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I agree that being a police officer is a difficult job, and on any day a cop may be asked to make a life and death decision. But no person is infallible. Witness Portland Police Officer Joey Wild who was just sentenced to 6 months in prison for threatening to rape a 14 year old girl among other things.
The question is how do we oversee and control officers? The people of Portland want their police force to use less lethal force against children, the mentally ill, and people who are not really a threat. The police officers don't want Dan Saltzman or the police chief, or anybody to tell them how to do their job.
When you work for the public, you have to be accountable to the public. When your boss puts you on paid administrative leave for shooting children and killing the mentally ill, you have to accept that as part of the job.
Otherwise, who controls the police?
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