Originally Posted by anomaly13
I also don't believe in respecting authority just because they are authority and will not teach my son to do such. All people should be respected no matter what but it has to go both ways and sadly in this society that is not true, I think police demand and feel entilted to respect because they wear a badge.
Respect is a complicated word. When some people say respect they really mean "obey
" others really mean "fear
" some mean no more than "talk politely
." I went and looked it up, http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/respect
, the dictionary definition isn't a single concise word either. I myself used the word "respectful" in my first post when discussing how to interact with police.
I think police officer deserve and should get respect for the exact same reason that a store clerk, waiter, bank teller, train conductor, flight attendant, etc, etc, all deserve and should get respect. I'm sure we have all had incompetent, surly, rude, or even out right racist (yes I've seen this) waiters. The reality of a few bad waiters, does not change my feeling that in general, waiters are nice people trying to do a hard job that is to serve me.
I've been arrested a few time; I've had police say rude and insensitive things to friends; I know they sometimes throw their weight around for no good reason, and act out of grumpiness. I have also been seated in the empty back of a restaurant out of view and been ignored while other customers came in, had their orders placed, were served their food, got the bills, and got up to leave.
I have also worked as a store clerk, and know what it's like when people don't show basic respect. When people think they have a right to cut in line, when people throw merchandise at you b/c they are unhappy, when people yell at you for not allowing their children to destroy the store's property, when people act all nice then shop lift, etc, etc. Now as a store clerk, the most we ever did was ask people to leave, and that power was used very rarely only after the most improper behavior (after all, stores want people to stay and spend their money); but of course police officers have more power.
The realities of racism, aren't peculiar to the police force, they are a generally encompassing thing. My general feeling is that all human beings deserve respect and to be treated in a courteous manner, until they personally do something to loose that privilege.