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Jesus. Nobody should ever call the cops for anything unless they need deadly force to be applied to stop something worse from happening. This mother - of course she is white - was such a fool. Has she not any of the endless stream of “police killed an unarmed black person” stories over the last decade? Or even the recent “police killed an unarmed person who wasn’t even black but was experiencing a mental problem” stories that now periodically supplement the unarmed black person stories, I guess in an effort by police departments to prove “see we’re not racist - we’ll overreact to anyone of any race on our 911 calls.” Ugh I hope she wins her lawsuit but that mother is a very naive person who probably should not be raising any children with her lack of awareness of the world she’s living in.

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Austrian, by the way, is white.

Of course she is. I spent the entire time it took to read this article before I got to that sentence wondering wtf kind of naive simpleton a Black woman would have to be to call the cops on her developmentally disabled child because he committed a minor crime and was being stroppy about it.

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You'd think "not dehumanizing people at the drop of a hat" would be an obvious item on the agenda, and even a point of honor, for "law enforcement professionals." But again and again, we see that for too many of them, it is neither.

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Never call the police. They won't help you and are liable to kill you.

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I would NEVER call the cops for ANYTHING my neighbors or passersby might or might not be doing, UNLESS I felt personally threatened or my personal property was being damaged or stolen. This means essentially NEVER!

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The cops don't need you, and buddy they expect the same.

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I'm sure this has been said downstream but I'll get it off my chest. One of the greatest changes I've seen in police work over the years is the militarization of America's police forces, wherein they act not like sworn to the "protect and serve" approach to policing but as occupying forces equipped to handle large-scale military operations with weaponry and vehicles to suit that task. And with a sense of this mentality when they approach a situation.

Some of this has been thrust upon them, to be sure. When outgunned and unprotected by body armor when up against criminal behaviors, the demand was natural to gain firepower and protection. The recruitment of military retirees has probably been a factor, although not all in the military are of that mentality. The attitudes and weaponry to match have escalated in a spiral process that does away with protect-and-serve attitudes which have been replaced by us-versus-them feelings.

I don't have an answer. Police are necessary. I had hoped that the trend toward hiring college-educated and criminal justice schooled police would mitigate some of these sad developments but I don't see that happening, at least yet. When my dad (36 years a policeman on a large suburban department) served there were very few with college degrees or even much beyond high school. Dad took college courses and advanced in the department and I hoped that those coming along, whom we helped train, would be better.

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No. Cops now are Neanderthal sociopaths. Any 'good cop' is threatened/traumatized/eliminated if they threaten to reveal any of the 'thin blue line' Mafia secrets. This has been the case forever, but it is now infinitely worse. Nothing will be done, ever, until the damage settlements for endless police murders, rapes, and assaults come out of COP PENSIONS and COP RETIREMENTS and COP BONUSES.

Cops never needed nor deserved ridiculous military weaponry and vehicles; 'the war on drugs' which you so obliquely refer to has been a catastrophic, endlessly-documented disaster costing uncounted zillions.

#ACAB. PERIOD.

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Tempus, I understand the attitude but, like branding all old people as Trumpers, I don't think it is correct to call all cops Neanderthal sociopaths. In my work here (Yeah, I'm 87 but I still work) I deal with three police agencies in this small city. The state police are very business-like but I don't find them particularly threatening or in any way sociopathic. The city police are quite of the "protect and serve" mentality although I have not dealt with all of them by any means. The sheriff's department has a militarist, bullying attitude and a sheriff who conveys that sense to the community and evidently to those under him.

Police pay is quite good in the larger departments and I hope that by attracting (and requiring) college degrees for all new recruits the changes in department attitudes will gradually take over, especially in the urban and more densely populated suburban communities. Some of them will, however, never change, often due to the leadership of departments. Some sheriffs in particular consider themselves untouchable and belligerent; I ran into too many of those in Florida when we were there for many years, and if they were my only examples I'd agree with you.

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Steroid-addled cops are easy to spot...look for extremely developed delts, lats, and pecs. The roid-rage is scary to behold, even from across the street. Within fifty feet, YOU may become involuntarily involved.

