Police brutality a white man's perspective
The media seems to be on a rampage with stories about police brutality this holiday season and it's a topic of conversation at work and other places.
My point of view as an older white man is that police in big cities are not only out of touch with the community but generally have a we-they relationship with the public.
I work in one of these big cities and I see regularly the disdain the police have for the public in general. I can not comment what it would be like to be a black American having confrontations with police but I can tell you that as a white man my interactions with the police have been horrible. The police in my city frequently verbally abuse anyone they come in contact with, here is an example:
I was trying to make a turn in a construction area to enter a business and the police officer posted there was observing traffic and not directing traffic. When I tried to make a left turn he halted traffic and slowly walked over to me and asked if I was retarded. I said no I was just trying to make a turn. He replied that any idiot would go around the block and come back the other direction.
Well I really think that I deserve more civil treatment from the cops in my city where I pay over 12k per year in property tax.
For those who are curious I did file a formal complaint against the officer and received a written letter of apology but the original action shows that police need a major retraining in my opinion.
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