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[–] steveo 0 points 56 points (+56|-0) ago 

Why do you assume we're okay with it?

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[–] ozdr 0 points 18 points (+18|-0) ago 

Cops are assholes to you even if you protest. Remember Occupy?

It'll take a lot of changed attitudes before the cops remember that they serve the people and not the other way around.

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[–] Staross 0 points 14 points (+14|-0) ago 

It's not like occupy changed anything. Citizens don't have much power, the US is more a plutocratic oligarchy than a democracy.

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[–] SnuffyThePunk 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

Cops don't serve the people... They serve the regimes will.

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[–] Juceyriou 4 points 5 points (+9|-4) ago 

Because it still happens

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[–] syn0byte 2 points 19 points (+21|-2) ago 

So then why is the world OK with human trafficking, child porn, and genocide? Cuz those still happen too...

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[–] Kad 1 points 34 points (+35|-1) ago  (edited ago)

A "it won't happen to me, I obey the law" attitude. Except when enforcers come a knocking, its not about what law you know you haven't broken, its about if you annoyed them or not. Or if they think they can get some money from you.

One rule for the common man, another for the one in blue (and red).

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[–] Umrtvovacz [S] 0 points 14 points (+14|-0) ago 

That is a sign of totality/dictatorship. We had it similar here with communism and regular police (not secret police, those were inquisition-level nasty).

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[–] jlitwinka 0 points 3 points (+3|-0) ago 

This. In the US we're taught from a young age that cops only ever go after bad guys. Then as adults it gets reinforced by the news reporting each case as though the person still did something wrong even if they haven't been proven to have done anything wrong. Words like suspect and investigation have inherently negative connotations even though they're neutral in meaning. So when we do see police doing something wrong we automatically thing 'Oh well that sucks, but the civilian must have done something to deserve it. It won't happen to me though, I follow the law.' This isn't helped by the way the media shows anti-police-brutality movements as inherently "fuck-the-police" instead of as citizen watch-groups.

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[–] Sadistic_Bastard 0 points 24 points (+24|-0) ago 

I'm not happy with it at all, it fucking disgusts me that it still happens. I'm glad it's been getting a lot more attention by the media, but just think of how many cases go unreported?

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[–] ZOAS 0 points 11 points (+11|-0) ago 

A goodly portion of us aren't OK with it. Not shit - some folks in this country are fine with it, and probably think they don't generally go far enough.

(I'm not one of those).

But this is a BIG fucking nation. For a huge portion of the populace, those are problems that are "somewhere else" and are a considered to be a small, minority representation. A "the media is blowing this way out of proportion thing." Then take into account the size of the country. I was born in, and currently live, in Texas. Most of fucking Europe's land mass fits within the size of Just This State. Now, consider you're someone in Pretty Liberal California. Some cop in Cleveland does something absolutely reprehensible. That's a whole Continent+ away. Yeah, that's A Bad Thing. But it Doesn't Really Apply to You.

There IS also the significant tendency of the media to report on all the Bad Stuff that LEOs do, while all the good, normal, day-to-day operation of their jobs, and the good, polite, helpful things, go absolutely unreported, because it's Not Sensational, it's Not Newsworthy.

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[–] probablysarcastic 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

I've found this misperception to be very common with Europeans. The US is huge. Europeans tend to equate the US with their specific country when it would be far more accurate to compare individual states with their country. I say that mainly in terms of population and land area. Additionally, the autonomy of State governments also plays a role although not as big.

We had a German exchange student who wanted to go to Iowa to visit a friend. She didn't understand why that would be a problem until I explained that it was a longer trip than if she went from her town in Germany to Paris.

This tends to come up a lot with discussions on internet broadband access, cell phone technology, mass transit and centralized healthcare.

/notsarcasticinthiscase

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[–] zombietimm 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

To add to this..Even if I wanted to get involved, I am so far geographically removed from these incidents that I would need to travel a great distance to attend a rally or be part of any type of town hall meeting. My nearest large city is Detroit which is a 4 hour drive.

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[–] PM_ME_YOUR_ARCHES 0 points 8 points (+8|-0) ago 

I do wonder about this, sometimes I think it's just because it's a big country and everything is widely reported but it still doesn't justify the amount of news articles and videos I see. I read an article the other day about how the police in the UK only fired two rounds of ammunition last year, and neither of them hit anyone. I know we don't have guns in this country but even police brutality without guns doesn't happen very often here. Not only that, the attitude the police has towards the American public is quite troubling. I had a police officer knock at my door the other day asking about some sort of domestic dispute a few doors down from me, I would have been scared to open the door if I was in America.

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[–] Umrtvovacz [S] 1 points 10 points (+11|-1) ago 

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[–] LiterallyLittering 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

Reading this literally makes me sick to my stomach. How much more is it going to take before we do something about this that will actually make a difference

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[–] KL1 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

If i remember correctly the riots that happened about 2 years ago in the UK was started due to an incedent where the police shot and killed a man. Recently there were also riots in the Netherlands due to a man dying in police custody.

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[–] Dashippy 0 points 3 points (+3|-0) ago 

Yes that was caused by the shooting of a man. I believe he was unarmed too. The riots were put down after a few days, most of the people involved with the looting were arrested, and people differentiated between the peaceful protestors and the looters. Actually a lot of people joined in the clean up efforts afterwards. It's a whole different mentality over here even when it comes to things like rioting. Places like Ferguson and Baltimore won't look the same for a long time but London was cleaned up pretty quick. If anything the riots actually brought people closer as a community.

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[–] songofrebellion 0 points 4 points (+4|-0) ago 

We're being led to believe that it's a racial issue by the mainstream media. We're also, as a whole, very complacent and distracted.

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[–] Layman 0 points 4 points (+4|-0) ago 

This. Complacency. I fear that's our real problem.

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[–] Layman 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

I disagree with that. If I get in a real fight, it's a felony to beat the shit out of someone. A minor scuffle, a misdemeanor. Location will dictate the level of trouble for peeing or streaking. Near a school of gathering place for children, felony; business district, misdemeanor. To support your statement though, I can't go on a lifelong offender registry for fighting.

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[–] asa3 1 points 3 points (+4|-1) ago 

We aren't okay with it. But like /u/Limpingdead mentioned, the media reports things that get ratings and clicks. Today, that is police beating up/shooting black people. You do not hear hardly any stories of cops being normal, doing their jobs and protecting the citizens. Remember, the media controls what the public sees.

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