Last edited by Rockntractor; 07-31-2011 at 11:21 AM.
Yes it would be nice if they were all well versed and thoroughly respectful of the US Constitution and all applicable laws. But they aren't. So if there is one bad-cop story per day on the news or internet buzz, that's a six one hundredths of one percent "bad cop" rate. Now if you double that to include abusive cops who don't take action so they don't get in the news, and double it again to include the simply rude, then double it again to include the rude and obnoxious but within the law and professional standards you're still only up to a less than one percent bad-cop ratio.
It's not so much a bad cop story as it is an prevention of rights story..
There is also a function of collective memory on stuff like this. I have a good friend, well a long term friend anyway, who sometimes tells me a story that he appears to honestly believe happened to him, but it actually comes from my repertoire. I'm a really good story teller, and sometimes people seem to feel like they were there. And I have done a lot of stupid and funny things that make for good stories. But I also know people who repeat urban legends as if they actually happened to them, and they believe that they did. I don't understand the process, but I am witness to it.
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