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Police Stereotype The events of the last decade have caused many changes in law enforcement The perceptions of what a police officer does or should do have mutated As a law enforcement officer I have had to listen to hundreds of caustic remarks about what I do The remarks that cops are always so nasty when they pull a person over do not recognize the courteous and professional officer The prevailing attitude that the cops were wrong when responding to a riot does not acknowledge our duty to protect life and property The public has a common misperception The police officer must have done something wrong if a criminal is injured while resisting arrest or by assaulting the officer This only feeds the cynicism felt by most law enforcement officers toward the public New York City--the Million Youth March--were the police to blame It is too easy to answer yes However what about the other side of the story Khallid Abdul Muhammad has a reputation for strong rhetoric against Jews Whites Pope John Paul II and South African President Nelson Mandela It is alleged that Muhammad made inflammatory remarks to which the police responded The media of course did what was expected and attacked the police Was each one of the three thousand cops at the rally wrong Was Khallid Abdul Muhammad wrong for advocating violence Was the public provided enough information to determine who was actually at fault No Public consensus is however blaming The Police However who are The Police They are an element of society similar to Hispanics Jews Blacks and Whites Law enforcement officers suffer the consequences of the knee jerk reaction that faults the police in any given situation In some incidents individual cops are wrong We all remember Rodney King and the New York City plunger incident but these are rare cases Every element of society has undesirables The police community has its own as well These
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