|ActionSatisfaction Esq. |
Location: Newark, NJ
Action always satisfies
|Re: Man Arrested for "Unlawful Photography"|
<Reply # 13 on 7/16/2008 12:36 PM >
|Most cops are assholes if you're an angsty 13-20 year old kid who doesn't know how to handle themselves around one. I've been arrested about 7 or 8 times (used to be a bad kid long ago) but I've been caught doing things wayyyyyyy more times then that. I'd say 9/10 times, if you're respectful and courteous, you can either get off completely scot free (depending on the severity), or get lesser charges. Once you start playing hardball, or angry renegade kid, they do three things: laugh at you, stop trying to help you, and lead you into making more mistakes.|
As a person who lives and spends time near/in a city positively ripe with corruption (Newark NJ), you'd think I'd share your views. But the thing is, you have to understand that most of the time these people are just doing their jobs, and not all of them are power tripping assholes. Think about the jobs they have, so much stress, constantly on the lookout for somebody trying to take them out. And it does push the good ones to become assholes, but that's not their fault, it's the fault of society and the people who live in it.
That's not to say there's not an overwhelming amount of the regular assholes, but saying "the only good cop is a dead cop" is a statement of unbelievable ignorance.
I recently got pulled over doing 65 in a 35... It was a very open woods road, clear sunny dry day, no real danger to anybody but the deer in the woods and myself. Cop pulls me over, starts with the normal shit. I act polite but firm, guy ends up giving me a ticket for "obstruction of view" (I had some smelly tree things hanging from my rear view) instead of 30 miles over speeding ticket. Saved me a moving violation, hundreds of extra dollars, and points on my license. Does that guy deserve to die? You'd be off your rocker to say yes. He still made revenue for his town, and did his job without potentially messing up somebody's life for awhile. I even shook his hand after he handed me the ticket.
P.S. - Instead of turning this into a flame war, explain to me why you think "every cop is an asshole, or "a good cop is a dead cop" so civil discourse can take place. Without civility, there is no point in discussion.
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