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  •  Not my experience. (1+ / 0-)
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    Dancing Frog

    Every cop-vs-civilian situation I have seen where the civilian showed any verbal (not physical) resistance has resulted in fact an escalation by the cop.  Several people which included  cops how told me that they are trained to control a situation they don't like by further and forcefully asserting their authority and control.  That either means a verbal or physical beat down.  

    An guy we know from Eastern Europe who was trying to become a cop here in the states told us American cops are trained to go to physical violence much more quickly than in Eastern Europe.

    •  The best cops I have met.... (3+ / 0-)
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      PhilJD, Fixerguy, CaffeineInduced

      ...are the ones who treat everyone, even (or, perhaps, especially) a drunk, belligerent homeless guy, with respect and courtesy, even if you're asking them to do something they don't want to do. The best cops that I've met will de-escalate a situation. Unfortunately, there's a police culture that doesn't promote cops like this and protects the racists, the corrupt, and the violent.

      •  Yes, (0+ / 0-)

        That "culture" is also referred to as the police union and you may be sure that they have most city, county and state governments in an iron grip. If a politician doesn't have the support of the police unions, he won't be re-elected.

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