My job is so hard! So much harder than a ****ing Coal Miners'!
Those that "Snap" should be put on Death Row so the rest of the Pinkboy Fancyboys learn to control themselves.
"The problem is that preventing such requires good mental health care, and in many cases the culture of a police department (and indeed, the country) does not really support that."
Yay! More excuses for the POLICE! What's next, their uniforms make Community Policing IMPOSSIBLE? Jesus, is there no end?
It's time to load up the guns and take care of the pieces of ****, oink, oink, ourselves.
God, do I support the Bloody Anti-Government Protests.
Which only goes to show my point about a culture that does not support proper mental health care is valid, actually, so thanks for that.
Knock it off with the idiot anti-police act.
Or post some links to proof that police are as bad as you seem to think they are.
Sometimes I think we're alone. Sometimes I think we're not. In either case, the thought is staggering. ~ R. Buckminster Fuller
I am somewhere between these people are all animals and we should fire them all and this is an isolated incident and should be treated as such. I personally believe our police have been given too much lead. They need to be reigned in, and it may be time for troopers to wear video cameras.
"We ain't a sharp species. We kill each other over arguments about what happens when you die, then fail to see the ******* irony in that." - Justin Halpern
Give a man a fish and he eats for a day. Teach a man to fish and he stops voting for the Free Fish party.
I want to say that I am not condoning the officers actions here, but we only see a portion of the entire event. The report says that the woman was taken to the hospital not only for physical treatment, but for mental evaluation as well. Most people judging the officers actions based on an edited bit of video, have NO idea what it is to deal with mentally ill people, and just how dangerous it is.
The woman looked like she had some size to her, and could have been assaulting the CHP officer before the altercation that was caught on camera. She clearly refused orders to stop, and even when taken to the ground she remained on her back, and was not allowing herself to be handcuffed.
Cops have to do a horribly difficult job, and deal with all sorts of people, and situations that other scrutinize in many cases without the relevant information. They are outnumbered, and deal with nearly every situation from a routine traffic stop, to a full blown armed felon fleeing...And in far too many cases are jaded pretty quickly by their job.
I agree with routine, and consistent mental health exams for police, that should be ongoing, and indicators of potential danger signs identified. Most rational people don't get themselves into situations where it would escalate to this point, but with that said, submitting to every command without question is also disturbing.
We should not be having to make the choice between our physical safety, and questioning the actions of an individual officer either. We don't live in a police state, (as much as the argument to the opposite would have us believe). We have laws in our society, and need good people to do these jobs professionally. This officer seemingly lost his cool, but without knowing the entire story, I'd be hard pressed to pass judgement.
Americans are so enamored of equality that they would rather be equal in slavery than unequal in freedom.
Alexis de Tocqueville