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There is no evidence that old people are *all* MAGAturd dRUMPf supporters.

There, however, is endless evidence of the Reichwing bent of most to all cops, ranging from their frequent membership in Nazi/white supremacist online groups to their support of Rapeublicunts and fascist governments to their obsession with guns to their homophobia, misogyny, and racism--and most of all as regards their views of murder by cop as justifiable homicide. It goes with the job now, and cops are more and more hyperfascist with each passing hour. It isn't my job to cite the literally boundless reams of evidence for each statement I've made here; you are free to ignore those reams of evidence, but not to deny their existence.

The last time I saw a 'protect and serve' cop was thirty-five or forty years ago. I never expect to meet/see one again.

We clearly agree on nothing about cops. Have a good day.

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That we disagree is obvious and part of being human. That you believe all evidence supports your position makes a reasonable discussion somewhat difficult. Take care and stay safe.

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That you insist on misconstruing and lying about my position makes any adult discussion impossible. I cited endless evidence supporting my position; I'm so sorry the truth is so painful for you. Nowhere did I say ALL evidence supports my position. Clearly, though, being wrong AND being refuted wounds you to the core of your being. LOL

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O, yea, Elijah McLain, the dangerous violinist...

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The police are no longer what they should be which is local peace keepers. They have become a hostile occupation army, yet they are presented to us as some sort of super heroes, demigods whose immediate demands must be complied with completely without reservation under penalty of physical harm or even death. I'm an old white guy with absolutely NO criminal offenses, and I'm scared to death of them I can't begin to imagine what it must be like to be a young Black man with a conviction of a minor crime or two. This situation is so WRONG that I can't find words strong enough to describe it

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The police are no longer what they should be which is local peace keepers. They have become a hostile occupation army, yet they are presented to us as some sort of super heroes, demigods whose immediate demands must be complied with completely without reservation under penalty of physical harm or even death. I'm an old white guy with absolutely NO criminal offenses, and I'm scared to death of them I can't begin to imagine what it must be like to be a young Black man with a conviction of a minor crime or two. This situation is so WRONG that I can't find words strong enough to describe it

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👏 Excellent work, BPD!! Now the white community has no trust in you, either!! There are no worlds left to conquer so STAND DOWN you power mad asswipes!! 🤬

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founding

Jesus fucking christ.

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I raised my kids in a small, very white town - it's a bit more diverse now, but while they were growing up, there were one Black family, one Filipino family, and three Chinese families in town, and that's it.

My daughter "developed" early, as they say, and was starting to hear a lot of sexual innuendo shouted at her as she walked home from school, when she was about twelve. She came to me about it, we talked to the principal of her school - all the boys were from her school - and he said there was nothing he could do, as it was outside school property. However, he suggested that with what he knew about these kids, making a police report would maybe be helpful in letting them know this was totally unacceptable. I talked it over with my daughter and she decided that she was willing.

So we talked to the cops (RCMP), making it very clear that we were not interested in actually pressing charges, but felt that a visit from the cops stressing how much trouble they could get in to, might be helpful. Cops agreed, went and talked to the kids and their parents, and my daughter was a minor celeb for a couple weeks - "Don't mess with her, she'll call the cops on you!" and all in all it was a success. She still feels that way, all these years later. By high school, those boys didn't hold a grudge any longer.

And this is a perfect example of the kind of white, small town, respected citizen privilege that very few people have access to. Mom in this case clearly thought that she was living in the little Mayberry I brought my kids up in, and that's a dangerous thought for most people to have. Because hardly anyone does. That was twenty years ago - I would handle it differently now, even if I still lived in that little town.

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I think the BFD summarizes the position of the BPD...

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"...underscoring the racist OVERtones of these “diagnostic features.” "

fify.

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$10 million is not enough.

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Why do paramedics have ketamine?

Is that insane? That seems insane.

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See earlier (only 3 comments down on the webpage!) comment by "weeooaficionado", who is a paramedic.

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Oh he's Black! Well the cops had to do it, his brown skin just made the cops wild out! Can't be helped in America!

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