|Does she really frighten these robocops that much?|
Police, it must be admitted, have a tough job.
I've known plenty of cops over the years, from New York City cops who were cops because their fathers and uncles and brothers were cops, to suburban cops, to undercover cops, to FBI agents, to small town cops. Women cops, men cops. Old cops, young cops. There are lots of different types of cops, but most of them shared a pretty jaded point of view of humanity. They saw the raw side of life and had to deal with some pretty insane people and some pretty stupid people and some violent nasty people and some who were all three.
The "Police Log" which runs in a the Portsmouth Herald, unadulterated, gives some insight into what cops have to deal with. My favorite posting was: "Called to see woman who claimed her neighbor called her 'obese.'"
We also know cops from "The Wire," which is the best portrait I've ever seen of cops, and matched what I saw completely, and this is no surprise since the show was created by and written by a police reporter (David Simon) and a cop (Ed Burns.)
But one thing which typifies American cops is they are different from English cops, and different from the cop on the beat so many of us knew in our youth.
Now they are the heavily armed cops who look like they are in the employ of the Empire, those robo cops with the body armor.
|His father murdered by police|
For some time, I've thought, "We'd be better off without any of these guys around. Keep them in the station house. Call them in when things really get hot."
Of course, the other problem is the station house, where cops can strip down your daughter if they drag her in for rolling through a stop sign.
And now we have murderers with badges stopping cars for broken tail lights or for no good reason at all, the real threat to life and limb today.
|Bad cops: Nothing really all that new|
We really ought to think again about how we arm our police and about what their job and their personality should be.
|Unthreatening: The Very Image of a Good Cop|
If Jefferson, Franklin, Hamilton could return today, how appalled would they be by what we allow our police to do in what they conceived as a "free" country.
If we were really worried about their safety, rather than their egos, we'd disarm our police.