Anyone who reads even a few of my articles — and perhaps is privy to things I’ve said about cops elsewhere — will almost certainly know that I’m not a cop-worshiper. Harder to discern is the fact that I’m not really a cop-hater, either.
There are a number of reasons why its harder to determine that I’m not a cop-hater, not the least of which is that if I’m talking about cops, it’s almost always because of something bad that they’ve done. And when I talk about cops acting badly, I’m pretty harsh in my assessment of how they should be handled.
I’ve said before — and meant it — that if a crowd of people is gathered around a cop beating the crap out of a citizen, there is something wrong with that crowd if they don’t step in to stop it. If it means overpowering the cop, and if the cop gets hurt in the process, then that — in my opinion — is something the cop brought on himself by making himself the judge, jury, and potential executioner of the citizen he was beating.
Thus, at first glance, anyway, it might appear that I’m a cop-hater, and that I would not be in agreement with what Scott Greenfield recently wrote. One might reasonably wonder whether I agreed with another person I admire in a related post. Your first glance at my comments regarding cops acting badly would certainly make you think I could never agree with the ex-cop-turned-law-student who wrote this on Scott’s blog post.
Your first glance would not be quite right, however. [Read more...]