Darren Redding was angry. Not just the right amount of angry, but really angry, and he decided to let the target of his anger know about it. The target was CopBlock, and so he left his message at their Facebook page:
Your page is pathetic and offensive. The pictures you post and the comments you make seem like you’re trying to incriminate and deface ALL police officers, when 99% of them are great at what they do, it’s the 1% you should be posting about, not the vast majority you pathetic, ignorant, liberal pussy.
You’re just like all the liberals striving for gun control because the actions of a few, insane individuals are fucking it up for the other 99% of gun owners who are responsible with their weapons.
Or let me put it into perspective for a drug using, liberal, hippy pussy like yourself: 99% of people who smoke pot do it responsibly and safely, but 1% of the people who use participate in violent crime, or crash their cars when theyre high and kill others or themselves, but I don’t see you posting about how ALL pot smokers should be punished.
If you were a law abiding citizen you wouldn’t have any problem with 5-0, but something tells me you were probably being a jackass towards a police officer and you got what was coming to you, and that inspired you to make a page giving a bad name to all law enforcement.
You might as well bad mouth the military and veterans like myself because of those marine scout snipers that pissed on some dead Taliban a few years back. According to your logic that means ALL active duty and veterans are heinous heathens right?
You’re a fucking bitch and I hope some cop beats your ass next time you’re “protesting” or filming them or whatever. In fact I’m about to start the training academy for the washoe county sheriffs dept in reno, Nevada and I can’t wait to deal with punk ass bitches like you. I would beat your fucking liberal ass just for the sheer joy of it.
Suck my fucking dick you waste of breathable air, you should have been aborted. But I guess your mother was a dumb ass waste of life like you. You’re the reason that there’s no hope for the human race, I can’t believe people like you exist, if I had my way, there would be another holocaust with camps and gas chambers full of fucking cunt scabs like you.
I hope you die
Redding isn’t a cop. At least not yet. But he was studying to become a cop for the Washoe, Nevada, Sheriff’s Department. Given the direction he chose for himself, his affinity for, and concern about, the way a site like CopBlock viewed police misconduct is understandable.
But did he persuade you? As Tim Cushing writes at Techdirt:
What’s amazing about Redding’s post is the sheer amount of violent imagery deployed. Not content to merely “beat” members’ “liberal asses,” Redding escalates it into Godwin Territory by wishing a “holocaust with camps and gas chambers” on Cop Block’s 90,000+ fans and members.
No matter how well Redding thinks of himself, his argument, his point, this rant makes clear that he is neither psychologically nor intellectually suited for service in law enforcement. If he can’t keep his cool on Facebook, then the stressors on the street don’t bode well for a career of protecting and serving.
This is the guy who will shoot the first yapping dog he sees, or snap at the kid who doesn’t bow to his authority. The time bomb already went off, and he’s not even a cop yet. No, he has no future as a police officer.
Before you pat yourselves on the back for not being Redding, consider whether that’s as accurate as you want to believe. Reading all the comments submitted here, including the many that never get posted for others to see, I know how many readers share Redding’s anger. I know how many of you think the solution to the problems of police and prosecutorial misconduct is to pick up a gun and show them that you won’t take it.
All cops are criminals.
All cops suck.
If a cop ever tries to do that to me, he better have his vest on because I’m coming out shooting.
They’re armed thugs, and they deserve to be treated like the scum they are.
And worse. Then there is your own Goodwin territory, where the police, prosecutors and judges are compared and contrasted with Nazis, the Holocaust and fascism. No, you won’t see such comments on the pages here, because I won’t allow it. Nor will you see backlinks to hate websites that suggest such an approach, because I won’t allow it.
First, these “beliefs” aren’t true. No, I am not interested in a debate on this point, and won’t allow it to happen here. These are ignorant, simplistic beliefs. There are bad cops. There are good cops. There are cops who are good at one moment, bad the next, then good again. Reductio ad absurdum doesn’t fly here, because it makes people stupider.
But frankly, it’s neither my place nor business to tell you what to think. If you want to be simplistic and ignorant, then do what you have to do. Not here, but whatever. However, you should give whatever limited thought you are capable of to this:
To the extent we can make any headway breaking through the wall of the “us versus them” attitude of police, the “end justifies the means” attitude of prosecutors, the “go with the odds, and the odds favor the cops” attitude of judges through the use of reasoned argument and evidence, particularly given the ubiquitousness of videos that hadn’t been available to make the case until recently, you mindless, knee-jerk, simplistic haters ruin it.
Just as Redding’s rant not only failed to convince anyone of anything, but instead confirmed antagonists’ belief that people like Redding are dangerous nutjobs, the same happens when you do it. Those who can be persuaded to see the precipice of misconduct and abuse are scared away from the edge, run back to the safety and comfort of their norm, and leave not only unpersuaded, but confirmed in the belief that those complaining of abuse and misconduct are just a bunch of angry, hate-filled, ignorant, simplistic malcontents.
Is that what you hope to accomplish? If not, then don’t be like Redding. You’re no more persuasive than he is.