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Tuesday, November 13, 2007

What bugs me about cops

Take a look at this story and see if you can spot the glaring hypocrisy:
A police officer has been reprimanded for accidentally discharging a Taser, causing an injury -- to the police officer.

Madison police released a report Monday on the July 31 incident, without revealing the officer's name or gender. The department said the Taser accidentally discharged during a standard checkout procedure.
Had that same Taser been used on an 82-year-old woman, a sleeping homeowner, or an inquisitive college student, the cop in question would have been given a free pass and praised by "law and order conservatives."

Now, I know that not every cop runs around zapping people for fun. But the fact that those few rogue cops usually get off without so much as a slap on the wrist should bother every law-abiding citizen.


Anonymous said...

But I am sure that you sleep very well at night knowing that we are here keeping you safe so you can. By the way you are welcome

Lee Shelton said...

When you stumble upon a blog because it contains words like "cops" and "Taser," it might help to read the post in context. Why ignore the main point and simply make condescending remarks? Or do you not have a problem with the unnecessary force used by some of your fellow officers?

But your comment has me wondering...

By "here," do you mean right outside my door, scaring off would-be intruders? By "safe," do you mean showing up in time to prevent a crime from taking place? By "you are welcome," are you implying that I failed to thank you for something you have done for me personally?

What arrogance! I'm going out on a limb here, but I would guess that, in a town of roughly 38,000 people, the tickets you've written for minor infractions far outnumber the violent criminals you've arrested.

By the way, "anonymous," how long have you worked for the Lewiston Police Department? What's your badge number? I live in Minnesota, not Maine, so how exactly are you keeping me safe?

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