because every movie or cop TV show script about the "hood" says that there must be dope there. Take the same scene and substitute white male actors for the black male actors and the idea that there is likely to be dope there vanishes from the realm of possibility. There may be beer there, but the presence of dope would never be suspected.

    Since the belief systems of these policemen have been likewise conditioned by Hollywood to expect any police encounter is likely to conclude with the usual high speed car chase and shootouts. Therefore the urban police are always primed and ready to spring into action as if they are on a movie set or TV lot. For some reason it has been written into their minds that the WORST outcome is when the police FAIL to apprehend the vehicle and the people they are chasing.  

    It yet amazes me that no one has suggested doing a study and profile of some these inner-city plainclothes police for the rather intuitive connection between their real-life responses to confrontational situations as compared to those scripted responses learned over the years from viewing  Hollywood movies or TV police stories. Remember Clint Eastwood's famous Dirty Harry line; "Come on, Make my day!"?  

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