Are we really protected?
During one of my lectures, my professor asked “Who feels protected by our police officials?” Sadly, only 3 people raised their hands. He asked the question again, and the same 3 people raised their hands.
I didn’t raise my hand, beacause I really never thought about it. This question for some reason left me pondering. Our media portrays so many cop related incidents. For instance, there was Sandra Bland, Raynette Turner, and Joyce Curnell whom died under police custody. There was controversy and people speculating over these deaths. Foucault mentions the idea that people are not publicly executed anymore. Instead it is done behind doors. No one really knows what happened with these women. People do know but no one wants to speak the truth.
“It is ugly to be punishable, but there is no glory in punishing. Hence that double system of protection that justice has set up between itself and the punishment it imposes.”
I personally feel safe to an extent. If I was in trouble (whether that be by getting kidnapped, etc.), I would obviously turn to the police. Many of us do turn to them for help, but why don’t people feel protected? I know that in some countries the citizens do not turn to the police for help. For example, the police in Mexico is corrupt. I have family in Mexico and they have told me that if they were to see a car accident, they are not allowed to help those people out because then they can get blamed for the accident. In addition, one can easily bribe a police officer with money. Many of my family members would never consider turning to police officials to help them out if they were in trouble.
The following website shows statiscs on whether Americans trust cops to be fair or not.
Do police officers "routinely lie to serve their own interests?" Thirty-one percent of Americans believe they do, and…blogs.reuters.com
After reading this, there are still a lot of questions that arise from this. How reliable are these sources? But even then the results to me seem biased.
One question was surprisingly less divisive: “Would you approve of your children (or future children) becoming police officers?” Americans as a whole say yes, 59 to 22 percent. Young people? 68 percent yes. Democrats? 58 percent yes. African-Americans? More tentative, but still favorable. By 45 to 30 percent, blacks approve of their children becoming police officers. In this case, reality — “It’s a good job” — is more positive than image.
This last paragraph of the article, changes the perspective of police officers to “Oh, then police officers are not bad after all.”
I know that there are police officers out there that are fair and don’t go around causing trouble. But those are the stories that don’t get publicized. The media only focuses on the bad things. I’ve never watched the news focus on is the great actions that citizens are doing in their daily life. The news reports car accidents, traffic, government scandals, celebrity “news,” shootings, killings, and the list goes on. So this article is not meant to bash on the cops, but instead merge both perspectives together.