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                                                      Editorial For January 2015  

                                                           Regarding The Police

WE seriously doubt that any visitor needs to be brought up to speed regarding the situation in America today that might be referred to as “less than favorable sentiment by a segment of our society toward law enforcement”. It is quite obvious, it is in the news, and it is receiving a lion’s share of attention (in some cases, encouragement).

More so than the majority of private citizens, we have over the years had considerable contact with police officers in a variety of departments and agencies —— at the city, state, and federal levels. We are not a police officer, and we have never been a police officer, but we knew and know a lot of cops. We’ve trained a lot of them (we were once the Washington State Director of the American Society of Law Enforcement Trainers). We are a certified “defensive tactics” and firearms instructor, and we do understand more about how police officers think and what they do —— and, we dare say, why they do it —— than do most private citizens.

We offer now what is our personal opinion based upon decades of experience and observation.

Law enforcement is a field, like any other, that suffers from the presence of a few entirely unsuitable persons in its ranks. The bad apples cause trouble all out of proportion to their numbers, and good police officers (who we insist are the majority) suffer severely for the deeds of the bad ones.

The statistically average decent citizen has very little direct contact with police officers. Hence, when he does have contact, the individual officer with whom he interacts becomes, for all intents and purposes, “the police”. A department may have hundreds or thousands of officers; yet that department will be judged by any given contactee on the basis of  the conduct of whichever individual officer he meets. People generalize. Add to that fact the reality that nearly all citizen contacts with law enforcement are hardly pleasant social affairs. Not even for the person who calls the police; for who calls 911 just to engage in small talk and chat about “how things are going”?

Contact with police is normally an unpleasant, tense, even nerve-wracking experience for most private citizens. And the necessary impersonal, serious, matter-of-fact and wary demeanor of a responding officer hardly helps to break the ice! People don’t understand why the officer is that way. They only know, all too often, that they are speaking to an armed, powerful authority figure who doesn’t appear to be too friendly.

Still, when the officer conducts himself properly —— being fully respectful but no less professional, and refraining from using any more than whatever measure of authority he needs to bring to bear, and —— when necessary —— whatever degree of force a situation may legitimately call for, he will not alienate reasonable citizens. The citizens may not “enjoy” the contact and interaction that they had with the police, but neither will they resent or hate the officer for the way he handled the situation.

The plain and simple truth is: The majority of police officers do their job well, do not abuse their authority, and do not want to. Yet this majority goes virtually unnoticed by the media and — invariably — unrecognized by those whose agenda it is to foment discord and to fan the fires of hatred against duly constituted authority. The decent people who experience proper police conduct rarely if ever make mention or take note of it, because they are simply happy that the whole situation that required police presence in the first place is over!

So . . . the perennial gap between the good people and the police, and the ease by which disaffected troublemakers can instigate protests, demonstrations, riots, vandalism, and physical violence against the police.

To treat a minority prejudicially and scornfully because a small number of  that minority behave badly is unfair and wrong. And this is, perhaps in some instances unwittingly, what all too many of the private citizens of our Nation are doing when they “protest” the police in general.

Parading in a mob and chanting that you want “dead cops” is a disgusting thing to do. Encouraging lunatics to “kill cops” is despicable and evil. As to why this is permitted today we cannot say. But it is going on. The first amendment to the Constitution does not permit anyone to incite violence and murder. And while, even if they are wrong, protesters do have a right to lodge complaints and to peacefully state that they are dissatisfied with a police department’s policy, or with the conduct of its officers, or perhaps with the specific conduct of a particular officer, they do not have the right to call for murder to be committed, or to cause the destruction of property or to riot, commit arson, throw firebombs, or shoot at officers. When, by default of the criminal justice system and because of police administrative weakness and negligence they are led to believe that they do have these rights, we get that which we are getting today.

