your most dangerous enemies...
When you become a police officer, you're
going to run into a lot of dangerous people,
but your most dangerous enemies will be
those people who think they know
everything about everything. When it
comes to the actions you take as a police
officer, you can be attacked by these types
at any time.
You're beginning your police career at a
time unique to any other. Never before
have the "cop haters" had so many ways to
dispense their pseudo expertise. The
Internet, newspapers, and 24 hour news
have brought information sharing to a level
never before realized. The Internet allows
views to be voiced on anything by
anybody...even competent and informed
views by those actually possessing real
expertise on a subject. You could say that
the Internet is the only truly democratic
institution in existence.
When it comes to newspapers and television
news, the truth and accuracy about anything
is always going to be presented only after it
goes through the sieve of political
correctness. While one would think that
video of an actual event would serve to
accurately depict that event, it's not so with
those police videos labeled as police
Remember this...any use of force by a police
officer, no matter how minor or justified, can
be labeled as police brutality. The
University of Florida video is proof that
there's a serious shortage of videos
depicting real police brutality.
Webster's Dictionary defines brutality as a
"savage, cruel, and inhuman act."
Let's make this simple with a clear example
of police brutality:
You've just arrested a man, and he's lying
on his stomach with his hands cuffed behind
his back. He's shouting insults and just
being generally obnoxious, but he's not
making any movement. Tired of listening to
his insults, you walk over to him and kick
him once in the head.
I know...it's a no brainer. The act you just
committed is clearly, savage, cruel, and
Here's what you have to remember. You're
entering a profession where you will, from
time to time, be required to employ violence
to resist and subdue violence. As long as
the violence you employ is not gratuitous
and unnecessary, you'll never commit an act
Police brutality has become such an
overused term that the smarter cop haters
have toned down their shrill condemnations
by using the more benign and vague term,
"excessive force." This transformation
hasn't done anything to help their
perceptions, but it has given them wider
latitude in explaining their more ridiculous
The worst critics you'll encounter will be
those who have absolutely no personal
experience at physically subduing another
human being who doesn't want to be
subdued. Sadly, many of the critics will be
intelligent, highly educated, and verifiable
experts in their own professions.
It's all just about power and politics. The
police officer is a highly visible symbol of
authority and indispensable for social order.
You'll find that your most vociferous critics
will be individuals with power in their own
right, but they don't individually possess the
power of physical force over others that you
do. This is the thing they despise most
about you. Just the thought that they might
be subject to the commands of a police
officer is anathema to them. You should
also notice that these critics are most vocal
when their own political and social agendas
are not being implemented whether those
agendas be on a local or national level.
Because you are such a visible symbol of
power, you'll always be at risk of becoming a
pond for those who want to change the
political order of things. The only thing you
can do to protect yourself from the know
nothing experts is to perform your duties as
professionally as possible. When it comes
to using force, use the amount you must, and
only that amount. Being right won't protect
you from criticism, but being right will, in
most instances, prevent the cop haters from
“Monarchy degenerates into
tyranny, aristocracy into
oligarchy, and democracy into
savage violence and chaos” ~
(Polybius was a Greek statesman and
historian, c.203-122 BCE)
Which of the following statements best
describes most critics' objections to the
use of a Taser to subdue an individual?
A. Use of the Taser will cause pain to the
person being subdued.
B. A police officer could be accidentally
tased during the arrest.
C. Use of the Taser will not produce
bruises; contusions; lacerations; bleeding
and broken bones which could better
support an allegation of police brutality.
D. Use of the Taser is not a politically
correct application of force.
Your critics will always present themselves
as protectors of democracy, but are they
"The only terrorist most Americans will ever
encounter is a policeman with a badge,
nightstick, mace and Taser."
"They threw him to the floor and tasered him
right in front of Senator Kerry and the large
student audience, who captured on video the
unquestionable act of police brutality. Meyer was
carted off and jailed on a phony charge of
"disrupting a public event."
I am continually amazed how a lot of
intellectually smart people define police
brutality. Of course, a lot of the criticism is
based entirely in ideology, politics and near
total ignorance of the elements of force.
"Their suspension was simply an act of
contrition at the alter of political
correctness. The officers were
subsequently reinstated after a
sufficient period of homage."
~ Barry M. Baker
Dr. Roberts is an American economist,
author and blogger. His views regarding
police officers are obvious.
Dr. Robert's statement, "...unquestionalbe
act of police brutality" refers to an incident
that occurred at the University of Florida
where Secretary of State John Kerry - then
Senator John Kerry - was delivering a
speech to students of the University.
Andrew Meyer, a fourth year undergraduate
student became famous, for a while, through
his behavior on that occasion and his
frequently reported sound bite, "Don't tase
I can't help but wonder why a person with
Paul Craig Robert's intellectual
accomplishments would use the ridiculous
performance of "wanna be famous" Andrew
Meyer as an example of police brutality.
Here's a perfect lesson for you on the
subject of perception. Dr. Roberts watched
the video of Meyer's act, and he saw an
"unquestionable act of police brutality." I
watched the same tape, and I saw a perfect
textbook example of resisting arrest.
When it comes to the accusation of
brutality...that's just simply laughable.
When it comes to the use of the Taser, I'm
sure you've seen videos where you've
questioned its use...particularly at the point
when it's used.
I know I have; however, in Meyer's case,
there's no question that use of the Taser
was justified. Sure...there were four police
officers. They could have twisted Meyer
into knots; until, they got both wrists close
enough together to affix handcuffs.
Let's say the officers had passed on the
Taser, and they used physical force to
handcuff Meyer. First, the event would
have lasted longer, and Meyer would have
been screaming, as though in severe pain,
the entire time. Second, Meyer's continuing
resistance could have -- hopefully from the
critics' perspective -- resulted in physical
injury to Meyer. Had Meyer
sustained...say...a dislocated shoulder or a
fractured wrist or finger(s), the critics,
including Dr. Roberts, would have been
ecstatic. Of course, any physical injury
sustained by one of the police officers would
have been unimportant and a mere
distraction from this "unquestionable act of
But...let's not forget that the officers,
according to Dr. Roberts, unlawfully
arrested Meyer for a "phony charge of
disrupting a public event." When the loud
and obviously disruptive Meyer surged
forward toward Senator John Kerry, I
suppose Dr. Roberts believes the police
officers should have stood by and done
nothing. After all, there are plenty of videos
out there showing university police officers
doing just that when loud and disruptive
students charge after speakers in these so
called "academic settings."
Personally, I'd like to have seen Senator
Kerry handle Meyer on his own. After all,
Senator Kerry is a self avowed hero, and
he's perfectly capable of protecting himself.
Okay, I'm being sarcastic. I would have
blocked Meyer's advance exactly as those
police officers did.
Knowing what we now know about Andrew
Meyer, I doubt that he would have posed
any actual physical danger to the Senator.
However, Meyer is a big guy, and there's no
doubt in my mind that, left to his advances,
he would have physically dominated and
humiliated the Senator. While I, personally,
would have found Meyer's domination and
humiliation of Senator Kerry entertaining, I,
as a police officer, would have never given
Meyer the opportunity to do so.
Make no mistake...these university police
officers acted properly and with restraint.
However, that didn't stop the University of
Florida from suspending two of the police
officers pending an investigation. What
investigation? Their suspension was simply
an act of contrition at the alter of political
correctness. The officers were subsequently
reinstated after a sufficient period of
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