….The nobility of good policework


I had a face-book dialogue with a cousin living in Calif who has been a police officer for 20 years.  He described Michael Brown as a “criminal thug”, likened the boy to “evil”, said he had ‘sympathy for the police officer who was afraid for his life.’ He went on in this vein, and he expressed these sentiments about “all the scum out there”.  I told him that making assumptions (especially involving a death) prior to comprehensive investigation is not worthy of him and that it’s also not good police work.                                                                             Law enforcement people get much criticism while facing real dangers as part of their profession. Because of this and the power they possess, I believe it is incumbent upon them, throughout their careers, to practice ongoing self-assessment to maintain objectivity.                                                                                                                                        Police work is a noble calling.  As living up to the Hippocratic Oath is the responsibility of a good physicians, operating with overall respect for people is incumbent upon good police.  Without carrying respect for those they serve, they betray themselves and the trust placed in them.

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