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Why I don't go for calling cops "pigs"

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No question, many on the left—and members of minorities in particular—have experienced awfully bad stuff at the hands of the police.

But you never know. A given police officer might just be a person like the rest of us.

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Submitted by hipparchia on

and many thanks to the police who joined the protest!

digby has done a lot to highlight the evils of tasers [thank you, digby], but i cringe every time she writes about it, because her take is almost always to blame the cop for being a sadistic degenerate or to blame tasers for turning cops into sadistic degenerates.

both of these are important issues, but along with teaching people to hate other people just because of the career they chose, it obscures the problem that we really need to be tackling: the increasing militarization of our police forces.

Submitted by Lex on

It'll take a helluva lot more than a few cops protesting in Madison to change my perception of them.

I know that there are good, normal cops. My cousin is one and my brother is friends with several. But they're the exception rather than the rule. But this behavior towards protesters is also the exception rather than the rule.

Too many bullies and fascists in the ranks, and the police are the largest organized crime syndicate in the US...by faaaaaar.

As soon as they stop kicking down doors for no good reason (often at the wrong fucking house) and terrorizing people we'll talk. Militarization hasn't been forced on police departments. Most of them love that shit, because combat boots and BDU's makes them feel even more manly than the standard badge and gun.

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Submitted by LostClown on

the one you talk about (I was in a house that was raided once - fun fun fun) and also as seeing the cops as fellow workers. Well. I don't call them pigs, but I have a general mistrust of police due to being bugged, harassed, and beaten for no reason other then protesting/living in an activist house/looking like an activist/anarchist. These days I look less patchy and more "normal" (see current photo) but I still don't think you should stereotype people with patches or racially profile black people. Granted they may just be listening to their bosses, but some do it with terrifying zeal.

Submitted by hipparchia on

I know that there are good, normal cops. [...] But they're the exception rather than the rule. But this behavior towards protesters is also the exception rather than the rule.

i have to admit that i was sitting here thinking that madison seems to be the only city in the country with both the ideal kind of citizen and the ideal kind of cop in any numbers.

As soon as they stop kicking down doors for no good reason (often at the wrong fucking house) and terrorizing people we'll talk.

this used to be my biggest fear when i lived in 'bad' neighborhoods. it wasn't my neighbors i had to be afraid of... we can't wait for police departments to stop doing this on their own, we have to make them stop doing it.

Militarization hasn't been forced on police departments. Most of them love that shit,

they sure do! they're going to get mad when we come to take away their toys, but we have to do it.

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Submitted by TonyRz on

One of the interesting thing about Walker's phone call with "Koch" is the way that he - at a few years younger than me, and I was born in '63 - has absorbed the RW's conventional wisdom about "the 60s". Standard boilerplate from ideological training, nothing from personal experience.

So using personal experience as the standard, is someone here at Corrente going around calling cops 'pigs'?

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Submitted by vastleft on

http://www.correntewire.com/blast_yer_pa...

No, calling cops "pigs" is not a commonplace at Corrente. But these eyes have seen way too much tribalism and blithe dehumanization to think any of us is immune from embracing such views of others, especially others who are part of an enterprise that's so often flagrantly abusive.