it's not popular to say, but i generally don't like police officers very much. it takes a certain type of personality to WANT to be a cop, and that type of personality is not typically the kind of individual i choose to associate with in my personal life. furthermore, i've had dealings in the past with our local police department... and i found them to be lazy, uninterested, unprofessional, ineffective meat-heads who probably have fat wives.
i know there are exceptions to everything, and not all police officers are as described above. i get that. it's just that i don't buy into this whole, "respect the police" mentality people seem to live their lives by, particularly in the USA. the ironic thing is that, for the most part, the biggest cheerleaders police have are conservatives. do they not get the fact that the police are simply an arm of the government? so much for all of the "government is the problem" philosophy. aww... shit... i guess the same could be said about liberals though... only it's the inverse. they hate the cops but love every other festering brown log the government squeezes onto a paper plate.
and ENOUGH of this incessant tasering. it's being abused by police officers routinely. there are videos of it ALL OVER THE INTERNET. go take a look if you don't believe it's being abused. i guess the idea here is that tasers are intended to prevent police from having to get physically involved in a situation. i understand that, but i think the evidence shows reality does not run parallel with intent in this instance. police are tasing first, asking questions later. and do you remember that kid who got tased for daring to pipe up during some sort of college campus town-hall meeting with john kerry? here's some skinny college douche, doing what skinny college douches do (and have done for decades), and a dozen police officers can't handle him physically? they have to tase him? "DON'T TAZE ME, BRO!!" you remember that, don't you? everybody got a nice chuckle out of that phrase, even to the point of printing up t-shirts and bumper stickers donning the phrase, but personally, i found it to be one of the saddest milestones to date in the erosion of our civil liberties.