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Message sent is that citizens should not be able to monitor the public actions of officials they employ

Sources: YouTube, Photography is Not a Crime





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RE: all part of a pattern
By ebakke on 11/28/2012 10:42:13 AM , Rating: 0
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Just don't be so ignorant to think that you deserve a greater level of respect from people, when you clearly fail to show respect for them.
If your confidence in this matter were anywhere near a reflection of the level of truth in your statements, you might be on to something. Unfortunately, you're just blowing hot air.

You have absolutely no idea what (if any) experiences any commenters here have had with police officers. I, for one, have had nothing but positive interactions with the police, but I still believe wholeheartedly that as free citizens we ought to be able to record the actions of those we've entrusted to enforce our laws.

Get off of your high horse already. You're no better than I am. Your opinions are no more "accurate", your values no more just. Why are you so insistent that those with different opinions are unaccountable, disrespectful, immature, selfish "victims"?


RE: all part of a pattern
By GotThumbs on 11/28/2012 2:19:08 PM , Rating: 1
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You have absolutely no idea what (if any) experiences any commenters here have had with police officers


That is an accurate statement,

BUT, I am also VERY, VERY, VERY confident that YOU and most of the commenters here have absolutely no idea what each/any police officer experiences daily/hourly while at thier job.


My main point was that people need to show some honest respect and understanding for these human beings. Police are not supermen or superwomen who are immune to bullets, knives or speeding cars. Each officer knows their life is at risk each time they go to work. How many of the commenters here today deal with that level of risk on the job. Do you have to worry about someone attacking/shooting you each time you meet with someone while working?

I'm not saying the police shouldn't be filmed, but when you have one or more "concerned citizens" swarming around the police scene, it can distract the officer's attention away from what they need to be focused on, and thus put their safety/life in jeopardy.

I realize that most people wouldn't think of this, because they are only thinking from their own point of view. Just speak with a police officer about some of their own experiences or just look through some YouTube videos of officers who have been attacked or shot during a stop. The problem is YOU, the citizen have no true understanding of what goes on in your city each day. The media does not report on every crime, attack, murder.

Think McFly....and not just from your point of view.


RE: all part of a pattern
By ebakke on 11/28/2012 3:09:08 PM , Rating: 2
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Think McFly....and not just from your point of view.
You would be well served heeding your own advice.

You're also muddying the issue. No one here is arguing that individuals should be "swarming around the police scene" or putting an officer's "safety/life in jeopardy". We're not talking about interfering with investigations, or with an officer's ability to do his job. Obstructing an officer is already illegal. But an individual can do that with or without a video camera. Your current argument against videotaping is analogous to banning guns because some people killed others with them. Guns *can* be an instrument for murder. And a camera *could* be an instrument for obstruction. But both also have legitimate other purposes that should be protected. Further, laws should ban the act (murder, obstruction) and not the implementation (gun, knife, rope, etc).

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BUT, I am also VERY, VERY, VERY confident that YOU and most of the commenters here have absolutely no idea what each/any police officer experiences daily/hourly while at thier job.
Agreed. And as I stated yesterday, I don't care. It doesn't matter to me. The police are tasked with enforcing our laws with whatever rules or restrictions we place on them. They are given special powers and special abilities that the average citizen is not so that they may perform these duties. But ultimately they serve at our pleasure. If we demand they perform their jobs under a microscope, that's within our prerogative as it is OUR power that we have placed in them. We may certainly take it back, or place more limits upon it.

And at the end of the day, if the job becomes too difficult, people will stop doing it. Then we, as the employer, will have to reevaluate our offer.


RE: all part of a pattern
By GotThumbs on 11/28/2012 4:04:52 PM , Rating: 1
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I don't care. It doesn't matter to me. The police are tasked with enforcing our laws with whatever rules or restrictions we place on them.


Enough said. You obviously believe police are sub-human adn are only here to do your bidding as you see fit. Do you kick dogs as well?

I'm done wasting my time here.

As I wrote earlier, Ignorance is not a cold that can be cured in a week.

Best wishes on finding a cure


RE: all part of a pattern
By ebakke on 11/28/2012 5:56:01 PM , Rating: 2
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You obviously believe police are sub-human adn are only here to do your bidding as you see fit.
No, I don't believe that. Stop putting words in my mouth, and read the ones I'm typing!

Acknowledgement of the relationship between a citizen and a civil servant isn't anywhere remotely close to the equivalent of me believing police are sub-human. Nor is it equivalent to violence upon another being.

Stop acting like a petulant child. It's fine that we have different opinions. The whole point of a forum like this is that we can share those opinions with one another. You keep stomping your feet and decreeing that anyone who doesn't think as you do is some ignorant fool. It's your behavior that's appearing foolish. Defend your positions. Counter mine. Screaming "I'm right, and you're wrong, POOPY HEAD!" is useless.

I leave you with this question, which I admittedly have no expectation you'll give a thoughtful answer: How are police, judges, politicians, and members of the military not here to do our bidding as we see fit? All of those groups exist to serve the public, do they not?


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