When in the last 40 years did the police get to be the bad guys? Is everyone here an ex-hippie?
Not at all sir. I have several close family members who are Police. Also a retired Federal judge in the family who was once a Prosecutor. I am very sympathetic to the issues facing cops, from rookie patrolman to the captains and chiefs.
Nonetheless, it is my belief that because Law Enforcement is granted a great deal of power (necessarily so), we the people have a right to expect a great deal of professionalism in the use of that power.
An excellent analogy is an Air Force pilot who drops a bomb on the wrong target. He will have is actions reviewed in great detail. If it is found that he was negligent, he can be imprisoned. Negligent in this case meaning that he made a mistake that a reasonable pilot in the same situation would not have made, as judged by other Air Force officers.