The difference between good policing and bad policing is how the officer approaches his job and sees his mission.
It’s the difference between “protect and serve” or “respect my authoritah”.
It’s the difference between servicing justice or creating order.
We saw how dramatic the difference between the two is over two consecutive nights in Ferguson, Mo. [click to continue…]
Breaking a criminal law puts you at risk for arrest. But we all know police use their discretion in determining who gets cuffed and who gets a stern “talking to”. In several recent cases to cross national headlines, it seems we are living in a nation where the warnings are falling out of favor, and people are being arrested for the most benign events.
It isn’t clear if the officers involved in these arrests truly believe they are doing a public service and protecting society, or if they’re in it simply to amass arrest numbers behind their names. [click to continue…]