Where civilization meets disorder

Op-ed columnist David Brooks writes “Nothing excuses specific acts of police brutality, especially in the Garner case, but not enough attention is being paid to the emotional and psychological challenges of being a cop.” The information in his column will be familiar to students of policing but might tend be overlooked in many of the current debates about police misconduct and reform.


5 Responses to “Where civilization meets disorder”

  1. Ashley Says:

    Brooks makes some excellent points.

  2. Mike Ward Says:

    He does make some very good points but his last paragraph disturbs me. He is spot on with the comment: “Racist police brutality has to be punished.” Yet seldom do we find credible evidence that police are reacting to anything purely our of radical hatred or bigotry. They are often accused of that but seldom proved.

    Society needs to resolve the issue and stop looking at the police to do it for them. Enforcement is not popular. No one calls the police officer on the street to stop by for a cup of coffee and conversation. Maybe if they did, they’d find the police are pretty darn good problem solvers by nature. This makes me wonder where do we really need to go with all this? Humm……

  3. Gary Cordner Says:

    I think the last paragraph is acknowledging the core of the police role and what a difficult challenge it is.

  4. Gunther Says:

    Many people think that cops are the a — holes and the cops have done more than their fair share in conducting disorder in society.

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