Reader: Police aren't out of control -- people are

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Raymond Garcia in a photo from his Facebook page.
Our post about the killing of Raymond Garcia, who was hit by seven (of seventeen) shots by Greeley police officers after he pulled a gun during a prostitution sting, prompted reactions that split about evenly between those critical of the cops and readers with little sympathy for their target. The following post falls into the latter category.

Jené Hammond writes:

Police are not out of control... People are.... Give an inch take a mile.... People have lost their minds and expect to be babied. And maybe if some of you people would control yourselves and stop committing crimes it would seem like such a police state.... Stop always blaming the cops!

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muhutdafuga
muhutdafuga topcommenter

Yeah, people should just except their beatings.

michaelppuglia
michaelppuglia

Are you people sick cops are way out of controll who do they think they are, fighting a war they are to protect not kill every one they come in contact with it is just sick how we are allowing then to get away with what they do no man should be a cop that has been in the military they are trained to kill just like our out of controll cops. Lets give a cop the death penalty when they kill a person they are just out of controll who do they think they are. ENOUGH.WE HAVE WAY TO MANY COPS THEY ARE JUST BOARD AND HAVE MENTAL PROBLEMS.

michaelppuglia
michaelppuglia

Are you people sick cops are way out of controll who do they think they are fighting a war they are to protect not kill every one they come in contact with it is just sick how we are allowing then to get away with what they do no man should be a cop that has been in the military they are trained to kill just like our out of controll cops. Lets give a cop the death penalty when they kill a person they are just out of controll who do they think they are. ENOUGH.wE HAVE WAY TO MANY COPS THEY ARE JUST BOARD .

michaelppuglia
michaelppuglia

Are you people sick cops are way out of controll who do they think they are, fighting a war they are to protect not kill every one they come in contact with it is just sick how we are allowing then to get away with what they do no man should be a cop that has been in the military they are trained to kill just like our out of controll cops. Lets give a cop the death penalty when they kill a person they are just out of controll who do they think they are. ENOUGH.WE HAVE WAY TO MANY COPS THEY ARE JUST BOARD AND HAVE MENTAL PROBLEMS.

michaelppuglia
michaelppuglia

Are you people sick cops are way out of controll who do they think they are fighting a war they are to protect not kill every one they come in contact with it is just sick how we are allowing then to get away with what they do no man should be a cop that has been in the military they are trained to kill just like our out of controll cops. Lets give a cop the death penalty when they kill a person they are just out of controll who do they think they are. ENOUGH.wE HAVE WAY TO MANY COPS THEY ARE JUST BOARD .

michaelppuglia
michaelppuglia

Are you people sick cops are way out of controll who do they think they are, fighting a war they are to protect not kill every one they come in contact with it is just sick how we are allowing then to get away with what they do no man should be a cop that has been in the military they are trained to kill just like our out of controll cops. Lets give a cop the death penalty when they kill a person they are just out of controll who do they think they are. ENOUGH.WE HAVE WAY TO MANY COPS THEY ARE JUST BOARD AND HAVE MENTAL PROBLEMS.

michaelppuglia
michaelppuglia

Are you people sick cops are way out of controll who do they think they are, fighting a war they are to protect not kill every one they come in contact with it is just sick how we are allowing then to get away with what they do no man should be a cop that has been in the military they are trained to kill just like our out of controll cops. Lets give a cop the death penalty when they kill a person they are just out of controll who do they think they are. ENOUGH.WE HAVE WAY TO MANY COPS THEY ARE JUST BOARD AND HAVE MENTAL PROBLEMS.

michaelppuglia
michaelppuglia

Are you people sick cops are way out of controll who do they think they are fighting a war they are to protect not kill every one they come in contact with it is just sick how we are allowing then to get away with what they do no man should be a cop that has been in the military they are trained to kill just like our out of controll cops. Lets give a cop the death penalty when they kill a person they are just out of controll who do they think they are. ENOUGH.wE HAVE WAY TO MANY COPS THEY ARE JUST BOARD .

michaelppuglia
michaelppuglia

Are you people sick cops are way out of controll who do they think they are, fighting a war they are to protect not kill every one they come in contact with it is just sick how we are allowing then to get away with what they do no man should be a cop that has been in the military they are trained to kill just like our out of controll cops. Lets give a cop the death penalty when they kill a person they are just out of controll who do they think they are. ENOUGH.WE HAVE WAY TO MANY COPS THEY ARE JUST BOARD AND HAVE MENTAL PROBLEMS.

riceroni
riceroni

There are corrupt cops just as there are corrupt citizens. We shouldn't have to tolerate either. A cop is and should be trained to deal with situations that the normal citizen isn't. For a cop to use deadly force against an unarmed person (i.e. Albuquerque Police) beating a woman in the face who made no threatening move towards the cop whatsoever (CHP), or choking someone to death who hadn't committed any criminal offense or crime (NYPD). If you don't think that there're rogue cops who're out of control, you're either very ignorant, delusional, or just plain stupid.  

muhutdafuga
muhutdafuga topcommenter

Why should bad cops clean up their act when the uninformed make excuses for the bad behavior of bad officers?

