Topic Cops Out of Control.
24 Jun 2015 15:14
It is nice to know that someone other than those who are going through this cares. Thanks. Secondly, I have allways heard when older people said that history repeats itself. This is the same thing cops use to do to the black race in the fifties and sixties. It will be very difficult to make a turn around because it isn't just the cops, it is the judges who get them off, it is the people who support the outrageous cops and it is the lack of punishment from the cops superiors. The system in so many ways shows the cops it is ok to hurt or put fear in to a person of the black race and nothing will happen. Look what happen in my state Ohio.
The cop stood on top of the victems car and continued to fire at unarmed people and the system found him "NOT GUILTY"
In an attempt to be balanced, I'm going to share two stories I heard today.
1) West Michigan:
"The easiest 50 bucks I ever spent."
That's what the Michigan police officer said after purchasing a booster seat for a 5-year-old girl who was riding without a car seat.
This instance of gift-giving began as an ordinary traffic stop. Last Friday, Emmett Township Department of Public Safety Officer Ben Hall stopped a vehicle in the southwest Michigan community after someone reported there was a young child riding without a car seat. Alexis DeLorenzo and her daughter were driving in the car of a friend who was at the wheel.
When they were stopped, Ms. DeLorenzo grew worried. She thought they were going to get a ticket. She told the officer she had recently fallen on hard times and could not afford a seat for her daughter. Her car had been repossessed with her daughter's booster seat still inside.
"We're living paycheck to paycheck, hand to mouth, borrowing money from friends," she said.
Instead of writing the woman a ticket, Officer Hall told her to meet him at a Walmart in 15 minutes. There, he bought a booster seat for her daughter. The act "changed my life," DeLorenzo said. "I'm never going to forget him. And neither will my daughter."
In an interview, Hall explained how it felt natural to go beyond the call of duty and make a difference in these people's lives. His words also expressed humility – anybody in his same position would have done what he did, he said.
"A ticket doesn't solve the situation," Hall told Fox 17 News. "What solves it is the child being in the booster seat like she should be."
Lisa Mahone, her two children, and her boyfriend Jamal Jones were rushing to a Chicago hospital to see her mother after receiving word from hospital officials that her mother was near death.
She was pulled over for not wearing a seatbelt, handed the officer her license and insurance information and informed them they were in a hurry to see her mother before she passed. For whatever reason, the officers decided they need to see ID from her boyfriend as well. He did not have a current license due to a traffic violation and rather than let it go, they asked him to get out of the vehicle. He reached into the backseat to show them the paperwork and that is when all hell broke loose:
Jones said he didn't have an ID to give to police because he recently got a ticket. When he reached into his book bag in the back seat to get the ticket, police drew their guns.
"I don't know you and I don't know what you're going to do," an officer told Jones. He responded, "That's why I have my windows up. I'm not no harm to you right now. I got my kids in the car and you're drawing your weapon."
Jones told FOX 32 News, "So once the kids were scared, I wasn't gonna get out of the car and leave my kids in the car. He was being so aggressive."
Meanwhile, Mahone was talking to 911 operators, pleading for them to send a supervisor as her son taped the encounter on a cell phone. See their terrifying experience:
So, the question is, why does this happen, why does it seem it's getting out of control, and what do we do about it?
In fairness, I know there are good cops out there trying to do the right thing. I've even encountered some of them. Growing up in Oakland, CA, I've also encountered my share of bad cops.
Why is it that we hear and see more and more of this kind of thing lately? Have America's cities been turned into war zones? Is being a cop so dangerous that they feel this kind of behavior is warranted? Is it just a matter of a few bad apples on power trips, or is this the behavior that is being condoned by the system? I know there are some cops on Lush - I'd really love to hear their perspective - I'm not looking to bash here, I'm just truly baffled by the dearth of horror stories that I'm bombarded with in growing numbers. How do we turn this around? Why haven't we already, with so much focus being put on case after case, Ferguson being the latest? And, I hate to play this card, but it seems all to apt to point out that most of these cases involve African-Americans. I'm sure many of you have heard the say "being pulled over for driving while black". Sadly, there's a lot of truth to it, in my experience. I remember getting away with all sorts of things that my black friends would have been busted for simply because I was female and white. Is racism a factor here? Is it the areas that these stories come out of (usually Urban and/or lower class). Is it because on of the desired personality traits of being a cop a high level of aggression?
Mostly, I want to know how we go about changing the growing mistrust, anger, and hatred leveled at ALL cops due to the actions of a few. Is it too late to turn that around in our lifetime, or is it something that you believe we can achieve?