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 How many times have you been stopped by the cops?
I have once....

 Got a ticket for something silly. Should I fight it in court?
I left a Walgreens at around 8:30 pm. I got 1/4 mile down the road, when this cop flies up behind me with his lights and siren on. The way he was driving, I thought it was an emergency, so I moved ...

 Should police always use handcuffs when arresting people?
I know they might need to use them for really violent people when they are arrested but any time I've been arrested I've never tried to run and always done what I'm told but still get ...

 I am 88 years old and have been let out of jail what do i do?
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 Can the police pull me over for no apparent reason?
I was pulled over by herts police they drove past me, turned round followed for a mile then put the the lights on. i pulled over gave them all my documents he took them to the police car came back ad ...

 If I dail 911 and tell the cops that there is a fight in progress to hurry up, when they show up at my home>
and ask me when and where the fight I tell them its too late the UFC fight is over they just missed it and it was a good one. Can I be charged with a crime?...

 I Was Attacked By A Little Kid On The Bus; Do I Have A Good Case?
I was sitting on the bus behind a mother and I guess her 3 year old son. Out of the blue, the little kid stands up on the seat and lunges towards me about to bite me in the face. My instinct got the ...

 Do you believe in the death penalty and/or tougher prison sentences for serious crimes?
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 Is against the law to frown at a police officer ?

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 How fast can a police car go?
And do police cars in California go faster than those in other states (I heard some california highway patrol cars are mustangs, that's why I'm curious)?...

 How come police can pass you when you are driving the speed limit?
I was driving today and this State cop passed me just so he could drive faster than the limit. No lights, no siren, just to cruise faster tahn the limit.......

 If i overtake traffic in a 30mph limit how fast should i go?

 Why do Black people commit 375% more crime then White people do.?
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 What's the easiest way to get somebody into jail ...??
i want to put a guy in jail but i need to catch him doing something illegal...but what?
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 Lied about my age?

I told them at the pool I was 16 and from Nelsonville. But I am 20 and from Glouster. What kind of punishment do I get? I saved 50 cent.

I got caught but not arrested, the ...

 Noisy neighbours?
If I want to phone the police to report noisy neighbours late at night (ie: now) is it best to call the local station or 999?
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i stole some thing from a shop a psp game what if the police find out what should i ...

 What are the chances of getting the scumbags prosecuted?
I got home from work today to find someone had knocked our wall down - I have a fair idea who's responsible.
I've reported it to the police, and got a crime number (filed under ...

 Who thinks there should be a law against 80 yr olds driving?
There would be less accidents I think.
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Good idea TheOracle, I'm 17 so I woudl barely make it!...

Why do some police think they are above the law?
owning pepper spray is illegal for normal people so why do police have it? and some police abuse the fact. My neighbour was assulted tonight by 2 police officers he was choked, punched, kicked, handcuffed then while on his knees with a knee in his back was sprayed with pepper you may say he must of been violent well as i witnessed it for my self (bare in mind i don't like my neighbour so not biesed) his only crime was to refer to them as tossers i think this is an abuse of there powers please disscuss also any advice for my neighbour as there was just no need.
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my neighbour was in bed when the police knocked on door he got out of bed went to window ask what the prob was the police said he had called them and he knows neighbour his name is john got his dressing gown on went downstairs opened the door explaned no one had phoned and to check their facts they then said a 13 year old had phoned over domestic john has 2 sons 7and9 and his wife who is not 13! now this is when he called to his wife to come down and see the "tossers" now i must say the above events are from john i was not there so can't say if it is what happened what i will say is the walls are very thin and i did not hear any shouting or arguments during day but did hear john shout to his wife to come see this is when i played nosey neighbour and opened front door to see police shouting at john then storm in. like i say i don't really get on with him mainly because he is outspoken and i find him rude now the other point i did say SOME police

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l your neighbour to file an assault charge as it sounds like they overstepped the mark. some have power trips

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Joan el guiri
The English police are out of control.

They even admit publically to being institutionally racist and homophobic.

They refuse to reorganise when asked to by the Government.

Again and again, we hear that their own statistics say that they are stopping a higher percentage of black kids than white...........Blacks are only about 10% of the population.!!

Look at the way they went for the head of the black police group, wasting millions of pounds hounding him and fixing him up.

Oh! Black police. The guy is Iranian. In Vorster's Racist South Africa, Iranians were white! But not to the English police.

They really are the 'filth'.

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Kenneth C
Carrying a concealed weapon is also illegal without a permit. And yet I do everyday....Why? Special laws in place for place governing equipment for police and such.

As for you neighbor, wasn't there, no idea.

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I think the police are way above the law! for example a few weeks ago a mate of mine got away with brass knuckles cos the cop didnt want to go home later than his shift should end! (North West London) Anyone that does not believe i was with him and 7 other witnesses. Generally i will admit i have been arrested several times, without any resistance and never got a knee in my back etc... even got to smoke in the CID car on the way to the Fed station. But yes most police are crooks but its a stereotype, not all are.

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daniel j
becuase they almost are the ways things are going they probaly will by above the lar soon

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Sharon Abbott (Y&R) Must Die
My friend, it's all about wanting authority and power, and trying to prove something to society for these kinds of officers. That sickens me. The only groups of police officers I care about are those who care about others and want to help them, assist them (a big part of what law enforcement should be) and who go into this respectable profession with a desire to give back to the community.

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Steven C
No one is above the law you are just mad that you got pepper sprayed.Don't say it was your neighbor when it was you. How do you get a knee in your back when you are on your own knees? It is spelled biased not how you spelled it. I would have kicked him in his face to as he resisted arrest.

