- Apr 7, 2013
When I said you can quell the situation I was referring to you controlling your own behavior to help diffuse the situation. As I said if you are upset and wound up then you can quell it by calming down. We've all seen the videos of the LAC getting angry and upset and either yelling or arguing about something. In those particular situations , especially if the officer is asking you to calm down, the. By calming down you again can diffuse the situation.
I agree 100% that the officers should be professional and should not be screaming swearing belittling etc. For no reason. Sometimes a raise voice is needed jut as sometimes a swear words may come out in speaking but it gives no excuse to belittle or berate or scream at someone for no reason.
You, sir are completely mistaken, and I wonder at your ability to see the truth. NO citizen in a legal stop can do anything to quell the situation. He has no power. He can remain calm and HOPE the officer has not just had a hostile encounter. In fact, being TOO CALM is a recipe for getting jerked around by the emo-driven officer.
Second, if you have someone dead to rights you don't need to scream or yell. You just calmly put the cuffs on and take the person downtown. When you do NOT have the person dead to rights, (you have insufficient RAS or evidence) is when the LEO gets into the yelling and screaming and using foul language, because he's frustrated and knows he can't really do what he'd like to do. In fact, most of the time, maybe 80% he knows he has no right to search the person and he knows he's going to turn up empty, but because the 20% that have some contraband is a BIG score for him, he's willing to trample rights and figure he'll get away with it.
You say 'it's no excuse' SINCE WHEN does a LEO need and 'excuse'? He makes his own opportunity and if all else fails, the 'smart LEO' will make the person take the ride and 'get him' by making him sit and think, scare him/her, or make them pay to get out of what shouldn't have been a stop in the first place.
Ask yourself how many times have you done things that you would not have attempted if the person's lawyer was right there and filming. I hope you're not going to say 'never'.
Have a good day!