John Van Maanen’s Article on Police Interaction with the Public

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John Van Maanen’s Article on Police Interaction with the Public
John Van Maanen’s article attempts to break down the interactions between police and citizens into three main categories: 1) Suspicious persons, those whom the police believe committed an offense for which they can be arrested; 2) Know-nothings, who are either helpful, annoying, or naively ignorant of police procedures and laws; and 3) Assholes, those who are, well, assholes. That is, they intentionally put themselves in between an officer and his job, whether with good reason or bad. This could include a bystander challenging the authority or actions of a cop in dealing with a situation, a perpetrator who blatantly lies about his crime, or any other person who acts...
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..... in this video, and that, indeed, must occur in any professional police organization. Even the most blatant, violent, evil criminal cannot and should not be subject to any more force than is necessary to subdue him for transport to the jail. Anymore is a crime and puts the police officer in the position of judge, jury and executioner. This is the type of “hamming up” or “thumping” that Van Maanen speaks of without condemnation, which of course necessitates a “cover his ass” lie after the fact, by charging the citizen with disorderly conduct or resisting arrest. Thus, an extrajudicial punishment is compounded by a lie. Both do harm to police credibility and their moral authority, far more than might stem from a cop showing mercy or leniency.