The culture that encourages police officers to engage their weapons before gathering information promotes the mind-set that nothing, including citizen safety, is more important than officers’ personal security.
Worth the read, both LTCOL P’s cogent commentary and the original article.
Police officers should understand the risks in their jobs when they enroll in the academy, as well. That means knowing that personal safety can’t always come first.
Very tired of Police Officers asserting that their “safety” trumps Constitutional liberties. Especially when they are more aggressive toward law-abiding American citizens than I was ever allowed to be toward Iraqis. Sadly, as LTCOL P points out, they behave like Volkspolizei because we have allowed it.