My point was not to condone the behavior of violent cops. If you felt that your son was mishandled. you should have filed a complaint through the PD, which could handle it better than a citizen's review board. If your son is bipolar and at-risk, why didn't you do a better job of parenting? I agree with the Durham officer, if the cop needed to act as such, your son must have been out of control. You should have stepped in and made him take his meds, instead of making society deal with your messed up kid. Be accountable, because instead of the victim, it sounds more like your son is the problem.
Compared to the massive amount of thefts, rapes, and deaths that the Durham and Chapel Hill police prevent, relatively few mistakes or complaints are negligible. Everyday police officers risk their lives and health to keep innocent people safe. They don't even have good benefits. Did you know that if they get hurt on duty, they only get part of their already paltry pay as part of worker's comp? They are not even offered short term disability benefits. Combined with extra scrutiny from so called "citizen review boards", what incentive do cops have to step up and risk life and limb for you, the next time you face a rapist or gang member who is going to kill you for street cred? What if they chose the "safe route" to wait to pursue the man who is raping your babies, to avoid undue criticism instead of going forward as trained to stop the heinous act? Handcuffing the police will ultimately affect your safety. And if you think these things do not happen in Chapel Hill, think again. Cops do what they do because they have the desire to protect and serve. They sacrifice more than most of us would to uphold their oaths to public safety. Let the internal affairs department do it's job, and let the cops do theirs.
Indy Week • 302 E. Pettigrew St., Suite 300, Durham, NC 27701 • phone 919-286-1972 • fax 919-286-4274
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