GUEST APPEARANCE: Why Some Hate the Police | Geneva

Why do university professor James McCorkle, some members of the Geneva city council, a number of teachers at Hobart and William Smith colleges and others in society hate law enforcement? Each will certainly give you many reasons and explanations.

Let me try to make a few observations about law enforcement and the public.

A large majority of citizens have very little or no contact with the police. When they do, they don’t forget and will quickly tell you about the experience, whether positive or negative. A friend of mine, who I believe doesn’t trust the police, told me of his experience: “It was August 12, 1974. I was driving my dad’s super-fast Oldsmobile on Route 96 and Route 14 , and I was pulled over by Trooper Jones for speeding. Yes, I was speeding. He remembered the soldier’s name and the weather. People remember those meetings. If they believe they have been treated unfairly, they will give their opinion for an hour. For some of these people, all law enforcement officers are bad.

You may have a neighbor who is in law enforcement, a member of your community group, or a church member. You may have a family member in law enforcement. Have you ever noticed that they rarely talk about their work? It’s not because they’re shy about their job; they realize that people don’t understand what they are doing and why they are doing it. They also know most of the press and media and the radical “defund the police” element of our society hates them. Some people hate the police because someone they love has been arrested at their residence and taken to jail; 90% of the time a family member called the police. Often family members quietly thank the police for solving the problem, but you NEVER hear that part of the story.

People who hate law enforcement most likely have a long history of denying authority and fighting authority figures. Some did not have a father figure at home. Some of their homes have been destroyed by drugs, alcohol, abuse and divorce. When they entered school, they defied teachers and basic discipline. On the job market, they go from one job to another, not to get ahead but because the boss doesn’t know anything about it. On the other side of the spectrum, the elite – born of money and privilege – pretty much did whatever they wanted from an early age and were never told no. When the police are protecting the public and arresting criminals, the elite cannot deal with that; they have always been protected.

The font is not perfect. They make mistakes. Very few abuse their authority. They should be held accountable for negative actions. James McCorkle (Times, “Guest Appearance: Mismanaged GPD…out of control,” April 30) took his hatred to nuclear levels by ignoring union contracts, calling for the firing of the police chief and the entire staff. police department. It’s as stupid as this writer suggesting that all administrators and professors at Hobart and William Smith College should be fired if a faculty member bullies, intimidates, or perhaps sexually abuses or harasses a student.

Bob Raymer has worked in law enforcement in New York City, the City of Rochester, and Monroe, Ontario, Wayne, and Seneca Counties. He lives in the town of Phelps.