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    Re: To what standard should police be held?

    Quote Originally Posted by tres borrachos View Post
    I checked "Higher standard than the rest of us" and then I wished I could have taken it back. They should be held to the same standard as the rest of us when it comes to malfeasance on the job. You do something improper as a cop, you should have to pay the price. No more, no less.

    Why is a cop who does something "improper" any worse an offender than a teacher who abuses a kid, or a CEO who abuses his power - or a politician who abuses his office?
    In other words, you advocate increasing accountability from what it is right now, as currently police are seldom held to account for their actions.
    If you claim sexual harassment to be wrong, yet you defend anyone on your side for any reason,
    then you are a hypocrite and everything you say on the matter is just babble.

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    Re: To what standard should police be held?

    With all the cop hate in the country. I propose that we disband all Police Departments.
    Or all anyone who wants to, to opt out of police protection.

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    Re: To what standard should police be held?

    Quote Originally Posted by radcen View Post
    In other words, you advocate increasing accountability from what it is right now, as currently police are seldom held to account for their actions.
    Not true, we have officers fired all the time here for way less than shooting anyone.

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    Re: To what standard should police be held?

    Quote Originally Posted by radcen View Post
    In other words, you advocate increasing accountability from what it is right now, as currently police are seldom held to account for their actions.
    No, I never said that. I said they should be held to the same standard as the rest of us. My post was clear. I answered the poll question.

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    Re: To what standard should police be held?

    Quote Originally Posted by CRUE CAB View Post
    Not true, we have officers fired all the time here for way less than shooting anyone.
    So do we, including in our biggest city here in NH (Manchester).

    They get fired for on the job malfeasance, and off the job malfeasance.

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    Re: To what standard should police be held?

    Quote Originally Posted by CRUE CAB View Post
    With all the cop hate in the country. I propose that we disband all Police Departments.
    Or all anyone who wants to, to opt out of police protection.
    I've suggested the second part a few times. I wonder - all these internet toughies who are all about hating the cops, what would they do the first time they are in danger, or need something. They'd call 911 without thinking.

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    Re: To what standard should police be held?

    Quote Originally Posted by X Factor View Post
    Super human of course. As soon as they put on a badge and a uniform it must be assumed they're a hairs breadth away from the Nazi Gestapo and the repeated failure to give those they arrest a letter of apology along with a copy of the arrest warrant proves they are nothing but jack booted, mentally defective thugs whose very existence is of zero value.

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    Re: To what standard should police be held?

    Quote Originally Posted by tres borrachos View Post
    I've suggested the second part a few times. I wonder - all these internet toughies who are all about hating the cops, what would they do the first time they are in danger, or need something. They'd call 911 without thinking.
    And bitch and threaten to call the mayor if they had to wait longer than 30 seconds! :

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    Re: To what standard should police be held?

    Quote Originally Posted by Mr. Invisible View Post
    In any situation involving power dynamics, the one who has more power should be held to a higher moral standard. This is not to say that the other party should just be allowed to do whatever and held to no moral standard, but in this case the police should be held to a higher standard.
    Does it count for nothing that the police officer, as a requirement of his job, is expected to take far more risks and put himself into far more dangerous situations than is expected of the rest of us? And the power he is granted to do his job is primarily because of that? A lapse in judgment or a wrong choice by any of us can have serious, even deadly, consequences for others. I checked 'same as everybody else' which means that the negligent police officer will be held liable for causing unnecessary harm to others as we all of us are held liable to causing unnecessary harm to others. The only 'morality' that should involve any authority is that which does harm.
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    Re: To what standard should police be held?

    Quote Originally Posted by AlbqOwl View Post
    Does it count for nothing that the police officer, as a requirement of his job, is expected to take far more risks and put himself into far more dangerous situations than is expected of the rest of us? And the power he is granted to do his job is primarily because of that? A lapse in judgment or a wrong choice by any of us can have serious, even deadly, consequences for others. I checked 'same as everybody else' which means that the negligent police officer will be held liable for causing unnecessary harm to others as we all of us are held liable to causing unnecessary harm to others. The only 'morality' that should involve any authority is that which does harm.
    The police should be held to a higher standard due to the power dynamics as I stated earlier, especially due to the fact that they have the power to take the life of a person. For that alone even, I think they should be held to a higher standard.
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