Afternoon Links

Thursday, August 12th, 2010

Sorry I’ve been out. Migraine put me out of service for a good 36 hours.


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54 Responses to “Afternoon Links”

  1. #1 |  StevefromOhio | 

    Cop video is a brilliant example of exactly how police interactions ought to go. Cop acts as he was trained, citizen asserts rights, cop (begrudgingly) respects those rights, situation never escalates beyond a controllable situation, cop prioritizes a more pressing issue, apologies shared by both parties.

    Did the cop overreact? Absolutely. Did he have a less-than-acceptable understanding of the law? Yes. But in the end, you have to understand where he’s coming from. We all have shitty days when we explode for ill-advised reasons. Difference is, most average citizens can’t lock people in cages when they become agitated.

    Cop did nothing illegal, just really douchey, for which he offered a polite explanation and apology.

    I wish more of these situations played out the way this one did.

  2. #2 |  Steve Verdon | 

    Cop video is a brilliant example of exactly how police interactions ought to go.

    […]

    Did the cop overreact? Absolutely. Did he have a less-than-acceptable understanding of the law? Yes.

    I’m thinking these two sentences negate each other.

    But in the end, you have to understand where he’s coming from.

    I’m sick of this kind of badge licking. Please. The guy was unprofessional and abusing his authority, there is no reason to give the cop a pass.

    We all have shitty days when we explode for ill-advised reasons. Difference is, most average citizens can’t lock people in cages when they become agitated.

    Which is why “we have to understand where he is coming from” is completely and totally tone deaf.

    Cop did nothing illegal, just really douchey, for which he offered a polite explanation and apology.

    I wish more of these situations played out the way this one did.

    It is better than the way these situations typically play out, but it is still far from ideal.

  3. #3 |  Andrew Williams | 

    #40:

    If I say that I wish it had been Sarah Palin instead of Ted Stevens, does that still make me a bad person?

    Oh, and best wishes and prayers to former NASA head Sean O’Keefe and his son Kevin. However you may feel about the government funding NASA, you have to respect O’Keefe’s ability to do more with less and less $ every year.

  4. #4 |  StevefromOhio | 

    No badge licking, just noting that it could’ve ended way worse. Relative to what has become the norm, this is preferable and therefore the spread of such behavior is to be desired.

    The problem isn’t bad cop, the problem is bad training. Cops aren’t supposed to think. Police departments don’t want their officers to think; they want them to follow clearly explicated guidelines in the form of directives and orders. In turn, cops apply the same standard of behavior to ordinary citizens who haven’t been boot camped into that frame of mind.

    Clashes inevitably result, especially when the cop’s knowledge of the law is far more minimal than necessary.

    This incident shows how effective communication can be established and how that can prevent abuses of authority from worsening.

    The fact that this incident ended as well as it did is nearly a miracle, because the cop’s superiors took control of a situation he clearly messed up and managed to come to an acceptable resolution of the dispute without resorting to the use of force or further infringements on the cameraman’s civil liberties.

    Good, professional leadership from the superior officer. We should encourage this. Not the harassment, but the reaction to the harassment, which was a belated recognition on the part of the offending officer that he had behaved wrongly and an apology for that.

    Should never have happened, of course, but it was managed well once it did happen. Unless you want to see criminal charges to be filed against him, which I’m sure can be convincingly advocated, but someone else can try that.