Dec 27, 2007

Police Vow to Cause PTSD

From Fox News,
The slogan, “Don't suffer from PTSD, go out and cause it,” was emblazoned on the Dec. 14 graduation programs for 43 officers who completed the Idaho Police Officer Standards and Training Academy's latest course.

In the United States today, those we trust to “Protect and Serve” have gone wild. Not a week goes by where we don’t hear of some unfortunate being tazered by some officer who seems itching to use the technology. Always intended to replace deadly force, the tazer is now used routinely in situations where officers formerly wouldn’t even think of shooting off a gun.

There are horror stories of cops murdering spouses and former girlfriends, abusing innocent motorists, harassing people for taking their child out for a walk in a baby carriage, bullying people and just out right abusing their power.

People say that, “well, cops have a very dangerous job, they need to be extra careful!” and I do agree with that. They put their lives on the line every time they answer a call or stop a motorist. That’s why when you’re pulled over, the officer always stands behind your window with his hand on his gun while he waits for you to retrieve your driver’s license, registration and proof of insurance.

However, none of this excuses the action of our police over the past recent years. They are starting to get out of control. If you try in any way to defend yourself from an abusive officer, you are charged with “resisting arrest” and “battery on a police officer”. You are completely and totally powerless in regards to your own personal safety when dealing with them.

Now we have this report from an academy in Idaho where the mentality has gone so far as they now WANT to cause PTSD!

Apparently, no one attending the graduation event other than Raney complained about the slogan, but a photograph of the program was e-mailed anonymously to news media outlets throughout the state.

Jeff Black, director of the Police Training Academy in Meridian, Idaho stated in regards to the slogan, “"We were mortified that it was in there.” It really causes me to wonder if he was “mortified” because of what the slogan said or because they were caught?

Mr. Black states that slogans will no longer be printed on graduation forms from now on until they have been closely scrutinized by police academy leaders. Come on here! Lets have some common sense! Apparently someone knew what the slogan said, as someone printed up the forms! The person/persons who did that didn’t think there was anything wrong with it? If it wasn’t for the brave photographer who noticed this, I doubt the American public would have been made aware that this had even happened!

Mr. Black wouldn’t even release the name of the class leader who is ultimate responsible for this travesty of public trust. There will be no punishments handed out. There will be no evaluation of the graduating class. Instead, they will be shipped off to their new posts, and these are the new brave officers we’ll have “defending the peace”.

Mr. Black went on to say,

“the embarrassment might be softened by Nampa Deputy Police Chief Leroy Forsman's speech to graduates on the importance of community involvement and of treating people with dignity and respect.”
(Mr.) Black said that is the message new officers should receive in their training — not to go cause traumatic stress.

Are you telling me, Mr. Black, that new officers haven’t been receiving this message, and only now are you going to make sure that they do? With training programs such as these, is it any wonder why we are now dealing with an influx of abusive officers?

"Don't taze me, bro!"

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