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
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
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 inhuman.
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 of brutality.
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 national
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
(Polybius was a Greek statesman and historian,
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
B. A police officer could be accidentally tased during
C. Use of the Taser will not produce bruises;
contusions; lacerations; bleeding and broken bones
which could better support an allegation of police
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 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
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 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 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
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