Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Afraid of Cops

So, I was talking with my very good friend the other day, and we were talking about cops, and how they wield soooo much power these days, and he said something that just pretty much blew me away. It is a bad thing when our society has to be afraid of cops. The reason this blew me away, is that he was 100% right. In our society today, we are afraid of cops. Let me explain....

First of all, I have friends that like to open carry. One of them came to visit me the other day, and we went out to eat at subway. Now, I am not a big gun fan anyway, but I do believe in people's rights, so I didn't say anything about him carrying. Also he is going into the navy, so there is a little bit of military background there. Anyway, as I figured, Arvada PD showed up and very roughly escorted him out of the subway, and then discussed his right to carry. Now, the fear of cops that this article is about shows up as this. I would not open carry. I don't want the cops to show up and hassle me, even if it is my damn right to carry the damn gun. I don't want to deal with the cops if I absolutely don't have to. I believe this is a bad thing. I should not have to fear that the cops will show up, and ask me questions about why there is a sidearm on my waist, but I do.

My friend talked about the fact that he likes to go out walking at 3:00AM. He is pretty much a night owl anyway, so he is usually up at that time. He said he is constantly being stopped by the police, and being asked all sorts of questions, and instead of just saying, you know, it is my right to be out here, anytime of the day or night that I feel like walking, he gives them ID, and answers their questions. Again, he does this, because he knows, that if he asserts his rights, they will hassle him, and probably end up taking him down to jail, to at least bother him for a bit of his night. He is afraid that the cops will be bullies. That should not happen in our society, and yet it does every day.

I have said before in this little online forum, that there was a time in our society, when cops were respected. Go back to the days of the Andy Griffith show. Yes, I know it was just a TV show, but people did actually respect police officers back then, and police officers treated people with respect. I think that is what we lost. The police don't respect the citizens anymore, and as such, the citizens have lost their respect for the police. Let's take for example, when I had my little bout with viral meningitis. I was pretty mentally incapable of doing anything. I was driving down the road, making absolutely no sense on the telephone, and had an accident. Finally figuring out that there was something wrong, I tried to get to urgent care, so they could take care of me. The officer, came up behind, and threw me to the ground. He didn't try to ascertain whether there was anything wrong with me, he just wanted me in cuffs. Andy Griffith wouldn't have done that. Now I do understand that we live in a little different society all around, and that there are a lot of dangerous people out there, but it shouldn't have taken the man the 10 minutes it took him to get me to the ground, to figure out that I was having a mental break down, not some dangerous criminal. And then to charge me with resisting arrest and obstructing an officer.... Well let's just say, I don't have any respect for that officer, and that's the problem. Or at least, that's as I see it now....

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