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There is always someone who thinks that they are above the law but most police love the law. Your friend should not have resisted arrest. If he were not guilty he would go with them and get it straightened out. Yes police carry pepper spray, knight sticks and guns because they are out there putting their lives on the line. The only people I know that hate the police are law breakers.

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David C
So basically you are just a third party observer with no insight on what actually happened but still decide to drag all the uniformed law enforcement officers (good or bad) through the mud in the public eye.

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OH MY GOD! that is beyond harsh. I definitely think police abuse their power these days. Some even put on their sirens just for an excuse to speed!OH MY GOD!!!!!!! they did this just because they called him a NAME!!!!!! i get called tons of things like that on a daily bases!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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rajan l
Police everywhere are brutal. In India the police force are still bad and has the same rules made by British when they ruled India. They even kill people in 'encounters' and while in lock up the suspects will be beaten and killed and shown as 'suicide in lock up'.

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well you are right SOME cops do think they are above the law, but not all .. some are really good people who got into that profession because they have a genuine care for people, and then there are the total assholes who use this little badge to degrade some..

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Have a look at this site look under savages.


The people who witnessed this attack by the police are raising a class action against the police.

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Cops aren't immune...there are a LOT of people who think they are above the law. Does the name Paris Hilton ring a bell?

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You lost me, what the hell is a "Tosser"??

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Psycho Dave
If this is the case you must go to your neighbour and go to the head of your police force and make a formal complaint and report the situation you will get the full attention of the head of police as they hate complaints against the officer of there force don't let him palm you off with his smooth talk ask for action and have them charged they get away with murder and need to be shown we have rights as well do it don't let it be swept under the carpet and let them get a way with it i think you need a customer charter form Dave
P.s they have the power to use forcible measures in an arrest but not to bully the public most copper are jumped up little **** holes who used to get bullied at school and now it is pay back time for them not all of them though there are some good ones

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Some cops think they are above the law for the same reasons half of the population of the United States does.

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Rhode Island Red
Well first of all, the police were responding to a possible domestic violence call from a residence where a child called in correct? These are the most violent calls because police don't know what to expect when they arrive. Your neighbors name calling and rude attitude probably antigonized the police and made it very very difficult to do their job. I doubt all these things happened to your neighbor but if he was unruly and out of control, the police have every right to detain him to protect themselves by whatever means necessary.

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They used to shoot idiots who gave them trouble at least it was pepper spray why were the police there in the first place sounds to me from your story he beats on his wife so maybe one of the boys called the police to protect the and there mother perhaps a month or two in jail would help your neighbor you couldn't pay me enough to be a cop the crap they see and go through isn't worth it what would we do if we didn't have law and order not saying the law is perfect but we sure in the heck wouldn't have any luxuries we wold be living like animals more than we are know look how they live in Iraq would you really want to live this way think about it!!!!!!!

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you sure have a great imagination

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there not above the law, they ARE the law

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Tell him to try getting hit by a Tazer next!

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Captain Sarcasm
Perhaps your neighbour should show some respect and not go around calling people "Tossers."

You forgot to mention why the Police were talking to your neighbour in the first place. I wonder is there more to this story than you have written?

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Judging by some of your comments and phrases i think your in the UK.

In the UK They don't have pepper spray. They are issued CS gas a different substance.

The police have LAWFUL authority to carry CS the public don't its that simple.

Also the police can use force necessary to effect an arrest and any of there equipment to effect that or defend them selves simply you play hard you go down hard no pis$ing about, you play easy its all nice as pie..

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candy g
if he was stupid enough to call them a tosser then I would think he was not being very co operative period.

SGT D a tosser is an English word for a w a n k e r....by that I mean most Brits use that term for meaning a w.........


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El Scott
Owning OC Spray (pepper spray) is not illegal especially for LEOs. You can buy it in any stop and rob.

Your neighbor probably failed to comply, resisted arrest, and general behaved badly.

If your neighbor wants to file a complaint he should speak with the supervisor on duty about this. If the officer's agency is like mine there will be a use of force report filed and an investigation into the force used anyway. Since you were not sprayed or subjected to soft or hard hand techniques you have no complaints.

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To answer your first question police have pepper spray for their own protection, just like they have a metal baton. And may I add rightly so. The response officers should also be issued with Taser, and in due course this should happen.

As for punching, kicking and gassing someone for calling them a tosser then obviously no. However the chances are that when they arrested him for disorderly behaviour or being drunk and disorderly he became violent. Now my opinion on this is that you use reasonable force and reasonable force only. If that means you have to baton someone then so be it. In 11 years I've only ever used gas once and never used my baton.

I for one can't afford to lose my job for a moment of stupidity.

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? Stormy Weathers?
THEy are trained to use their equiptment...do you complain millitry people get to use tanks and assault riffels????are you really upset that you cant have pepperspray??ok..soo. ..here is what you do. go down to your local taco bell grab a packet of fire sauce and there you go..you have legallized pepperspray

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Dog Lover is right, when I was in law enforcement the only perps that got tuned up were the ones that would fail to comply with a lawful order during an arrest, the amount of force used was enough to effect the arrest. I also as well as my partner went home with out being hurt.
The police are not being paid to get hurt.

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Dog Lover
You know what I have figured out in my 24 years as a cop? People who comply with the law and the orders given to them by the police never, ever, ever have to have force used on them during an arrest or control situation.

Remember this... the police can use all necessary force to effect an arrest.

Act like a idiot and you are going to get the full police tune up.

Just giving you what you came for. Ask for the full service and you are sure to get it. I am going home unhurt every night. It is up to you if you want the same.

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