What’s Wrong with Killing Cops?

Okay okay, killing is wrong. Its immoral, everyone knows that. I wont state otherwise, nor am I stating that cop-killing is any better. But it sure isnt worse.

But… and this is what I don’t understand… why is cop-killing so exaggerated and emphasized on our society. You see it in the news… “he’s a cop killer, we don’t tolerate that in LA”… or on television dramas like CSI and SVU, “cop killer this, cop killer that”.

I’m wondering why its such of a big deal.

Cops are cops for a reason. They chose their line of work. They chose to face off against the criminal element.  They are on the front lines of our city streets, and face the criminal element every day. They know what they are doing, like firefighters and the military, they put themselves into risky situations by accepting the job. Its dangerous by its very nature.

So, why is it when a criminal kills a cop, its like the world is coming to an end? I don’t want to sound callous or like I don’t care… it IS sad. Cops have families and a personal life, too, and its always sad when someone dies.

But what a double standard it is, indeed, to get hard-core on the civilian populous and pursue “justice for the cops”. More like revenge, if you ask me. Corruption.

I am sitting here wondering about all the poor innocent civilians who were out doing their own thing, living their lives, coming home to their families… who were viciously attacked, unprovoked, and died at the hands of the criminal element. What about them? Why is their life de-emphasized? Why are they any less valued than the cops who die in the line of duty? Why should justice be less pursued?

Praise the military, all the men and women who died in the line of duty serving our country. Their deaths are sad, too. But necessary. They died preserving our way of life and should be appreciated. But they knew what they were doing just the same. Their deaths are no more deserving of justice than a civilian or a cop.

Frankly, if you ask me, Id say that cops and the military are less deserving of justice. Why? Because its their choice to put themselves in harms way protecting the innocent civilians. And its their job to do so. I think its sadder when the innocent civilian loses his life, unexpectedly, plucked from home and family, all the while thinking that the police were out there to protect him. He is more deserving of justice, not less.

I despise the arrogant, prideful mentality of pseudo-justice, borderline vengeance, that the police enforce for themselves and their kind. If they can pursue justice with that level of determination, shouldn’t they be doing so for each and every innocent that is victimized? They get each others back at the cost of those they were meant to serve. In spite of the civilian lives they failed to protect.

The officers of the law and the keepers of the peace are heroes if there ever were any. But praise the civilian who rushes into a burning building or jumps in front of a bullet to save another. Those who consciously chose to be heroes arent, and in a round about way forfeit their own lives to their duty. This makes them heroes yet again, in a different way of thinking, but hardly gives them any more right to justice.



10 Responses to “What’s Wrong with Killing Cops?”

  1. morpheus2009 Says:

    I agree, Cogito, that it is unprofessional for police to desire justice or “revenge” more so for their own than for the population at large. There are other issues to consider, though:
    1. Those who commit extreme crimes tend to pass a tipping point. Where they may’ve been reluctant before to kill, the killing of a cop tends to produce a psychological “point of no return” to kill more indiscriminately from that point forward. The killer, consequently, probably represents a greater danger to society at-large because he killed a cop. That killer needs to be a priority to have apprehended ASAP.
    2. It is possible to say that, yes, police are at a greater risk because of their profession, and to also say that for this reason, additional punishment is warranted for the killer. This line of logic follows from point one above. The killing of law enforcement individuals SHOULD be considered by the perp (at least psychologically) as going one step beyond even the evil required to kill those of us in the population at large.

    To tell you the truth, Cogito, unless the assailant had committed a crime against me & mine, I would want the police to be apprehending the cop killers as a priority because they typically represent a larger danger to society.

    • CogitoErgoCogitoSum Says:

      Im not saying that the police shouldnt set priorities – any well ran establishment should. But the emotional polarity of it all is what I find annoying, and duly uncalled for – because it’s a proven bias that is portrayed in media of all types… and no one seems to have a problem with it.

  2. morpheus2009 Says:

    I can tell you that I’ve been on the receiving end of Police Bias, and it is not fun at all. I have to admit, though, that I like it when that annoying emotional zeal is directed at a bad guy.

    • CogitoErgoCogitoSum Says:

      Of course. Most people would, I think. And thats more of a criticism than anything. A double-standard people have. The same act is “okay” depending on situation. That sort of hypocrisy is a firm foundation for injustice. That is an excessively liberal perspective. As you know already, I am a moral absolutist. Personally, I dont take kindly to the rationalizations people make which justifies an act they agree with at any juncture in their lives, but declares the same act immoral in a different situation when they happen to not agree anymore (or are on the poopy-end of the stick).

      I will leave the morality absolute/relative debate for a different post.

  3. morpheus2009 Says:

    So what’s the solution? Cops are people. Now I know they try to train themselves to take the emotional component out. Remember that cop who arrested Mel Gibson? Mel tried to get the cop riled up. I heard the cop interviewed, and he kept his and stayed professional through the encounter.

    Are you better at controlling your emotions and remaining more disciplined than most of the rest of us?

    • CogitoErgoCogitoSum Says:

      Im not saying what is. Im saying what should be. Im criticizing the world in which we all live. This post provides no recourse for change… only to point out what shouldnt be.

      Of course cops have emotions. Professionalism requires they be kept in check. Objectivity and justice demands it.

      Of course cops are people to, I even said that they had families and its sad when they die. I never said otherwise. But I did say that they also put themselves in harms way, by working in the line of duty, it is what the chose to do and they knew the risk. I also said that their lives should not take priority over the innocent civilians who died when the cops should have been looking out for them.

      And deaths will happen. Both civilians and cops alike. But why the upsurge of determination to find justice when “one of your own” is killed? If only everyones professional kin got up in arms every time a criminal injustice happened!

  4. morpheus2009 Says:

    Can you empathize with the cops? I mean, can you put yourself in that situation, say a comrade was gunned down. Can you say you would not channel that rage into an upsurge of determination to get the SOB?

    • CogitoErgoCogitoSum Says:

      I dont know. But that is hardly the point. Do you think that emotionality and “animalism” is ever justified in a professional capacity? Particularly one that emphasizes justice as its key cornerstone? Can I exact justice for my fallen comrade at any hypothetical employ simply because Im a comrade? Or does having a badge give me a free pass to be held to that double-standard? Empathize? Yes. Tolerate? No. Can they empathize with the victims families while they are out finding vengeance for their buddies?

  5. morpheus2009 Says:

    Certainly some latitude is allowed for behavior based action carried out in the line of duty. Obviously, an officer should be redirected at some point. When is that point? I don’t know. Perhaps it occurs on a case by case basis. Do you think that police misconduct is as widespread as it was before cell cameras, texting, national media, etc.?

    • CogitoErgoCogitoSum Says:

      In the line of duty is one thing… in the heat of the moment is what you mean. I dont mind that in the slightest, within reason. But when the cops announce on the news ahead of time their massive manhunt for a cop killer… its not quite the same thing… and is more to the point of this post.

      Police misconduct? I could tell a story… one that isnt exactly a misconduct so much as a rigid interpretation of law. In my experience cops tend to be a bit… less than ethical (to be polite).

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