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 brutality.
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,
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 observations.
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
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 destroying you.
“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 really...?
"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
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
"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 me, Bro!"
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
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
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
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 police
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
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 homage.
|Copyright © 2015 Barry M. Baker
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