Should we trust the police?

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We at Joe for America have been accused of being cop haters when we post articles that don’t show law enforcement as the pillars of honor that they want the world to believe they are.

Thomas Sowell said:“One of the common failings among honorable people is a failure to appreciate how thoroughly dishonorable some other people can be, and how dangerous it is to trust them.” With numerous instances of dishonorable police behavior in the news lately, one has to wonder what the benefit of trusting any police officer would be.

We are a nation of laws, and those laws need to be enforced. There are rules by which law enforcement must abide, and most of the time they do. “Most” is the key word in that sentence… We wish it could be “all,” but that is where the dishonorable part comes in to play.  Some say, “just wait until you need a cop.” To that we say, “We’ll call them when we need them.” It’s their job to show up; it’s what we pay them for. At times it’s a very dangerous job that they have signed up for, and honorable officers are to be commended – the others, not so much.

So how do you know which one you are dealing with when they approach you? It’s simple, you don’t.

Let’s be clear, that badge gives a dishonorable officer the power to ruin your day, ruin your life, or even take it from you. That is something that the honorable ones will even admit. So, it’s best to know what your rights are and even more important to exercise them. An honorable law enforcement officer knows what your rights are and may get frustrated that you are acting on those rights, but that’s their problem, not yours. They will try to make it your problem, but it’s best to protect yourself.

copkickassPolice are trained to intimidate, lie and use the good cop-bad cop strategy. You may have friends that are police, but not all police are friends. To think that they are is a mistake – one that could prove fatal.

A law enforcement friend of ours warned us about “screen tests.” He instructed us to lay down if we were ever arrested and put in the back of a squad car. That was to keep from getting our face smashed against the screen between the front and back seat. He explained that when your hands are cuffed behind your back, it’s awfully hard to keep ones face from slamming against the screen should the officer need to brake hard for a “squirrel” or some other “obstacle” in the road. Seldom, if ever, have I run across an officer that doesn’t know what a screen test is. The fact that so many are aware of the term, and smirk when it’s brought up, makes one wonder.

Sure tensions run high and smashing someone’s face into the screen might make a ticked off cop feel better, but it doesn’t make it right. If you get more than a couple of cops together, they will usually boast about this time or that time. To them, it’s just another day on the job of taking out the bad guys. The problem is, it’s not their job to decide who the good guys and the bad guys are – that’s the job of the courts and a jury.

At a time when the public’s trust of government is at an all time low, it may be a great idea to stop the bullshit infringement of our rights. Here’s the deal, we can film you, we can record you, we don’t have to talk to you, we are aware that you are trained to intimidate and lie. We also know that you are not all bad, but that you will not say jack-shit about those who are. You will cover for them and make excuses for them because, “people need to be able to trust law enforcement, and that the media loves to make law enforcement look bad, agencies do everything they can to keep bad actions out of the limelight.”

We will continue to expose questionable law enforcement practices and leave it to our readers to decide.

What we will not do is allow bad police behavior to be pushed into the shadows in an attempt to encourage public trust in dishonorable law enforcement officers as some suggest.

This is very much an open conversation and we would love to hear from anyone that has anything to say on the matter.  If you have a different view, send it in, and we will print it and debate it.

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