[quote]angry chicken wrote:
This is just another symptom of the War on Drugs. Just like Prohibition back in the 1920’s. It only serves to put a lot of money in the hands of criminals, brings violence to our streets and the innocent people are often the ones who suffer the most. The same ones they are trying to “protect”. It’s a NON VIOLENT crime. The violence comes as a result of criminals controlling the territory. You don’t see local liqueur stores shooting at each other do you?
It seems to me that if you plan on raiding a house, you MAKE SURE you know who’s in the fucking house. That’s just common sense… Even from a purely tactical perspective. The cops cut corners and as a result an innocent child is horribly hurt.
Is that a price that we as a society are willing to pay? It seems to me that everyone (non LEO) says no… So if EVERYONE is saying they DON’T want this, why is it still happening? How do we stop it?
How can we “control” a force that is allowed to arrest US, and kill US, and burn US but if we so much as spit at them, we are locked up?
How do we take back our power as CITIZENS and curb police violence? How do we let them know that THEY are here to protect and serve US? Not to intimidate, harm and be feared. They have too much power with little transparency and almost no accountability. It’s out of control.
For the record, I respect good police. I haven’t jumped on the “fuck the police” band wagon. But there needs to be a change.[/quote]
It’s odd that public opinion of the police seems to be at a historical low, yet accountability and transparency are at an all time high. I’ve talked with a few retired police, and the shit they used to get away with would not fly today. One guy told me that if a person attended the station to make a complaint, the guy behind the front desk would run them out of the building. If that’s the kind of stuff that went on in broad daylight for all to see, what happened in the shitty parts of town under the cover of darkness? Are the police really worse today, or is there something else at play here?