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"I'm a cop. If you don't want to get hurt, don't challenge me..."

by Jerry Bader

I'm sure many will be offended by that headline. It caught me off guard when I saw it at the Washington Post and I agree with it. As I've mentioned several times on the air recently, an anti-government sentiment has led to a very strong anti-police mentality. This mentality, for some, has moved to the point where they feel justified in openly defying law enforcement. This is never defensible, even if you are correct in believing the officer is somehow out of bounds.

The reality is you'll have to seek redress at another time and in another place. There is little chance you're going to reverse a call in the field and you invite police action by trying. Yes, we give police the authority to deal with people who don't comply with police orders.

If those orders exceed their authority, we have channels by which you can protest. Unfortunately, IRS overreach and NSA fears have Americans believing they can register displeasure directly to a police officer and get satisfaction. They are wrong.

Photo credit: By Michele Ursino (Flickr: nypd) [CC-BY-SA-2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons