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1. Do you have a duty to investigate legal activity?
If someone were to call and say that they saw someone walking down the street with a red shirt, are you duty-bound to investigate?
What if they have a fear of dogs and make a report that someone was walking a chihuahua right down the middle of Main Street?
I have no problems with an officer driving by to make sure no criminal activity is taking place, that's what the city, county, state pays them for.
I do on occasion have a small problem with officers seizing either my person or papers, possessions etc., (making a stop or detainment) with no reasonable suspicion that criminal activity is afoot.
2. Guns make me nervous as well, cops with guns make me especially nervous, (my brother is in law enforcement and I've observed weapons qualifications that he's conducted. Officers being confrontational with me make me extremely nervous since I know I'm not the one who's going to be shooting anyone. So that only leaves one other person in the conversation that's gonna be dangerous.
3. I wear a firearm for many reason, among them is to have the ability to defend myself and others. I don't wear one to show how bad-asked I can be to people. I also wear a firearm in order to 'normalize' the sight of openly carried arms and as an educational tool. I'd be happy as can be if I'm never confronted by an officer demanding that I justify being armed. Confront citizens for the right reasons.
If you are wearing a badge and going about hoping to show how big, how strong, how right it makes you, or how awesome you are, then you are stupid. ... mmm, does that sound 'confrontational'? I hope not, because I just wrote the same thing you did but changed it from 'gun' to 'badge.' Treat us with the same respect that you would expect to be treated and you'll get along here fine.
I know this is going to sound terribly impolite but, .....
Remember that the shiny badge on your chest only carries weight on the street. Here we are all equal; a badge carries no authority... but it can earn our respect.
4. Hey, thanks for conflating us with the drug cartels and murderers, classy.
I tell you what, unless I'm being detained for suspicion of a crime then you have no need to know who I am. Yes, it would make your job a hundred times easier, but I don't see that as my problem.
1. Do you mind being contacted in a casual manner?
Not in the least, I enjoy conversations with people. I don't even mind you asking me to produce identification...
Just hand over Two Pieces of picture ID (with a current residential address) first and you can have mine. I'll just hold onto yours while we chat, m'kay? (Does that give you an uncomfortable feeling? Why?)
2. Why not concealed? I will accept deterrence as a legitimate reason.
Legitimate reason is given then. I'm sure you've noticed that in most states it's 'concealed carry' that is regulated. Have you wondered why?
Could it be that the honest man has historically had no need to conceal?
Why do patrol officers wear shiny badges, distinctive uniforms and custom painted, visible patrol cars?
Wouldn't it be much more effective to police in civilian clothes? The bad guys wouldn't now who was carrying a badge and who wasn't, right?
And shouldn't all cars be unmarked? Someone speeding down the highway would have no way of knowing if the Honda CRV in the next lane was going to put on some blue lights and pull him over for going 11-over.
3. How do you want to be approached?
Unless and until you are prepared to go in front of a judge and articulate a reasonable suspicion of criminal conduct, leave me alone.
Do you respond to calls of someone carrying a gas can down the street, he may be on his way to commit arson.
Do you respond to calls of someone carrying a tape recorder, he may be on his way to wiretap someone and blackmail them.
Do you respond to calls of someone carrying a chicken, he could be on his way to an illegal cockfight, right?
Do you respond to calls of a old white guy walking hand in hand with a minor, black child? He could be kidnapping her
4. If you could tell a group of cops anything what would you tell us? I will pass it on to my co-workers and hopefully we can avoid stupidity on both ends.
I'd remind them of the Peelian Principles of Policing, especially these two:
"The police are the public and the public are the police."
"Police, at all times, should maintain a relationship with the public that gives reality to the historic tradition that the police are the public and the public are the police; the police being only members of the public who are paid to give full-time attention to duties which are incumbent on every citizen in the interests of community welfare and existence.