I'm on a first-name basis with a handful of cops including the Sheriff, and my grandfather was a cop.
That said, things have gotten out of control. Daily the police reputation grows dimmer, and you can thank the war on drugs for much of it.
The aerial footage of the guy in California looked very much like the Rodney King beating. Philip Zimbardo calls it the Lucifer Effect in human behavior, and that's probably the best description.
Police work consists of authority based on force, making it an attractive vocation to a low as well as high grade of human, inasmuch as being a priest appeals to child molesters since it puts them in a position of trust where they have relatively free access to potential adolescent sex partners. Meanwhile, police departments must be organized to meet the demands of an often conflicting web of priorities: the interests of the public, the interests of police officers, and the interests of local government.
The "interests of police officers" generally entail good benefits and license to use a large range of powers with minimal oversight or consequence, and they have robust union with plenty of lawyers willing and able to back that up.
The "interests of government" (mostly district attorneys and mayors) are having a good working relationship with the police so they put down on their resume that they kept the streets of X city safe during their tenure and can be trusted to be your representative in the next X level of representative government. For that reason they are predisposed to be on the side of the police in any situation where the political climate doesn't make it untenable.
Then you have the "interests of the public", which mostly go that police officers treat the body politic with respect while being circumspect in their use of force, particularly lethal force.
These positions don't necessarily contradict each other, but often they do, particularly #1 and #3.
Last edited by Morality Games; 04-11-15 at 02:37 PM.
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