We despise the abuses of police power and authority wherever and whenever they arise. But the majority of police officers do not commit these acts, or wish to commit them. They want to do their jobs, and they want to go home at the end of their tour. They are human beings. They have families. They have hopes and dreams, just like others. They deserve the support of their communities. The few rotten apples deserve to be arrested and imprisoned. But damning all for the sake of some achieves nothing good.

A demoralized police department cannot and will not serve the community well.

The truth is that no one tends to be too interested in reporting all of the good things that the many thousands of officers do, every day. In every village, town, and city in America, 24 hours a day, police are on the job. But, with rare exception, it is only when one or another officer does his job poorly that he receives mention. Otherwise, the deeds of America’s police go chiefly unnoticed. And then there is this . . .

Rushes to judgment, by people who lack the knowledge and experience to judge intelligently, concerning those unfortunate instances when police must resort to varying levels of force in order to stop violent misdemeanants or felons.

Once again, we readily acknowledge (and vigorously condemn) all acts of unnecessary force that some unfit members of law enforcement generate against citizens. But these situations are — despite media prioritizing of these events whenever they do occur — exceptions to the manner in which officers normally employ force options, when they need to use force, at all.

Most cops would rather not use force. After all, not having to engage in violence makes the officer’s job easier and safer! If only for purely selfish reasons, reasonable and professional officers prefer to handle matters quietly and peacefully.

When force does need to be employed it is not always completely clear from other eyewitnesses to the event, from video surveillance, or even from one’s own distance observation of what occurs if one happens to be on the spot at the time, precisely what transpired between officer and suspect, or what triggered the officer’s decision to take whatever action he took at the time. Remember that the officer is right there. It is he and not the onlooker that must decide —— often in a fraction of a second —— what to do. Officers can get killed (and some have been) by hesitating; by giving the benefit of the doubt, and by  attempting to verbally persuade after the time has come to physically stop. Every day patrol officers must take the defensive when they approach unknown persons. The offender gets the first move! This makes the cop’s job potentially super-dangerous. It is, to anyone with common sense, very obvious that when stopped by a police officer, being courteous, calm, physically passive, soft-spoken, non-argumentative, and —— when and if he gives a lawful directive —— obedient, is basic and required conduct of the sensible private citizen. If you aim a firearm at a police officer, attack him and punch him in the eye, spit at him, threaten to kill him and then make a sudden, suspicious move, you not only will, but you deserve to be, stopped forthwith —— by whatever degree of force the officer feels he must use at the moment to save himself. (It might be suggested that it is wise to teach children this, instead of teaching them to “take no s—t from a cop” or to run away, or to physically attack when approached by law enforcement, etc.).

The overwhelming majority of police officers do the best that they can to carry out their mission of protecting the public. We personally would like to see police officers cultivating more friendships with people in the private sector, and vice versa. This would certainly help to increase awareness amongst the populace of the police officer’s situation, and to increase understanding amongst the police of how and why citizens feel and react toward their uniformed protectors the way they do.

In any case all decent citizens have an obligation to oppose the subverting of public respect for law enforcement that the lower elements of our society are endeavoring to foster. That is not the solution to whatever injustices occasionally are committed by rogue police officers.

When we were growing up in the 1950’s we were taught that “The police officer is our friend.” And, indeed, he truly was. But what must be reiterated now because few seem to be aware of it, is that in the majority of cases, he still is.

                                                                                              Bradley J. Steiner

Postscript: The following is an extract from an email sent to us by an active duty police officer with an Arizona department, He is a 20+ year veteran, and his service includes patrol and SWAT assignments. Please read and consider the statistics that he provides ………

“ . . . It is also a fact that less than 3% of the, literally millions, of police contacts result in police use of force and less than 1% of those end up in any type of substantiated unnecessary or excessive use of force.  Also, of the less than 3% of cases that result in police use of force, less than 1% of those result in the use of deadly physical force. Basically, over 99% of police contacts do NOT end up in the use of deadly force.   Another statistic that the media chooses to ignore is that less than 1% of police misconduct allegations are found to be substantiated by the evidence, or lack thereof, when a complaint is filed and investigated. . .”



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