(Closed) So this article really upsets me…..what do you think?

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Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

But just because someone is a cop, doesn’t mean they can’t be corrupt or they can’t do anything wrong. I get where you’re coming from, but this cop killed an unarmed man. So doesn’t that make him a murderer as well? According to the article, these three men were running away, and a witness says the man was shot in the backside. That doesn’t look good for the cop who shot and killed the man. It doesn’t sound like the guy was charging at him or anything and once again, he was unarmed and running away. I personally don’t feel any confidence in a police officer who would shoot at someone running away from him, and would consider that officer to be very dangerous to all in the neighborhood.

Post # 4
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

Yeah…I am actually quite used to this as I live in California. This is not something that is new. I may not always agree with it, but people have the right to protest and feel passionate when they feel police were too forceful (or are being corrupt).

Post # 6
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Honey bee

@Future Mrs K:  If you knew about the recent history of the Anaheim police department, I don’t think you would be so quick to judge the protests.

 

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

There are indeed good cops and I know some, in fact there are several cops in the family. But unfortunately there are bad ones too. Even more unfortunate, this country is rapidly turning into a police state and some people are realizing it. It’s time to take the power back. I went to my first protest at age 7 and I still go for causes I believe in. And I would probably be with those protestors if I lived in CA.

Post # 8
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

Because being in a position of authority makes you accountable to the people you serve.

Post # 9
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

Protesting the “bad” people in general will not accomplish much other then saying yes there are gangs in California. They will protest if a “bad” person is not getting the punishment they feel they deserved. People have started organizations focused on keeping young people out of gangs. So, it is not like people are doing nothing to stop the “bad” people.

 

Post # 10
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

There are plenty of other things to protest, but whether they are better is probably a matter of opinion. I think protesting a police force that will approach three men for the ambiguous “crime” of looking suspicious, and end up shooting and killing one of them despite the fact that all three were running away and unarmed seems like a pretty good use of first amendment rights. Another article says Anaheim police officers are saying the guy who was shot was a “known gang member,” but who he is doesn’t matter. We have a justice system for a reason, police officers have no more right to shoot an unarmed, retreating man than anyone else and I think it’s appropriate to protest in order to keep that from happening again and to send a message that it will not be tolerated by the community.

That being said, I believe in non-violence and so I absolutely do not condone the rioting and throwing stuff at police officers. Peaceful protest I’m fine with, but responding to violence with more violence is never ok.

Post # 12
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

@SoupyCat:  Yep….. *sigh*

Post # 14
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

The protesters obviously don’t feel like they are protesting good guys.  Sure there are a lot of good cops out there, but there are a lot of corrupt ones too. 

Post # 15
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

The way many people feel very negatively against cops does upset me. I’ve never been in trouble with a cop, but they have helped me when I needed them more than anything. They showed up out of nowhere, I didn’t even have to call (which is good, because I couldn’t), and got me out of the worst situation I’ve ever been in. So I’m biased. It’s easy to forget that that’s what they’re supposed to do for us, because those stories don’t make for big news. I also have cop friends, and they’re great people. I know they’re human, and can be corrupt, but so can the rest of us. I’m frustrated that there’s automatic spite, distrust, and violence toward cops because of their uniforms, but everyone else is innocent until proven guilty. 

Post # 16
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

@Future Mrs K:  Totally agree with the non violence though.  There’s never a need for that. 

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