MzLisa ScreamQueen Biesecker
MzLisa ScreamQueen Biesecker

Guess what people cops are human like us if you dont like what they do dont break the law and become a cop. Get paid crap and get treated like it too then. My uncle was a chief of police back home and i respect all. So shut up And do something or stop your damn complaining. Most are to scared and no balls to do what they have to.

Pete Copeland
Pete Copeland

Police are people. And according to said poster "people are out of control" so even he admits that the police are out of control.

Les Boyd
Les Boyd

My "inch" isn't the police's to give. I would love to see stories where the police tried to give people a break and the guy pushed the cop into taking action instead of cops harassing and intimidating those that they are sworn to protect.

Evan Rude
Evan Rude

We should not be using the poLICE as the "Morality Squad." The poLICE suck these days. They use too many drugs, primarily steroids and, alcohol. They're trigger happy. It seems they can't even serve a warrant without shooting your dog. I think they're practicing for the day when they can use all the military armaments funneled to them from these wars our government starts, on the very people they were sworn to protect and serve. In short, cops are punks! (y) :D

Jo Se Ph
Jo Se Ph

So if you wanna be abusive, cheat on your wife with underage girls, take lots of prescription drugs with no fear of prosecution..and also allow your son and wife who work for a company providing direct care to mentally handicapped individuals in their homes to sell said prescriptions at work to other employees...then police officer is the job for you!

Jo Se Ph
Jo Se Ph

^Just described every cop from my small hometown in nowhere USA. Even in a small town we have bs like a married deputy sheriff getting an underage girl pregnant. What did the county do? Why they paid for her abortion and gave him cop of the year, even put his picture on the front page of our local newspaper accepting the award and posing with his K-9 unit "kat"

Gary Allen Krout
Gary Allen Krout

Drunkin wife swapping fights cops shooting up their own house. Yea that's normal. Haha. Idiots.

Lora McCabe
Lora McCabe

Barry Rogers he didn't have a fucking gun wtf or let me guess you didn't read my comment Raymond was like a little brother to me you dummy

Ben Lucero
Ben Lucero

This guy is a fuckin idiot . Cop killa 4 life

Randy Robinson
Randy Robinson

No one would've been killed (or threatened to be killed) in that sting if prostitution were legal. Just saying.

Samantha Hardin
Samantha Hardin

Police are people, therefore they're out of control as well.

Scott Young
Scott Young

Police are in control.....SOCIETY IS OUT OF CONTROL!!!!

Jared Forqueran
Jared Forqueran

Something tells me this person is white, middle-aged, and middle class, and has no idea what's really happening outside of their bubble.

Barry Rogers
Barry Rogers

Have to agree with Hammond, one should expect to be shot after pointing a gun towards a police officer ... stupid move by the suspect. I'm assuming "wouldn't" was intended, (typo?) in the next to last sentence of Hammond's comment.

Lora McCabe
Lora McCabe

Raymond was my friend! You all know nothing about him and he didn't have a gun and he wasn't a part of that prostitution ring either. He was in the wrong place at the wrong time. Do you people have any clue as to what his family and friends are going through! He's a father, son, and brother. He had a good heart. So before anyone wants to judge know the whole story because this is such bullshit! Raymond deserves justice for what happened to him because of a cruel act done by these so called police officers. At the end of the day when their shift is over and they take those badges off they are nothing more than a civilian like you and I.

Ari Paige
Ari Paige

Police are people thus police are out of control...

Mike Carr
Mike Carr

If people aren't out of control... There'd be no need for cops, right?

Alec Revelle
Alec Revelle

As a general rule, people are assholes...

Latifah Abdul'laah
Latifah Abdul'laah

There are good cops, but if they don't speak out, they're just as guilty as the bad cops. There will be no change until the Blue Brotherhood weeds out all it's bad apples. Until then, is stupid to say is just people being out of control. The shoot first, ask questions later mentality must change. Racial profiling must be done away with.

Matthew P Gomez
Matthew P Gomez

So what are police aliens? They're people too. Only difference is they have a badge.

Benjamin Howard Brockway
Benjamin Howard Brockway

They (police) are also two to four times as likely to abuse their spouse or family somehow.

Rosa Alex
Rosa Alex

According to 2006 statistics you are correct. But here's a fact for you since 9/11 cops have killed more people than the Iraq war. It's not about a numbers game it's about the facts police are not held accountable for their actions.

Alden Condict
Alden Condict

Don't deceive yourself. The cops are fucking pigs!

michaelppuglia
michaelppuglia

ARE YOU SICK THE COPS THINK THEY HAVE THERE OUN SET OF LAWS. They are out of controll. They are to rotect not kill why do they not shoot in a mans leg no they think they are in the war zone KILL KILL KILL The cops need to be stoped.

riceroni
riceroni

Do your uncle try to justify, make excuses for, and cover up criminal offenses and activities committed by cops under his command?

michaelppuglia
michaelppuglia

i AGREE THE COPS ARE OUT OF CONTROLL. NO MAN THAT CAME OUT OF THE MILITAY SHOULD BE ALLOWED TO BE A COP .

muhutdafuga
muhutdafuga topcommenter

Yeah, lets get those tea baggers and similar radicals out of power.

muhutdafuga
muhutdafuga topcommenter

Don't confuse the frightened little ones with facts.  Facts aren't for them.

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