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Ferguson and the Changing
Attitudes Towards Cops

American Thinker, by C. Edmund Wright

Original Article

Posted By:SpeedMaster, 8/17/2014 8:15:19 AM

One of the fascinating layers of the Ferguson riot story is how this tragedy has exposed what is a rapidly changing attitudinal climate towards law enforcement officers (LEOs). What was for years a stable predicate -- conservatives being reflexively ‘law and order’ and inherently giving cops the benefit of the doubt -- while liberals with the built in ACLU type disdain for cops tending to always assume the worst of those in power – is now a vortex of confusion, cross currents,and contradictions. It’s not a total flip-flop of the convention, but it’s moving in that direction. After all, we’ve seen

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Reliving the 60´s, except it is much worse.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: gasmeterguy, 8/17/2014 9:09:23 AM     (No. 9968929)

My respect for police has diminished greatly over the years. There have been too many shootings of unarmed citizens. If a policeman is so paranoid he thinks he has to shoot first, that person needs to find another line of work.

As I travel down I-40 I can be assured that at some point I will see a car pulled over, two or three police cars with flashing lights surrounding it and all its contents spread out on the grass. This is just too much for me.

The police are getting out of control. They need to have the heavy boot of the local government stomp on their necks. You know, like the way the police press their knees into a person on the ground.




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Reply 2 - Posted by: wilko, 8/17/2014 9:41:45 AM     (No. 9968971)

Obviously we don´t live in Mayberry any more, but to lump all the police officers into some grotesque militaristic juggernaut is foolish. They put on their badges to make their communities a better place for you and their families. I always suggest taking a ride-along with your local agency to meet the folks that probably know your neighborhood better than you do and who are not all Rambo. The good people who answer our calls for help are being denigrated and that shouldn´t be. Tragic mistakes happen in every line of work, but to deem all of them guilty is equally tragic.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: bugboy, 8/17/2014 9:45:07 AM     (No. 9968976)

Who are the machines guns, armored vehicles, helicopters, grenades, and implements of war to be used against?

I think it has shown that police forces can no longer be viewed as fellow citizens but more like a paramilitary force built and trained to intimidate and subjugate the very citizens that pay their salaries.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: provide, 8/17/2014 9:48:50 AM     (No. 9968982)

These military tactics will just be saved for the white citizenry.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: eoddad, 8/17/2014 9:48:56 AM     (No. 9968983)

Cops will ALWAYs get the benefit of the doubt in my house. The are still the long blue line protecting us from thugs.



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Reply 6 - Posted by: Passion, 8/17/2014 9:55:52 AM     (No. 9968992)

#2 I don´t think anyone, and not the author, are lumping them all together. The way I read it, it is just an "unlumping" so to speak - of the cops and the law and order conservative always supporting each other.

That is a long gone fantasy. It was that way most of my life, but no more.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: Passion, 8/17/2014 9:57:31 AM     (No. 9968993)

5 you can continue to enjoy the fantasy that the blue wall or blue line is there to protect you and your family. You´re decades behind. But go ahead and think that... right up until you become the target.

The thin blue line is there to protect only the cops themselves in far too many cases. Good cops will admit it. Bad cops will brag about it.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: StormCnter, 8/17/2014 10:09:50 AM     (No. 9969010)

I´m with #5 and I assure you, #6, I am not existing in the ´60s. Perhaps your experience is different. Mine is that the ones wearing a badge are usually the good guys and are motivated to protect and serve.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: Tusker, 8/17/2014 10:35:05 AM     (No. 9969034)



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Reply 10 - Posted by: Tusker, 8/17/2014 10:46:30 AM     (No. 9969043)

What a bunch of freeking islamocommie claptrap!

What we have here is anarchy, fueled by 2,50´s and subverters of civilization and the last bastion of hope for same.

I´d love you see you whining essobees shipped off to anywhere but here without the police protection you stupidly denigrate...like anywhere there is ISSS.

Here´s to the men and women of law enforcement on the line defending civilization against the barbarians whose long noses are sticking under this tent as well.

Good-bye and good riddance.



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Reply 11 - Posted by: Passion, 8/17/2014 11:24:57 AM     (No. 9969077)

10, Mark Steyn thinks you´re out to lunch too. The weakness in your argument is the fact that you have to distort the other side with an absurd absolutist argument. No one, NO ONE, said we should not have any policing. Don´t be infantile.


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Reply 12 - Posted by: eoddad, 8/17/2014 11:27:52 AM     (No. 9969079)

#6 If the bad guys breach the outer perimeter of the long Blue Line and into my interior defenses I will have the dirt bags exactly where I want them. You won´t need police at that point better to call the coroners office.

P.S. I live in Texas anybody in your yard during certain hours, its open season.

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Reply 13 - Posted by: bighambone, 8/17/2014 1:26:06 PM     (No. 9969250)

All these urban racial rioting situations up to now have always remained in predominantly underclass Black communities with the Black rioters expressing their interpretation of their first amendment rights by burning down and looting the businesses that serve those Black communities. If that rioting and looting were to shift to White suburban communities the attitudes of those communities would shift back to the favor of the police very quickly.

Rand Paul and his daddy are libertarians first, so they are against big government all the time and that includes big city police who from time to time have to show and use military type equipment for officer safety purposes.

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Reply 14 - Posted by: shimmer128, 8/17/2014 3:11:45 PM     (No. 9969379)

Too many instances of police attacking, swarming, beating and even murdering for me to feel fine with today´s police atmosphere. No one has noticed the tanks in small towns, the proliferation of SWAT teams all over the nation?
I have thankfully had good experiences with deputies when my ex and I were separated but that doesn´t mean I don´t see what´s happening to others all over our country.
"The good people who answer our calls for help are being denigrated and that shouldn´t be."
Oh yeah. The SWAT teams breaking in and destroying, shooting, killing, often just delivering a warrant, or attacking the wrong house? It´s nothing, right? As long as it doesn´t happen to us, nothing is wrong.
You´d better pray it´s never you.

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Reply 15 - Posted by: Bad Dog, 8/17/2014 3:44:18 PM     (No. 9969402)

Well, which came first? The chicken, or the egg?

Are not all our experiences in life collected in our minds to form and re-form the attitudes we carry with us? If, generally speaking, attitudes towards police and other LEOs is changing, perhaps that´s because the actions of the cops are changing. And perhaps their actions are changing because attitudes towards them are changing.

Come on, hos do we sort this out? Should cops give up their weaponry and defensive tools before the thugs and miscreants give up theirs? Or vice versa?

The bad guys continue to ramp up their hardware and blame it on the cops having bigger and sturdier hardware. Cops likewise.

There are those out there who want to confiscate all guns in this country. And they claim that too many bad guys have them. And they believe that many of the guns the bad guys have are stolen from us good guys. Which, maybe they are.

If the bad guys come after us, don´t we want the guys who come to our rescue to be able to do everything they can with everything they have?

Conversely, if we are suddenly redefined AS THE BAD GUYS, do we want this hardware pointed at us?

I don´t have any answers here. I´m just trying to reason out the cause and effect. Or the effect of the cause, or whatever.

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