The debate "Police officers are our friends and are there to help." was started by
May 24, 2015, 11:13 pm.
72 people are on the agree side of this discussion, while 26 people are on the disagree side.
That might be enough to see the common perception.
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I can't stand people who hate police officers. I would like to give them a slap and say you ignorant f*** thank these people. America's problem is the police it's guns
police officers are people. some are heros. some a pieces of shit. most are just doing their jobs like anyone else.
Police officers are always for us
Unless you're black
police officers are just doing their job and enforcing the laws that the government set, don't blame them for doing their job if it's the government you have a problem with
Depending on where you are gay marriage and abortion are legal. Polygamy is illegal (in many places) for the same reason gay marriage and abortion are/were, because the majority of the population in the USA belong to a religion that prohibits it and so politicians don't want to alienate voters by changing the laws.
As to sex between teenagers, as children grow, their brains develop. There is a great deal of research showing that in teenagers the part of the brain that thinks about consequences to actions is not fully developed. That is why children and teens can't vote, drive, drink or have sex. By providing these thing, we can try to limit permanent repercussions that they did not think through (pregnancy, fatal car accidents, etc).
So do you accept polygamy? Do you accept gay marriage? Do you accept abortion? Sex between teenagers? Because I can't see how these thing can break the harmony of any society.
We peacefully accept laws because without them, society would be chaos and could not function. It doesn't matter what its original intention was, the job of the police now is to serve the people and enforce the law. I would argue that the police do care about the people they serve - they are not forced to do it, if they decide to become an officer they must feel some sort of desire to serve the community.
Police wasn't created to prevent citizens to commit crimes among themselves. It's original purpose was to secure the power of a king and so was religion.
The laws that came after were regulated by these institutions for a single reason: they represented the power of the ruler. They were his hands. So police doesn't care if your neighbor is gonna murder you, its duty is to impose the law, a law you peacefully accept because it's reinforced by religion.
I can see that. If you live under an authoritarian government, the police will be less of a friend if the people and more of a tool of the government. That is why I added where my perspective came from.
You are right, most of the criticism of police I hear is from people in the USA. There keeps being news about racism and abuse, but it is hard to tell how widespread that is, and how much of it is incidents that the media blows out of proportion for the ratings. That's why I wanted to hear from real people. I have never seem police hassling someone for their race, but that doesn't mean it doesn't happen. It just means it hasn't happened to my friends (or at least not while I am around).
Worldwide police officers are there to in force laws but in a few countries these laws do not help people but help keep them from rising to power police are there like the army to keep defend the government yes there are laws that help but a lot of the time the little man loses so I am not saying police aren't friends I am saying the laws they in forces aren't friendly.
It depends on where you live.
They are simply all corrupt. The whole world is.
I am also from Canada, the worst I had was a officer trying to be a jerk to my father one winter. A sign that said "no" something. I can't remember. The sign was entirely covered in snow. my father was given a ticket. He brang it to court and won anyway. But I agree 99% of cops are good cops.
I don't know about Canada, but I suspect that much of the criticism of the police force you hear is in reference to America.
Fair enough. Let me begin by saying that I respect the police. From my experience, they are simply normal people as you and I, helping to enforce laws and keep the community safe. 99% of cops are good people. But every so often, someone commits an error, or does something so terrible it taints the entire force unfairly.
Some of our has to do with today's culture. Especially amongst teenagers as I, the idea that cops are out to 'ruin fun' or that they are 'looking for reasons to bust people' is somewhat prevalent. It's in the music, it's in the culture. Much of rap tells stories of the police and how they are unjust, or stupid, or useless idiots who are good for nothing. Observe NWA's "F*ck the Police", or even many modern rap songs by Lil Wayne, etc. It seems to me that in general, people are beginning to view the police force as pathetic, and the respect for them has declined.
Then, of course, you have the incidents in Ferguson, in Staten Island, in Carolina, in Baltimore. The officers actions in Ferguson to me are justifiable, perhaps not as much in Staten Island or Baltimore. Regardless, there is a population which seems to jump to perhaps false conclusions about the intent of the police force. The actions of the cop in Carolina warranted him a murder charge. That does not mean that every other cop in the force is a racist bigot , as some seem eager to conclude.
Bottom Line is, where I live in New England, the police are honest people who risk their own lives to protect those of others. And they will do it regardless of your race. In a country of laws, someone needs to enforce them or else they are useless. To me at least, the cops aren't a force to be feared.
I grew up hearing that police officers were our friends and we're there to help if I was ever in trouble and, despite one speeding ticket, I have never had a personal experience that changed that. I am white and from Canada, and that may be part of it but from watching the news, and learning about some things that have not made the news, I started wondering, how many people still feel that way and how many now feel that they need to be afraid of the police?
If you aren't comfortable sharing a personal story, that's fine, I just wondered how the cross section of people on this app from various places felt about law enforcement.