Thursday, August 28, 2014

The Prophesy of "Hill Street Blues"

Middle of an essay by Glenn Reynolds, this pops out:

...I sometimes think the turning point was marked by the old cop show Hill Street Blues. Each episode opened with a daily briefing before the officers went out on patrol. In the early seasons, Sergeant Phil Esterhaus concluded every briefing with "Let's be careful out there." In the later episodes, his replacement, Sergeant Stan Jablonski, replaced that with "Let's do it to them before they do it to us." The latter attitude is appropriate for a war zone, but not for a civilized society.....

Ya' think??


John Mitchell said...

Want to be treated like civilians?

Act civilized.

Dad29 said...

Yah, like the ex-Marine who was filled with lead on a 'mistaken' SWAT raid?

Or the granny, similarly dispatched?

Or peaceful demonstrators who have AR's pointed at them?

Cops should act more civilized--and respectful, too.

Dad29 said...

Or you could be standing around in the Twin Cities:

Certainly "uncivilized."

What we have here is a lot of cases of COPS being "uncivilized."