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Friday, June 14, 2019

Footage of a Phoenix police officer telling a 22-year-old man, "I'm gonna put a ------- cap in your ------- head" has sparked backlash against a department already reeling from the revelation last week of racist social media posts from officers.

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There is a longer video, but it's just more of what you see here.

Cop is threatening to kill a young mother because she won't put a kid who can't walk down on blacktop that's been baking under the desert sun.

All of this because one of the kids stole from a Family Dollar or Dollar Tree or whatever.

"Justified. Horrible, but justified."

Right, guys?

#1 | Posted by MrSilenceDogood at 2019-06-14 02:54 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 2


Why does it seem that police officers are trained to escalate a situation instead of trying to defuse it?

When I've asked that question in other fora, the response I received the most was, Iraqi veterans joined the police force and they are falling back to their military training. So I ask other veterans, and they say military training does not result in that, that the problem is "bullies with a badge."

What is going on here? How can we fix this?

#2 | Posted by LampLighter at 2019-06-14 10:24 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Some police departments are too broken to fix with show-and-tell presentations. There have to be disciplinary suspension and firings to get any message across. Start with the chief; and if he/she won't co-operate, fire him/her. Then order him/her to get his/her subordinates in line. I promise you, burning a few watch commanders or precinct commanders will get everybody's attention!

#3 | Posted by john47 at 2019-06-14 12:27 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

#2 I asked an ex cop once and he said he was trained to escalate in increments as gaining full compliance is priority 1.

You ratchet up force until compliance is gained. It seems some of the problem is many cops are simply skipping the lesser force steps and going straight to the top shelf.

#4 | Posted by jpw at 2019-06-14 01:23 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

Some towns look better from the air.

#5 | Posted by LesWit at 2019-06-14 03:56 PM | Reply

I blame the heat.

Phoenix is just too hot!! Your car becomes an oven and kills and melts anything left inside and can literally burn you if you touch it.

That is just ludicrous. I'd rather live someplace where i might have to chip ice and wear an extra sweater than have to live in someplace like Phricking Phoenix. (No offense intended to Phoenicians)

#6 | Posted by donnerboy at 2019-06-14 06:32 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

#2 | Posted by LampLighter

It's not training so much as the personality types... Just saying.

#7 | Posted by GalaxiePete at 2019-06-14 06:56 PM | Reply

#2

I can think of a few ways, mostly related to who gets hired. The current criteria appear to be: hyper-authoritarian, "conservative," no recreational drug history and no record. That's a pretty limited pool, and it excludes quite a large swath of the population.

We change the nature of who we hire, we change the behavior of police. Not a trivial thing to accomplish.

#8 | Posted by chuffy at 2019-06-14 07:25 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

#7 the personality types would only feel comfortable acting this way if they knew they could get away with it.

Thanks boot lickers.

#9 | Posted by jpw at 2019-06-15 01:35 AM | Reply

The police profession attracts horrible people - people who want to command respect and be feared, people with commando fantasies, brainwashed ex military mercenaries, people who are willing to unjustly ruin the lives of the innocent, and people too stupid to get a better job.

Given the at fact, plus the power they are given, they should be the most highly scrutinized professionals in public service.

#10 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2019-06-15 04:49 PM | Reply

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