Everyone who watched the video of the recent fracas between an off-duty Los Angeles police officer and a group of teens in front of his Anaheim home should be able to agree on at least one simple point. A little bit of kindness and decency — a central theme in Anaheim Mayor Tom Tait’s administration — would have avoided much anger and danger. But the incident also raises a more controversial question: Are police officers given preferential treatment even in off-duty incidents?
I work in a part of Sacramento akin to an outdoor insane asylum. Bizarre-seeming and potentially dangerous people approach me regularly, yet I’ve never resorted to such aggressiveness. Over the years, I’ve shooed away from my properties drug dealers and even teens walking across the yard. I deal with it politely, knowing that I’d get no special privilege if things turn ugly. Maybe a little more police accountability will lead to a kinder, more decent society.
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