That's the way I was brought up. Cops good. Bad guys bad. Cops help good people. Cops stop bad people. The other thing I remember was that cops were good because they played by the rules. The cops didn't just stop the bad guys, they did it by the rules. As a kid I didn't understand "civil rights". I did have respect for "the rules", whatever those may be. Doing good stuff for good people and stopping bad people from doing bad stuff by following the rules made cops brave, and good.
For the most part TV and movies backed this up. Andy Griffith was a good cop. Even when cops weren't the hero's of a story, like sheriff Roscoe on Dukes of Hazard, it was for a laugh, not because they were really bad. Things started to change on TV and movies with the cops. The hero cops were the guys who didn't "play by the rules". The reason was drugs. Drugs were so bad that anything a cop had to do to stop them was justified. It was no longer possible to keep good people safe, unless they broke the rules. Don't worry the cops always know who the bad people are, at least in the movies.
Something changed in police work. Once a cop had to be at least a little brave to do his job. It takes a certain amount of guts to wait for the bad guy to actually do something bad before you arrest him. The cops don't wait anymore. They assume whomever they are in contact with is a lethal threat, no matter what they observe. They no longer use any sort of reasonable standard of observation or fact collecting.
Police Beat, Stun Deaf Man After Confusing Sign Language With Threatening Gestures
Jonathan Meister was retrieving some stuff he was storing at an ex-roommate’s home when he looked up to find several members of the Hawthorne Police Department approaching.
The South Bay man claims officers didn’t give him a chance to explain what he was doing before placing him in handcuffs, beating him and using a stun gun to shock him into submission.Beating up a deaf guy isn't brave, it is almost as chicken-shit as it comes.
The situation deteriorated from there.
Police put Meister in handcuffs and officers say he began struggling.That bit about struggling is the bit that the cops use to justify the beat down. If you are struggling, or trying to use sign language, that's resisting arrest. Resisting arrest is what justifies using the stun gun and beating you with batons etc. In case you didn't catch it, the guy was cuffed BEFORE they started beating him. That's not just chicken-shit, that's about as cowardly as you can get.
The phrase "brave men in blue" has at least two problems. I've looked and I can't find the word "brave" defined anyplace as "beating a helpless man who can't fight back by a number of strong men with guns". Maybe you can, if so leave a link in the comments. Second, the word "man", normally denotes some sort of a mature, responsible and competent male. Anyone who can't figure out that a deaf guy that can't talk, is deaf and can't talk in the first 30 seconds of trying to talk to him, isn't a smart enough to be a man. He's not smart enough to be a cop either.
Despite the fact that the cops beat up a deaf guy, for being deaf and not able to talk to them, nothing will likely be done to the cops. The victim is white. He'll sue, he'll get some money, likely after the lawyers figure out the cheapest way to buy him off. The deal will be done with a non-disclosure clause and the story will be forgotten.
For what its worth:
Police initially charged Meister with assaulting officers but those charges were eventually dropped.How generous. I don't know ASL. I do know one "sign". It involves using one finger on one hand. I would never consider giving it to Sherriff Andy Taylor or his deputy, they were brave men. Too bad we don't have them around.