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May 1st, 2015
01:42 pm


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Probably some sensible distinctions
A philosopher distinguishes between cathartic violence, tactical violence, and looting.

He's talking about violence associated with demonstrations, but I'm thinking about the tactical/cathartic distinction for police. I've seen people defend police for using violence against disrespectful people, and the arguments seem to be more along the lines of "it's unreasonable to expect the police to just endure insults" rather than "insulting the police is an offense against public order".

Link thanks to vvalkyri.

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Date:May 1st, 2015 07:23 pm (UTC)
For the record, any police officer who cannot reliably endure insults without responding to them with violence ought not be assigned to precincts with civilians in them.
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From:Douglas Scheinberg
Date:May 3rd, 2015 05:33 am (UTC)
Seconded. "Deal with angry people as peacefully as possible" is literally part of the job description of many things, and is obviously very important when the job involves carrying weapons. It's certainly not ridiculous to expect a police officer to be held to the same standard as the guy at the customer service desk.
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