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Should the police be expected to earn respect just like the rest of us?

June 01, 2010 By: admin Category: Societal

An interesting episode happened this Sunday at my church.

Two rows in front of me, (sitting as usually in the last row) right on the other side of the isle was sitting a very nice gray haired lady I’ve seen in the church many times before. Next to her, right by the isle was sitting a young man, somewhere in his twenties, would be my guess. Otherwise the back rows were pretty much empty.

About half way through the ceremony, the officiating elder person invited the audience to voice their praises and submit their requests for prayers.

The gray haired lady stood up and voiced praise for her son. He just graduated from Police Academy with a 92% score, she said, and was ready to enter the police force. Naturally, any mother should be proud of her son’s accomplishments. At that point I understood that the young man, visibly in perfect physical shape, with muscles ostensibly bulging under a very light shirt, was her son. Their close behavior confirmed my guess.

Shortly after the praises and prayer requests the same elder person was presenting the main Sermon. She was filling in for the main pastor and his usual replacement, both coincidentally on vacation.

In the middle of the sermon, the young man pulls up a bottle of water and drinks. Few minutes later again. Shortly after that he seemed chewing something. I was floored. In decades, I have never seen anything like this.

Ceremony over, both mother and son get up. She goes collecting the registration books, he follows her. The water bottle left under his seat in the pew. Assisting with the coffee and cookies after the ceremony outside, I almost forgot the episode. Nice discussions with other members, almost all in their 70’s and 80’s in a sunny morning. As we packed the coffee stand and I was almost at the car, I told myself, “Did he go get that bottle?” Went back to the sanctuary. The bottle was still under the seat (Fine for littering in California is $1,000).

Picked the bottle from under the seat and brought it to the mother, son, and the father (one of other church’s elders) standing by their car. I said that in 60 (ok, almost 60, ;-) years) I have never seen such a rude behavior, i.e. food in the church. That as a police officer he should have self discipline / control (if not respect) and that in my opinion he was not qualified to be a police officer. Can he handle stressful situations police has to address in confronting real danger (gangs shootouts all too common around these areas) when his personal “creature comfort” required he remains “hydrated” during an hour service in a well air conditioned church?

If dozens of seniors in their 70’s and 80’s can show respect to the institution by not drinking (and surely they look to me much more dehydrated than the young man in full physical shape) why could not / should not he? Naturally the son started showing attitude asking me if I was a police officer and the father became strongly defensive. Opinions?

By the way, bonus question: Is cop’s life more valuable than ours? (Constitution seems to be saying something about all of us being equal, in my memory serves me well)

When a police officer is killed (in line of duty), thousands of police officers usually show at his/her funeral.

However:

When police kills a citizen (Detroit PD killing a 7 years old girl http://www.twincities.com/ci_15098364?nclick_check=1

or a LAPD cruiser speeding without lights (allegedly at over 80 miles, according to our local evening news) in Venice, California, kills ((by broad-siding her car) a 25 years old young woman driving from the side street

http://blogs.laweekly.com/ladaily/city-news/lapd-suit-devin-petelski/ – nothing.

(Officers allegedly claimed in their report that they smelled alcohol on the woman in Venice (after the accident!!!). Autopsy has shown zero alcohol in the victim. Hence filing false report.

Why does not police show at the funeral in numbers to show their respect to the victims of police brutality?

Is the police being trained with way too much arrogance and attitude and conditioned (brainwashed) into believing that they are always right and that no matter what, the system (and their partners) will always cover for them? Myths of “heroic” Judge Dredd, Dirty Harry, John McClane, etc.

The young man in my story, although barely graduated, seems to be already showing some rather disturbing characteristics (sense of “superiority”) of the entire police system. Is it limited to the United States?

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1 Comments to “Should the police be expected to earn respect just like the rest of us?”


  1. Incredible … as God (George Burns in film) said “I never had much use for organized religion”.

    This extensive ramble tends to validate the “organized” part … my understanding is that most Brands of the Organized type promote understanding and forgiveness. It would seem that the Brand to which Jaroslav refers teaches “be your brothers’ watchdog”. (aka kick ass and take names)

    Question: We know about the water and eating … What was the topic of the Sermon?

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