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1 CuriousLurker  Jun 16, 2015 4:05:39pm

I’m not really buying this. I don’t doubt that being a cop a terribly stressful & often thankless job, but it seems to me if that was indeed the main problem, then the outbursts of brutality would be more evenly dispensed.

2 EiMitch  Jun 16, 2015 7:21:30pm

re: #1 CuriousLurker

I too don’t buy this as “the real cause.” But neither I don’t dismiss it as a possible exacerbating factor. At the very least, this

Struggling to deal with the stress of the job is considered a sign of weakness, an inexcusable personal failure. Within the profession, officers who can’t handle the realities of police work may be viewed with thinly veiled distrust, if not contempt.

Self-worth isn’t the only thing at risk; many officers fear that admitting to emotional difficulties will limit their opportunities for advancement or even jeopardize their careers.

is another symptom of a culture within police forces that needs to be confronted and ultimately changed.

On that note, I’d also like to say that I don’t consider this

As I wrote previously, police training that emphasizes a Warrior mentality likely contributed,

to be a separate issue from the reluctance to admit to being stressed out, let alone try to deal with it in a helpful way. How can it be separate, when it clearly boils down to “suck it up and soldier on”?

3 team_fukit  Jun 16, 2015 11:49:01pm

it seems like many cases are inspired by the fearful tone of the people who call the cops, like in the case in which that guy purchasing a bb gun got shot by cops in an Ohio Walmart because the 911 caller gave dispatch the scary black guy with a gun spiele.

4 EiMitch  Jun 17, 2015 3:15:17pm

re: #3 team_fukit

And yet, it’s black people who get accused of playing the race card.

Seriously, you’d think the police would learn something from all the swatting incidents in the past couple of years.


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