Debunking the Myth of the Hero Cop

by Darryl W Perry
Daily Anarchist

In a recent article at The Independent Political Report, James Gray perpetuates the fairy-tale of the police as heroes to be looked up to. He writes, “One of the most noble public servant positions in our society is a police officer. These men and women often have difficult jobs, and frequently do not get the credit and appreciation they deserve.” If police were these heroes, then stories of botched drug raids would not be a standard news story. People would be outraged every time they heard about an officer killing a family pet, or an innocent human being, because it would be so unusual. Instead, these stories are routine, because the image of police as heroic public servants is a myth.

I would like to first state that Judge Gray does give one good piece of advice for anyone who is ever stopped by police, "keep your hands in plain sight." This should be done for your own safety, because the police often overreact when they are startled. I have first-hand experience in this. The only time I have ever had a gun drawn on me, it was from a police officer who was responding to a suspected robbery, but he was at the wrong house. If I had made any sudden movements I would likely have lost my life. On another occasion an officer stopped me for a seat belt violation, and when he approached my vehicle he had his hand on his weapon. I put my hands on the wheel for my own safety, because you never know what behavior to expect, although police tend to be on their best behavior when they know they’re being filmed.

It was recently reported that police have killed over 5,000 Americans since September 11, 2001, almost as many US soldiers that have been killed occupying Iraq. According to the CATO Institute's National Police Misconduct Reporting Project, in 2010 there were 4,861 unique reports of police misconduct involving 6,613 sworn officers and 6,826 alleged victims.

In a rare case of officer accountability, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Officer Randall Kerrick was charged with voluntary manslaughter after firing his weapon "several times" at Jonathan Ferrell, who was running to the police for help after wrecking his vehicle. The Ferrell family may find justice, but the majority of aggrieved families aren’t so lucky. In May 2010, seven year old Aiyana Jones was killed by a SWAT team as she slept on her couch at 3am. Her killers burst into the wrong apartment, but no charges were filed. Indianapolis Police Officer David Bisard was on duty, driving a Metro Police cruiser when he plowed into a group of four riders on three motorcycles stopped at a red light -- one rider was killed & two others critically injured. Bisard was found to be intoxicated, though no charges were filed because "the blood test had been mishandled and no other evidence supported the DUI charge." There are also countless stories of women being sexually assaulted by police officers, and countless other stories of sexual assault that are never reported. Do these sound like the actions of noble heroes?

People will often claim "those are just a few bad apples." If that were the case, then why don’t the "good cops" who are supposedly the super-majority, ever do anything about these "bad apples"?

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Posted: Nov 30 2013, 11:29 PM

68107 there are no good cops thats why.

Posted: Dec 01 2013, 7:00 AM

80202 Society has unfortunately accepted that police can do ANYTHING if they feel "threatened", including kill. As has been pointed out here, police work, while somewhat dangerous, doesn't even make the top ten list. Convenience store workers are more in danger. What if they just started shooting anyone in the stop n go that made abrupt movements? The no knock raids of course should be used judiciously (literally...) and an end to blunt violence as the go method for cops. How about using smarts instead of force?

Posted: Dec 01 2013, 8:54 AM

6697 I've had guns pointed at my face by police officers on two occasions. On neither occasion were they either subjectively or objectively justified in doing so. For whatever reason, they just wanted to point their guns directly in my face.

These incidents have led me to believe that most cops are really just waiting for the opportunity to shoot somebody.

Posted: Dec 01 2013, 2:02 PM

71222 every dept posing as public safety is in fact the same as blackwater, a private for profit enterprise. they conduct commerce , ie you and yours as goods, ie human trafficking. You are no safer conducting business with these companies than they were 2,000 years ago when they called themselves romans, the state commerce, ie slavery was king and they clung to their symbol of an axe wrapped with 13 rods called the fasces which is proudly served to you today in the shield of the national sheriffs assn. the depraved masses glorify cannibals clothed in costumes, the swashbuckler pirates seeking booty for the charter called the marque granted by the kings of the time.

Posted: Dec 01 2013, 2:26 PM

1001 Not all cops are bad. Their problem, like the rest of society, is if they speak up they get their ass handed to them. Making blanket statements just makes you look like an ass.

Posted: Dec 01 2013, 4:06 PM

71172 All cops are derilics and useless. They are a criminal gang that violates peoples rights. The cops that are allegedly good and don't abort this gang called police are cowards.

Posted: Dec 01 2013, 5:05 PM

99179 Good article. Good point.

I think the good cops are now out numbered....
and that can only happen if nothing is done about the

Unfortunately, finding good people in high places these days
is extremely rare.

It will continue to get worse until "we the people"
(who out number them by the thousands) do something to
put an end to the crooks in charge.

Power in numbers.
Too many couch potatos.

When they came for the Jews, I wasn't Jewish, so I did nothing...
When they came for the Catholics, I wasn't Catholic, so I did nothing...
When they came for the Indians, I wasn't Indian, so I did nothing...
When they came for ME, NO ONE WAS LEFT TO DEFEND ME...


Posted: Dec 02 2013, 11:21 AM

207212 We live in Nazi American... were the politicians lie - the police have total control & the judges r there to backup them up.... Already started to move to Germany(wat America used to be).
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