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JUDGES ARE HARSHER WHEN CRIMES ARE COMMITTED AGAINST COPS BECAUSE THEY ARE A PART OF THE JUDICIAL SYSTEM. jUDGES FEEL THAT BECAUSE YOU FUCKED WITH A COP YOU ARE REALLY NOT SAFE TO BE ON THE STREETS, BECAUSE IF U FUCK WITH A COP THEN YOU'LL HAVE NO PROBLEM DOING THE SAME THING TO AN AVERAGE CITIZEN. btw FUCK THA POLICE
Ok - i've not read through the replies in this thread but here is my take, and it's very simple.
Im British, but live in America, and my view on the American Police forces is simply this...
I wouldn't do it for all the money in the world. American gun laws are such that if I was a police officer simply pulling someone over for speeding etc - I know that there is a very high probability that the car i have pulled over has a firearm in it, and a person capable of using it against me.
These guys are not paid much really, and this is their job - i.e. this is what they do to pay their bills, try and achieve something in life - they didn't have to do it, but they decided it seemed like a good career option, fair enough.... they do it to look after their families - yes, families - another factor to be dialled in to my previous paragraph.
Now im sure there is some part of their drive to be a police officer that is based around making the world they live in a safer place, but I personally think mostly, it's a job.
How many people can say that there job is essentially like playing russian roulette everyday? These guys can.... and as much hate as they get, and yep some are dicks (there are dicks in every walk of life, not just police forces).. I always ask myself what it must be like to be just like those guys, walking towards that car and just hoping it will be routine.... you might have just come on shift, be tired etc... just wanting to go home and chill.... and then boom, this shit kicks off and you nearly get murdered doing what you have to do to get a pay check.....
As i said, fuck that - i wouldn't do it.....
I think your views on this will be split between the "14 yr old ' Fuck da police' mob who still live at home with parents in the suburbs" and those who are older (24/25+) and have some actual responsibilties, work for their shit and try and do things right..... your respect for the police does actually grow as you get older and realize what a shitty job it actually is.....
First, you can't just say this, you need some evidence to back it up. When imposing a sentence judges have to justify their decision based on a) previous similar cases, and b) sentencing guidelines passed by a legislature. Whether the victim was a police officer appears in neither of those. Also, sentencing decisions are subject to and often are appealed - if the justification doesn't bear out the sentence it will be overturned. So, I think he's full of crap.
Second, I am all for people getting fucked over if they commit an assault against a cop. Some cops are assholes, some cops are awesome people who do their job very well. When I worked as a bouncer I dealt with them multiple times a week and encountered both kinds. Regardless of whether a cop is an ass or a good du, though, he is someone who has volunteered to possibly get shot (as in this case) in defense of the public. People who put cops in danger SHOULD get the business as a consequence. Ie: that dude who attacked a cop with a chain and a giant padlock and got shot about 17 times (some in the back) a couple years ago in Vantown - some said "overkill", I said "good fucking riddance".
Why are you typing in all caps? That's annoying.