Cop Shows: good, bad or thin gray line?

It’s painful to see some of the negative news centered on the brave individuals who dedicate their lives to the policing of society. There’s no doubt that, without them, the landscape would be different. Some think they’d like such a world, and some would not . . . while most of us have no idea what it’d look like.

Where I hold the view that it’s not so much the individual cops that are inherently problematic (in cases of misuse of position) but rather that a system of laws is flawed, another watchful eye, found via social media–  or, one to whom they refer- is convinced that “cop dramas” hold at least some of the blame for what could be defined as rogue hero behaviors . . . or, neglect of policy with an affect of inappropriate actions toward individuals they serve.

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Image via Public Domain: familiar policing imagery, this time via Johannesburg, where it’s alleged  that “racism is reversed“. 

Looking for your comments: Do American cop shows encourage escalation of interactions between alleged ‘criminals’ and police officers, or do they highlight a misunderstanding of service protocols? Are racial tensions to blame, or not? What’s to be said- if anything- about relation of performance to non-secular [religious] displays by government?

Interesting spin, could hold some truth: what do you think? What could be done? What legislation would you write?

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