- Posted October 10, 2013 by
Police Brutality | Unmonitored
Time and time again there are stories and reports of police brutality, and yet, the actions of our police force are repeatedly pushed under the rug. I think it's time we take a closer look at what those who are supposed to protect us are really doing to the citizens of this Nation.
Websites such as http://www.policebrutality.info/ show the utter abuse of the police force, and while many police officers are not abusive or don't use excessive force, the ones who do are often given the clean slate to do so. There are no repercussions, and if there are it's done internally or by another 'external' force directly related to the police force itself, and even then only very blatant and extreme cases ever have action taken on them.
The question is what are we supposed to do? Just take a beating, maybe even die? Where's the line between my ability to defend myself and an officer just trying to detain a disorderly person? When is it ok to kill someone while you're trying to detain them, or shoot them, or kick and beat them? Repeatedly we see stories and videos of police officers going to the extreme to hurt or even kill an individual?
Police are given free rein to use force and/or deadly force whenever they may see fit, but for us civilians (I am a military veteran), when is enough enough? If I am in fear for my life of a police officer, what am I supposed to do? I can't run, because I'll be chased down and 'ooops' run over. I can't fight back because I'll be sat on and killed. I can't wrestle my way out because then I'll be cuffed and charged with resisting arrest and most likely beaten and taken down to the ground because of it.
The fact is this, while many people do trust the Police Department to protect the people, there are a great majority of us who are afraid of them. Why would someone be afraid? I for one don't do anything illegal, but I'm an avid Second Amendment Rights advocate and I do open carry (legally and I have a conceal carry permit if need be) and some officers don't like that. I get harassed all the time because I'm exercising a right that's already been legally given to me.
I get it, the job of a police officer isn't easy, and it's dangerous, and you never know when your next day may be your last. Trust me, I was there. I served in the military and while the Navy doesn't generally go at war unless we're really at war with someone, there are so many dangers on a ship it's easy to lose a life and not even know what happened because it happened that quickly.
Our people need to know they are not only safe from those who may do them harm, but that they are safe from the police who enforce the law, and right now, we have no faith in the police nation-wide. To be honest, I'm more afraid of the damage and danger a police officer holds than I am the crook trying to rob my house, and that's something I should never have to say.
I feel that the news media needs to make this a big deal, because we can't focus on gun control and gun safety when the people we RELY on now to protect us are the ones who abuse their power and threaten our lives.
- E. Wright