About two months ago I was riding my Kawasaki motorcycle to work one morning. I pulled over and stopped on the side of the road to adjust one of my rear view mirrors when a local Police car suddenly appeared. The officer rushed out of his car and came at me. I turned around to say “thanks for stopping, but I am ok, only adjusting one of my mirrors” but the officer was not interested in my safety only to look coldly at me and say, “I need your license and registration!”
Not happy with this police officers attitude toward me, when I was simply stopped on the side of the road, I said, “Why are you hassling me?” At this point he mumbled something into his shoulder mic and 20 seconds later another police car arrived with two officers wearing combat fatigues. A very nice spectacle, I felt like a criminal for sure, though I have a completely clean track record. After giving them my ID and registration, they could do nothing but look at me and say, “ok, you can leave.” – very nice of them. I almost said, “I’m glad I gave you guys something to do this morning.”
I live in a small town with less than 10,000 people with very, very little crime. But like most Police departments these days they do have an armored vehicle and a lot of war toys – which they like to parade, and even walk around in combat fatigues. Add some boredom…and you get a very aggressive Police force. I really do sympathize with the Ferguson Protests. One thing I have also noticed, most of them in my opinion are overweight, for professional crime fighters. Maybe if they were in better shape, they would not need so many war toys to play with.
It is time to stop our Police Militarization Programs. These programs are a big waste of time and money. Lifting some weights and eating less is a much better idea I believe. Perhaps being friendlier to citizens would help too.