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Police Officers—Always Respect, Call When Needed & Avoid Otherwise

Footage from a news helicopter shows Philadelphia Police officers beating three suspects on North 2nd Street near Lippincott in Hunting Park late Monday night.

In Philadelphia, a number of police officers recently beat three drug suspects in an excessive manner.

Here is a story about the beating. Above is a picture.

Being a police officer is a hard job.

Yet uniformed officers must have discipline.

My feeling about police officers is that you always respect them, you call them when needed, and you avoid them otherwise.

Police officers can be very helpful. If they help you they deserve your thanks. 

We should never forget that police are human just like anybody else. 

At the same time, police officers can get away with a lot.

They can mess you up if they choose.

When confronted with the facts about bad deeds that they or other officers may have committed, they do not always tell the truth.

Police officers should be well paid and receive good benefits.

They should also be under strong civilian control and always be respectful of that civilian authority.

People with weapons and the authority of the state behind them need strong personal discipline.

The Philadelphia police officers in this case seem to have failed the public, the profession and themselves. 

May 8, 2008 - Posted by | Uncategorized | , ,

4 Comments »

  1. Cops like troops have unreasonable standards they are held to and shit jobs, they do not get the support or mental health they need to function and they are always over exposed when something bad happens. they need to have more positive affirmation and support to show them they are appreciated. there was a cop just killed days before and they like any family were out for revenge, its not right but to a degree understandable. they were in the wrong there is no doubt about that. maybe if we legalized drugs and got automatic wepons off the streets and rehabbed addicts instead of making them worse we would have a more civil and less violent society.

    Comment by bill brady | May 8, 2008

  2. While some of what you say has merit, during my time working in city government in Cincinnati I saw too many cases where cops seemed nearly out of control and not respectful of elected officials.

    Comment by Neil Aquino | May 8, 2008

  3. Police departements in most cities are also huge bloated bureaucracies. City managers and councils can almost never say no to any police budget requests for fear of appearing soft on crime or not protecting public safety.

    Comment by D White | May 9, 2008

  4. Yep–Great comment. Thank you.

    Comment by Neil Aquino | May 9, 2008


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