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  •  I've had good and bad experiences with police (9+ / 0-)

    Have you ever had a bad experience? I've had a lot of contact with police due to my activism.

    The problem is when police abuse the authority with which they are trusted. And the problem is when officials such as mayors or the executive branch use the police force for political purposes.

    And yes, sometimes they really do help. But that does not justify the harassment and persecution of people due to political beliefs.

    When they do good things, that should be recognized. But when they get off track and hurt people, or suppress dissent, that should be recognized as well.

    "In times of universal deceit, telling the truth will be a revolutionary act." -George Orwell

    by ZhenRen on Mon May 06, 2013 at 12:05:54 AM PDT

    •  yep. when i travelled in my rv, was repping (16+ / 0-)

      MoMA, and would have hotshots come and try to bully me to move immediately (with the engine running, lights on and sitting very visible while sorting greeting card stock to show the next day).  seaside, ca.

      called his watch commander who tried to tell him to ticket me for "sleeping" in an rv  (with the engine running, lights on and sitting very visible while sorting greeting card stock to show the next day).  when i asked him if he REALLY intended to ticket me for "sleeping" under those circumstances (sitting in kmart parking lot while it was open) - he snarled that i had one hour to move.

      i did, next door to a privately owned gas station who "invited" me to stay the night - then threw the cop off the property when he tried to make an issue of my parking there overnight.

      that night, i called bernie ward's show to talk about the incident, where he then called the seaside cops "jackbooted thugs" and told everyone not to shop or stay in seaside!

      the next morning, i immediately went to the police captain's office, patiently waited until he saw me and told him of the incident.  he had heard about the kgo coverage already.  he apologized profusely and told me not to worry about being stopped again.  told him i didn't trust his "officers" not to try to pull something in retaliation.  he gave me his personal telephone number and said if i EVER got stopped again, call him - at any hour.

      i don't take crap from anyone.  i do it "legally" but i make an issue out of abuse.  a BIG issue.

      polite, courteous and legal - i fight back with intensity.

      that isn't the only time... btw.

      EdriesShop Is it kind? is it true? is it necessary?

      by edrie on Mon May 06, 2013 at 02:45:00 AM PDT

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    •  Yes, as I read I was pondering the difference (4+ / 0-)

      between the heroes in Edrie's neighborhood and the police state evidenced by those responding to Occupy protests.

      Cats are better than therapy, and I'm a therapist.

      by Smoh on Mon May 06, 2013 at 07:09:29 AM PDT

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      •  In a police state the police do much the (2+ / 0-)
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        same type of good things as the police do here. They are just also responsible for a lot of bad things as well. And they are lionized by the press and the government just as here. The police in the US are the front line of the incredibly racist drug war and are responsible for the largest prison population in the world.

        If debt were a moral issue then, lacking morals, corporations could never be in debt.

        by AoT on Mon May 06, 2013 at 09:11:09 AM PDT

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