I put this in the philo and debate section not because it will get heated debate (although it's quite possible it will) but because it really begs the question, what is ethical?
In the thread started about OJ, a secondary conversation started up (and was rudely cut down) regarding police brutality and how specifically the LAPD is viewed.
Recently, we were told about the body dumps on Skid Row that the LAPD can't seem to manage stopping.
Now, we have the infamous video of the LAPD tasering a college student because he refused to leave (someone posted this in a thread somewhere...dys?)
Am I singling out LAPD? Damn straight I am. They have gotten by far the most publicity from being caught on tape brutalizing civilians (deserving?). Rodney King anyone?
I wonder how we as citizens are expected to trust and honor these men and women when we are constantly shown things like this. God help you if you are a minority and get caught doing something you shouldn't be. It seems that minorities are singled out more so than whites. Maybe I am wrong, so if anyone has statistics please provide (either for or against my position that minorities are picked on)
I know there are good cops out there. There are men and women who risk their lives every day to save the lives of others and it sucks that they get a bad rap too. But the fact remains that there is a large percentage of police who brutalize and severely injure or kill the people they are sworn to protect.
I know I'd be afraid to protest. Or try to preserve my rights as a human being around a cop.
You might get your ass beat or tased or worse. Is tasing someone once, ethical? Is shooting an unarmed 14 year old boy, ethical? Is beating an innocent bystander at a protest, ethical? Is not immediatly taking measures to stop the dump of patients on skid row, ethical? Are the police forces in this country acting ethically some of the time, none of the time or all of the time?
What do you think?