I didn't realise that there are 18,000 Police Forces in the US.
So when people complain about "The Police", it's going to be a different story for every single force. Not every force by its nature can be the same. Some I suspect have particular cultures that have evolved in certain ways.
I guess the only similarity in the UK is the situation with the South Yorkshire Police over the course of the 1980s, which evolved to deal with the situation over the Miner's strike and I'd say became "hardened" in its use of force and its authority. This reached its nadir with Hillsbrough.
The Met in London is different to other Police forces because it has different "threats" and issues that it has to deal with.
I'm not going to defend the actions of bad Police officers because it's not worth defending - but I will say that being a Policeman, at least to me, seems like an extremely difficult job at times. In the US it seems like police officers have very little training in how to deal with people on the whole, and that this sort of thing takes years to gain. Being a Policeman must be very difficult when you are confronted with armed crime and the like on a regular basis - it must make you somewhat inured and pessimistic about lots of people, which makes those who show compassion and humanity seem all the more like remarkable people. What frightens me and is apparent in these current clashes is that the police has become increasingly militarised - and I can't imagine what it would be like carrying a gun with me all day, having the potential to use it if necessary to respond to a threat of sorts.
And when Police organisations have a culture of using force, I can imagine that it is very difficult to wind that back.
It wouldn't surprise me if more cops retire early or quit after this settles down. I think there's a slight problem with it now in the US police force. If they're good genuine cops but will never be trusted or get labeled racist at every turn, why bother?
For someone who takes pretty quick umbrage at indirect attacks at her posts, I thought your response or segueway to mine was pretty dismissive. Rather no comment at all.
Imagine if we were standing in a group, I told that story, and you turned to everyone else and said, "Meanwhile. . ."
That's the way it looks anyway.
But it clearly isn't a segue from or response to your post, It came eleven hours later, and was introducing a new topic within the general thread. It's a trope I use all the time, not to dismiss what came before, but to make it clear that it has nothing specifically to do with what went before.
Not indirect attacks at all but I'll not rehash anything for you.
I wasn't commenting at all on the Black Lives matter topic in your post and in others. It was a throwaway, off-current-topic joke - absolutely zero to do with you. I'll make sure to preface my posts next tine it happens.
On a "posting etiquette" note, I have my own problem responding to a post like sloop's: it's a great post, but I'm afraid if I hit the "thumbs up" button it'll look like I approve of a brilliant young black man getting his brains scrambled by a police beating...
I didn't see that, but then again I'm not sure I'd've noticed it if I did see it. He says/threatens all kindsa shit, and this is just a variation on one of his "greatest hits".
I'm not a mind reader, but I can't believe he has any personal vendetta against drug cartels. If anything he probably secretly admires them, just like he not-so-secretly admires every other ruthless thug in the world.
Three Nevada men with ties to a loose movement of right-wing extremists advocating the overthrow of the U.S. government have been arrested on terrorism-related charges in what authorities say was a conspiracy to spark violence during recent protests in Las Vegas.
The complaint filed in U.S. District Court in Las Vegas on Wednesday said they self-identified as part of the “boogaloo” movement, which U.S. prosecutors said in the document is “a term used by extremists to signify coming civil war and/or fall of civilization.”
if you are able to read this, don't kid yourself, you are shouting into the abyss, too!