Jacksnow wrote:Honestly, I used to work with a lot of cops. (Former EMT)
They're all a high stress somewhat paranoid group of folks. (I'll concede they have to be where I was) (Don't go to Oakland. Fallujah Iraq is safer)
Honestly they're at their most paranoid for day to day when doing traffic stops. They're giving you a clear line of sight. They have a predictable route and they have to be next to you in a position where you can outdraw them if you chose to.
All in all they're a decent group of people trying their hardest to stop crimes. Are there "Bad" officers. Yes. But lately the media has done such an effective job of using the bad to hammer in that it's US vs THEM in subtle ways that most don't notice. We all assume the worst. and honestly most of the time we see a cop is when they're interacting with us for a traffic stop. To a scared kid who just saw a crime, by the time we got there the kids already hiding next to the cop.
From personal experience in a riot. A Riot officer in gear is a fantastic sight to behold when you're cut off and hurt.
Maybe it's just my perception but when I think of a riot officer in gear, I'm thinking he's ready to pound the living hell out of me for daring to exercise the supposed "right" of free speech I have for daring to speak out against "the regime" which screws us all over. That's the image I get. And the guy who pulls you over to shake you down for money because he's got a revenue quota to meet, and while he's at it decides to search your vehicle while trying to shield you from seeing what his buddies are doing. (I suppose we are lucky they don't plant dope in it and "find" that, though that happens too).
That's what I see. I see the criminals just with a badge, but in the end both are going to screw you over royally and it won't matter whether they had a badge or not at that point.
I try to avoid them the same as I do the criminals. Contact with either group will not result in anything positive.