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More Attention on Police State Attitude

August 10, 2008

innocent until proved guilty

innocent until proved guilty

Perhaps you remember the police attack last week on a mayor’s home without apology. It is good thing for America that the police made the mistake they did so that this issue could be highlighted for America to see. Bad police attitudes don’t just affect criminals, they affect the nation. We have been conveniently ignoring the blight as the police continue to abuse the law and the rights of American citizens, even with the use of tasers.

Police brutality is nothing new, but the appearance and opportunity for abuse has been increasing over the years. A relatively large portion of abuse complaints filed by citizens often fall on the same police officers. Police are limited to reasonable force, which varies depending on the situation. That is why respect and care must be taken when dealing with citizens. This takes a special kind of person to do an officer’s job. Excessive force and outright abuse of citizens and the law easily transcends civil and humans rights abuses, whether police are called out for it or not.

The Prince George’s County police wouldn’t even offer an apology until the major called for an FBI investigation. They then cleared the couple of involvement in the drug scheme they were investigating and expressed relunctant regret.

“We lost our family dogs,” mayor Cheye Calvo said last Thursday. “We did it at the hands of sheriff’s deputies who burst through our front door, rifles blazing.” While he was being held, Calvo said, he told the police he is the town’s mayor, but they didn’t believe him. “They told a detective I was crazy.” Police said the scheme involved shipping drugs to unsuspecting people’s homes and intercepting the packages.

Undoubtedly, the fact that police stormed into the home and callously shot two dogs didn’t sit well with most people. Americans have come to care more for animals than the plight of many people. However, the death of the dogs and the abuse of the mayor and his mother-in-law is a testimony to all the worst that is happening in law enforcement today.

It has been concluded by the Prince George police that Ms. Tomsic and the Calvo family were innocent victims of drug traffickers. They were also victims of the local police force using inappropriate action and force to ply an arrest.

Many times and perhaps more often than not, the police do a reasonable job enduring all kinds of hardship to deal with the public. Often, the blight of city living and bad attitudes changes the officers into a kind of unfeeling gestapo police raid. The drug addicts and other criminals don’t get much attention. Average citizens are often ignored, but city mayors often have a larger voice. This event highlights the importance of getting the police to realize that they are being watched and protocol is important. Your police force are public servants doing a tough job, not a gestapo police action with attitude.

Remember that this event isn’t about the death of two dogs. The ongoing investigation and real concern of Americans should be about the rights of the citizens that were and continue to be abused by abusive police tactics including taser abuse. Civil rights involve people, not animals. That is the way it should be.

~E. Manning

One Comment leave one →
  1. Joe permalink
    September 22, 2008 9:52 am

    This is definetly a sad story, but like the article says, it’s good that it happened because it opens the door to start cracking down on cops who shouldn’t have been cops to begin with. Some cops even have prior criminal records, provable through public records and background checks.

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