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    I'm curious what peoples views are on cops and if their is any correlation between their politics and their opinion on this. I'm pretty conservative for the most part and have always given the benefit of the doubt to the cop but I have to admit that lately there seems to be a rash of bad shootings where I really have to question the cops judgment. I personally know a couple of guys that recently became cops that when I found out it made me exclaim WTF? These guys were both losers in life that couldn't hold a job and now in their 30s they are cops. It makes me wonder if it has become harder to get people that want to go into this line of work. Regardless of that when push comes to shove I tend to believe the cops version until the evidence all comes in.

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    Re: cops

    Quote Originally Posted by lifeisshort View Post
    I'm curious what peoples views are on cops and if their is any correlation between their politics and their opinion on this. I'm pretty conservative for the most part and have always given the benefit of the doubt to the cop but I have to admit that lately there seems to be a rash of bad shootings where I really have to question the cops judgment. I personally know a couple of guys that recently became cops that when I found out it made me exclaim WTF? These guys were both losers in life that couldn't hold a job and now in their 30s they are cops. It makes me wonder if it has become harder to get people that want to go into this line of work. Regardless of that when push comes to shove I tend to believe the cops version until the evidence all comes in.
    There are thousands if not hundreds of thousands of cops in the country. Most are good some are bad. That's life. I've personally never had a bad interaction with one, doesn't mean that it doesn't happen.
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    Re: cops

    Unfortunately bc of the nature of the job, I feel many start off as good people, but then for whatever reason they change.

    It's due to either;

    Becoming jaded

    Acquiring a superiority complex

    Only hanging out with other cops who share their sane mentality

    It's interesting that we don't hear about women LEO's being trigger happy, or too aggressive. Wonder why that is!?

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    Re: cops

    Quote Originally Posted by herenow1 View Post
    Unfortunately bc of the nature of the job, I feel many start off as good people, but then for whatever reason they change.

    It's due to either;

    Becoming jaded

    Acquiring a superiority complex

    Only hanging out with other cops who share their sane mentality

    It's interesting that we don't hear about women LEO's being trigger happy, or too aggressive. Wonder why that is!?
    It happens.

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    As a general rule, I don't have much use for them. I've met a few that I genuinely liked, but for the most part, they are pretty uptight and cocky. Basically, they are a necessity, and unfortunately, dealing with the criminal element seems to have its negative effects on most of them.
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    Re: cops

    Quote Originally Posted by lifeisshort View Post
    I'm curious what peoples views are on cops and if their is any correlation between their politics and their opinion on this. I'm pretty conservative for the most part and have always given the benefit of the doubt to the cop but I have to admit that lately there seems to be a rash of bad shootings where I really have to question the cops judgment. I personally know a couple of guys that recently became cops that when I found out it made me exclaim WTF? These guys were both losers in life that couldn't hold a job and now in their 30s they are cops. It makes me wonder if it has become harder to get people that want to go into this line of work. Regardless of that when push comes to shove I tend to believe the cops version until the evidence all comes in.
    For "white noise" at night, I have a scanner that covers multiple channels in and around the city I live in. There is another world taking place outside of what appears to be a sleeping city. I have heard foot chases, high speed chases, shots fired, screaming, yelling, and everything from simple to fatal.

    The police live life on the edge, based on what I hear every night. One mistake, and someone could die, righteously, or wrongly. One wrong word, one misplaced action, and a simple interaction with the public can go terribly wrong. I've heard it. They have a job to do, and it would seem the vast majority of people they have to interact with in doing that job, aren't too appreciative of their mission.

    Seems to me it's very easy to assign some type of personality defect to the police. But listen to their radio interactions between each other, and dispatch, and a completely different appreciation of what they do, and how they do it takes place.

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    Re: cops

    Quote Originally Posted by herenow1 View Post
    Unfortunately bc of the nature of the job, I feel many start off as good people, but then for whatever reason they change.
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    It's interesting that we don't hear about women LEO's being trigger happy, or too aggressive. Wonder why that is!?
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    Quote Originally Posted by lizzie View Post
    As a general rule, I don't have much use for them. I've met a few that I genuinely liked, but for the most part, they are pretty uptight and cocky. Basically, they are a necessity, and unfortunately, dealing with the criminal element seems to have its negative effects on most of them.
    I think you are correct about dealing with criminals having a negative effect on them. I watch that COPS show now and then and wonder how those guys take it dealing with these drunken drug addicted losers all the time. Sometimes I find myself saying, " Do society a favor and shoot that guy". I think I would make a bad cop.

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    Re: cops

    Quote Originally Posted by lizzie View Post
    As a general rule, I don't have much use for them. I've met a few that I genuinely liked, but for the most part, they are pretty uptight and cocky. Basically, they are a necessity, and unfortunately, dealing with the criminal element seems to have its negative effects on most of them.
    IMHO, from talking to LEO friends, a large part of that "negativity" is caused by the judicial system that quickly accepts plea deals even for repeat offenders. When the officer is rarely asked to testify and their incident/arrest report is largely ignoired then they come to feel that they are asked to simply put up with the behavior of thugs.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ocean515 View Post
    For "white noise" at night, I have a scanner that covers multiple channels in and around the city I live in. There is another world taking place outside of what appears to be a sleeping city. I have heard foot chases, high speed chases, shots fired, screaming, yelling, and everything from simple to fatal.

    The police live life on the edge, based on what I hear every night. One mistake, and someone could die, righteously, or wrongly. One wrong word, one misplaced action, and a simple interaction with the public can go terribly wrong. I've heard it. They have a job to do, and it would seem the vast majority of people they have to interact with in doing that job, aren't too appreciative of their mission.

    Seems to me it's very easy to assign some type of personality defect to the police. But listen to their radio interactions between each other, and dispatch, and a completely different appreciation of what they do, and how they do it takes place.
    That is why I give the benefit of the doubt to the cop until or unless evidence proves otherwise. These guys have a tough job with a stress level I can't imagine.

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