Joe Doakes from Como Park emails:
There’s a video of two Calumet County Wisconsin Sheriff’s deputies hassling a woman because her kids went to the neighbor’s house to play.
In response, the Sheriff posted this message:
The problem with both the video and the response is the attitude. This is the kind of behavior that gets people upset at law enforcement.
Look at the male deputy in the video. His tone is berating. His attitude is condescending. His body language is aggressive. The Sheriff says the Deputy is there to educate the mother, that the deputies were not there because of a violation of the order. But that’s what the deputies accuse her of – violating the order by letting her kids play at the neighbor’s house.
The male deputy’s posture and word choice is confrontational. He doesn’t educate, he berates. It angers me just watching it. He did nothing to de-escalate the situation.
The female deputy’s passive-aggressive behavior is little better. She doesn’t educate or placate, she’s there to document the contact for future prosecution because now the mother has been warned. And the mother was uncooperative! That’s going on her Permanent Record!
That is the sort of officious, snotty, condescending, infuriating behavior by petty tyrants that causes unrest, as in “unrest in the Middle East” or “another day of unrest in Northern Ireland.” People who can’t behave professionally in customer-facing positions should find another line of work.
Let me be perfectly clear for law enforcement and other people of limited intellectual ability: I am not calling for people to shoot cops. But if this woman had and I were on the jury, I’d vote to acquit.
There’s something about “public service” that brings the worst out of a certain type of personality – the kind wonderfully parodied by Rainn Wilson for nine years as “Dwight Schrute”.
Although this isn’t funny.