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Respect and fear the police

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Sunday, July 16, 2017

This letter is in response to an article by Lucas Simonds of the Times-Leader that was made available on Reflector.com on July 10. It concerns the graduation of the Ayden Citizens Police Academy. While I applaud the efforts of the Ayden Police Department to strengthen its ties to its citizens, I can’t really trust the motives of the Ayden PD entirely. And I’ll explain why in the paragraphs below.

While the Ayden PD has always treated me well, I have read too many Associated Press articles about many of their fellow officers from other towns who haven’t acted honestly or ethically. I challenge everyone to do their own research. Google “Gov. Beverly Perdue and NC State Highway Patrol Misconduct” and “Winterville Police Officer dismissed.” You’ll get a different idea of how some, but not all, law enforcement officers operate.

The officers of the Ayden PD want you to think that they’re clones of the friendly Andy Griffith of Mayberry. Yet, they still have a disparity of power vis-à-vis the average citizen. And while 99 percent of officers are great people doing a hard job, that 1 percent of bad apples with badges have the power to take away both your rights and your life. No other profession has that kind of power.

The badge and the gun a law enforcement officer wears means that they are more powerful than the average citizen. And they are more credible on a witness stand than the average citizen. I say that while law abiding citizens should respect all law enforcement officers, we should also fear them. This is because we never know if we’re talking to the good 99 percent or the bad 1 percent of the police.

SCOTT WILLIAMS

Winterville

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