Originally Posted by Yosemite
Maybe I'm naive, but I honest-to-goodness do not think ANY cop harrasses ANY citizen that is not giving them lip, doing something they shouldn't be doing or being in a place they shouldn't be in. I just cannot believe cops randomly shoot/taser "innocent", respectful, law-abiding citizens.
I get so miffed when I read that shite! We had an instance a few years back where a girl was shot while her boyfriend was trying to outrun the police in a stolen car. There was this big public outcry that she was an innocent victim. I'm sorry, but if she was with a car thief and it was her boyfriend so I'm assuming she already knew he was bad news, and she was in a stolen car trying to outrun the police, I cannot for the life of me consider her an innocent victim. People do reap what they sow.
I can shed some light here.
My ex husband was a very bad guy, a very violent guy, but I never knew it until a few years in.
He frequently outran the police if they got behind us, and would turn on me if I so much as questioned him about it.
Often, there are women completely kept in the dark as to what their other half does.
Often they only have girlfriends/wives as a cover, the women usually completely unsuspecting until something happens.
On your other point:
Cops FREQUENTLY in the US develop a jaded perspective and end up channeling that into the civilians they interact with on a day to day basis.
Cops are seen by shrinks as a part of their job because of it.
You can become so jaded by what you see and experience every day that you begin to see everyone as a suspect.
It happens, quite often too.