CLAIRTON, PA — An evening excursion for ice cream resulted in a teenage girl going to the hospital in a neck-brace, after police found her in public just a few minutes past the government-imposed curfew for minors.
ROANOKE, VA — A wheelchair-bound man was taken to the ground face-first and handcuffed because he rode his motorized scooter on the shoulder of a road against traffic, the way pedestrians are legally supposed to. Police impounded his scooter and took him to jail.
A pharmacy screw-up led to the violent arrest of both an 83-year-old Army veteran and his 76-year-old wife.
HENRY COUNTY, GA — A group of children building a tree fort in a wooded area near their home were accosted by foul-mouthed, gun-wielding police officers who treated them “as if they were robbing a store.”
Police claim they have no resources to help locate a missing person, but instead ticket the volunteers combing the state park.
NEW MEXICO — All new police cadets will be trained to use more deadly force, thanks to a new curriculum by director of the state’s Law Enforcement Academy. That training emphasis will take place in a cadet program that has been shortened by six full weeks.
PICKENS, SC — When a woman went to the police for help, she was unexpectedly arrested and charged with a crime: failure to return a movie she rented back in 2005.
FREDERICK, MD — New details have emerged of the death of a mentally handicapped man, killed inside a movie theater in January while wearing police handcuffs. The official cause of death was asphyxiation, and an autopsy has revealed that the man suffered a peculiar injury — fractured throat cartilage — which one expert says could only have been caused by force of some kind. Force, which could have included a direct blow or manual strangulation. The officers still remain on the force, and many questions remain.
I got to thinking about the great gulf that separates the law enforcement profession that I knew as compared to the one that exists today. I never thought I’d be one of those geezers that says, “I just don’t understand this younger generation today!” But the fact is, I am, and I don’t. I offer this retrospective and comparison: