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You see a police officer. How do you feel?

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“Nervous,” was her answer to the dating site question. The only other response was “safe” and this is not how it feels! She took advantage of the “add an explanation” box:

I feel like I’m in the presence of a person with a gun and club who I can’t fully expect to be restrained by the same social codes as me. This is because cops have a privileged place in our society. People have a hard time seeing them as anything but competent and ethical. They’re understood as having been entrusted with a monopoly on the legitimate use of force. This trust is very basic. Violating it signals a disorder from within the so-called order that is often traumatic to confront. Because of that, they’re frequently supported by society, especially other police, when anyone says they’ve done wrong. Wouldn’t that make you nervous?


Written by Joe

November 28, 2012 at 1:04 pm

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