"The new warrior cop is out of control"

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    When you are carrying a hammer, everything starts to look like a nail.

    salon.com


    On drug raids under the guise of licensure inspections:

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    The militarization of the police forces is a disturbing trend.

    I read Radley Balko a good deal and he writes often about it. Just wrote a book. I put it on my list.
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    An example of his writing


    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/news/the-agitator
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    Police are out of control and the only way to change it is by cutting their resources so they do not have the time to spend on such trivial BS.

    Disturbing story about the guy getting murdered by cops over some friendly wagering
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    I don't think it's much different than it's always been, the Internet just allows us to hear the stories more. Ask black America whether it's a recent phenomenon for instance, and certain percentage of cop has always had delusions of grandeur. Heck, you used to get arrested for speeding if you were in a state that didn't have an agreement with yours. I remember getting pulled over in SC in 1992 and the cop telling me he wasn't going to take me to jail that night, as if it was a huge favor on a 15mph over 68 dollar ticket.
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    When you give cops a bunch of military weapons but training and dsicipline that is nowhere near equivalent to military training and discipline, bad things are bound to happen.
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    There are never consequences. NEVER. Paying a $2 million settlement is nothing since they just take the money as taxes from the very people they wronged.

    Cops need to be sent to jail and frequently for harming citizens.
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    You can thank cop unions and scared management. Want 6 six weeks off at Christmas? Shoot a black DUI speeder at 2 a.m. with a couple of buddies and claim you thought his cell phone was a gun as he reached for it. Happens repeatedly. Why would 5 cops all fire their guns at the "same time"?
    You lie for me, then I'll lie for you when you need it.
    Bizzare situation.
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    What I want to know is, other than the government, who gives a damn if the man was gambling?
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    Agree... this is another issue the govt has no business criminalizing.
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    Oak, that is the very reason I voted for Gary Johnson last time. I knew it was fruitless but somewhere along the line the American people need to wake up and see what is happening by allowing only two parties to rule us. Same old chit, just another day.
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    Agree as well...but to add to that, the cop in question took it upon himself to befriend the guys AND start raising the stakes high enough to actually warrant intervention. Had the guy not been shot, he would have had a pretty good defense for entrapment, at the very minimum.

    Absolutely despicable actions by the police and their supervisors. A man is dead because of it too. I'm willing to bet that in whatever BS statement on the press release, the cops absolved themselves completely for creating the situation and that "the defendant left us with no other choice." Right
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    the problem for the most part isn't police in general. What seems to be a big problem is that police work tends to attract a few bad eggs who get a big head when they put on the badge and sidearm. AS opposed to the vast majority of police who view the badge and sidearm as a responsibility as opposed to a means to be a bully.

    What is rather startling is that in the past it was mainly libs being critical of police. Today it appears are getting slammed by both the left and the right
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    The incident happened 4 years ago and no police officer has been charged. When the vast majority of good cops start holding the few bad eggs responsible for their actions, people will stop viewing them all the same. If I participate in covering up another person's crime, I become a criminal. The same should be true for the police and prosecutors.
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    Read the article. This was one of many incidents, the most recent incident discussed in the article being from 2012. The police department paid off the family, to the tune of 2 million taxpayer dollars.
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    Years ago it was a few bad eggs. Read the OP link to salon.com.
    Now every podunk agency has a Homeland Sec. funded SWAT team of rogues that work when they want to and harrass who they want to without repercussion. It foments out of control rogue behavior in their regular workday. FOP & PBA add to the problem.
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    Very disturbing. Cut funding and put rogue cops in prison. That is the only thing I can think of that will get their attention.
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    That is a healthy evolution. Many law and order conservatives have evolved into small government, civil rights, maximum freedom conservatives. Little "l" libertarians, if you will.
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    I would dispute this somewhat. The police are more "professional" now than 50 years ago. But this is a mixed bag. Professionalization means "better" police work, but also higher budgets, more technology, more military-like in appearance and operation.
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