I\'m just a wondering about y\'all and cops? It seems like everytime that someone on here tells of a "negative" contact with a cop, 14 other people have to post their "negative" contact stories, along with someone who just has a bad attitude towards members of law enforcement in general. Now it's not a closely guarded secret that I'm pro-police and I'm getting ready to graduate from the academy so I can become a cop (hopefully a deputy). Now before I go off into rant mode, I'll post this disclaimer. I know there are bad cops (I used to be on one's arrest list) out there and there are just a few a**holes in the profession so I understand some of these problems. A cop is just like you and me. A man or woman who has the same worries in life, kids, house payment, car payment, so on and so forth. A cop is a human being. How many perfect people has anyone ever met? I haven't met one so why should anyone expect a cop to be perfect. A cop is held to a higher standard than most everyone else. A person wearing a badge and gun has to power to take away someone's freedom in a blink of an eye. A cop is expected to know this code and that code (look at the CA Penal Code and Vehicle Code sometime) and without prejudice or ill-will, enforce those laws even though they may not agree with the law they are enforcing at the time. A cop is expected to obey the traffic laws better than anyone else, but the citizen is quick to complain that they saw a patrol car exceeding the speed limit without the red or blues flashing, unknowing that the officer may be responding to a violent crime in progress and the officer forget to turn on the lights. How many of you (outside of the current officers) on here ever heard an 11-99/officer needs assistance call when the officer making the call was in dire straits? If you haven't, I suggest you do. It's one of the most bone chilling things I've heard and hope I never hear it again. The next time you see a cop flying down the road, think of all the possible situations that officer may be getting into before bitching about it. People seem to forget the sacrifices cops make. Did the NYPD officers on 9-11 think twice before entering the WTC? What about the countless officers who left behind a wife and kids and were killed in the line of duty by some scumbag? The righteous cop enters the profession not for the money, benefits or perks that go with the job. They were that uniform because they heard the calling of a special person who would stay up all day for court to make sure some scumbag went to prison and then stayed up all night on patrol, finishing with a pursuit of some jackass who had too much to drink or ripped off your buddy's car and then having to log overtime to do the paperwork. Yes, I have had my butt chewed by a cop for something stupid I did. Guess what, I friggin deserved it. I've also sat on the roadside cause the cop felt my car at the time wouldn't measure up to his safety inspection. I've also met some of the nicest people in this world while they were enforcing the laws I had broken. So the next time you have a "negative" contact with a cop, remember the circumstances why you had that experience and if you felt it was unjust, go ahead and make a complaint. Just remember though, that cop is just like you and me, a human being.