Recently there has been a trend among police officers in major metropolitan areas and that trend is killing people. When I was a kid in the late 1970s, the police officer in your area was your best friend. He helps you when you needed help and it seemed like he was always there when you needed him. He will come to your local baseball games, football games, and high school events. The one thing he was he was always there. This is when serve and protect meant something. The police officer had to read you your Miranda rights have sufficient evidence to arrest you and they for sure what not shoot first and ask questions later.
Less lethal doesn’t mean they can’t kill you. Tasers have been around for a while and the police officers have to be instructed on how to use them. I know if the situation was different later a person was driving down methamphetamines or drugged out, it would take more than just one Taser bring somebody. But I seen a recent trend in police officer’s behavior, it has changed from “to protect and serve” to “arrest and imprison.” I know a lot of people read this blog but this is just my opinion. Police officers are trained to deal with people with psychological disorders, if they run into a person with a psychological disorder they usually just tase them or if they have weapon just shoot them. Police officers even when they go after a suspect as in the case of Christopher Dorner, police officers with see a suspect vehicle and tried to stop them; if they didn’t stop the police officer would shoot. This happened on two occasions when the police officers saw a suspect in vehicle without going through procedure and just shooting the occupants of the vehicles. I have heard of another case, where the police had a suspect in custody, by that I mean that a suspect with handcuffed in the back of a police car. The police officer who shot this man said he had a gun, but they could not find one in the area. The suspect was shot dead and no retaliation of substance against the police officer was taken by the city’s administration. I feel the reason for a police officer’s total disregard of public safety and situational awareness is grounds for dismissal, but the police officers union doesn’t see it that way. As long as a police officer is saying that he is in fear of his life, the shooting was justified.
Police unions are not helping the situation when it comes to excessive force. Now a citizen’s definition of excessive force or when the times that legal force is needed from a police officer. First let’s look at the police officers equipment: bulletproof vest, usually 9 mm handgun semiautomatic with a 14 round clip at least, 2 to 3 extra 14 round clips, hand cuffs, Taser with a couple recharges, mag-light, baton, and the rest of the police officers on the shift. Oh I forgot to mention the police car with an AR 15 in the back trunk with full automatic with several 30 round clips in the trunk. Now if I was a police officer, I think that would be enough armament and body armor to feel somewhat safe. There also are procedural things a police officer can do to maintain the safety. The Metropolitan Police Departments recruit a different breed of police officer today. I heard of police officers taking steroids and other performance-enhancing drugs. Police officers are angry, hateful, and downright despicable. This is the reason why people are so afraid of the police today. They act like; they are Judge, jury, and executioner. I call this a psychological disorder called the “Judge Dredd syndrome.” Now I’m not a psychologist but I think that if you could have a psychological disorder for believing in the Constitution and liberty, which is a political stance on psychology, a soft science, then I can say the same about police officers, the TSA, the Department of Homeland Security, the FBI, and any other government enforcement agency.
I’m angry at the simple fact that the Constitution is continuously violated by the same people that are supposed to uphold it. I’m not saying all police officers suffer with this psychological disorder, Judge Dredd syndrome or JDS. Law enforcement officers in small towns and communities, a lot of County Sheriff’s are standing up against those that want to oppress us so stand up with them.