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  •  I've had loads of interactions with them... (0+ / 0-)

    ...I've even reported on them professionally.

    Police officers are, generally, only as good as their department.  It is a paramilitary organization, and bad  starts at the top and is trained down.  The officers are the manifestation of the problems, not the cause.

    The urge to save humanity is almost always a false face for the urge to rule it. ~ H.L. Mencken

    by Jay Elias on Fri Apr 25, 2008 at 08:25:17 AM PDT

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    •  go to protests in NYC much? (3+ / 0-)
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      want to see cops beating people already in handcuffs? pushing women to the ground for asking questions? hauling people out of a crowd and tossing them against walls? running horses through a pack of people sitting down in an intersection, demonstrating peacefully?
      how about seven cops hauling someone off a train and slamming them against the wall for daring to drink a can of beer?
      I had the audacity to tell a cop off for giving me a bullshit ticket and his partner's hand dropped to his side - his GUN side. For SPEAKING.

      Yeah yeah I know this is all anecdotal. But people show their true colors under pressure. Talk to anyone at any of the 2004 protests. Nobody who lives in NYC should be surprised that cops shot up an unarmed man.

      Dig down, find more. -5.38, -6.10 my fake band.

      by brocktunestudios on Fri Apr 25, 2008 at 08:36:50 AM PDT

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      •  Who is surprised? (0+ / 0-)

        And more to the point, how are any of those things not evidence for my point, that it is institutional enablement of such behavior by police which is the problem, not simply the "few bad apples" of some bad cops?

        The urge to save humanity is almost always a false face for the urge to rule it. ~ H.L. Mencken

        by Jay Elias on Fri Apr 25, 2008 at 08:38:29 AM PDT

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