Do you fear law enforcement officers?
Just a general question. The only way I'd feel really at ease around officers of the law is if I was one of them. Thing is, I perceive that many average citizens have some form of fear when it comes to contact with or being in the near vicinity to a law officer or police cruiser. So much so, that sometimes I think I get a bit nervous in those close quarters situations. Deep inside I know they are people just like us and there to serve and protect the law abiding citizen. What would be the underlying causes for one to be alerted as to the immediate presence of an officer while being an upstanding citizen? Is it the possibility that we believe they stereotype us or give some of us extra scrutiny for one reason or another? Is it because of the remote possibility that they are able to find something wrong about you or what you are doing even though things are alright? Is it because of a uniform, all the hardware, and their demeanor? I've been meaning to ask this question for over a week now and finally did it as I can't stand holding it in any longer.
Don't turn this into another LEO bashing thread as I think we've all had enough of that. I just would like to know your perceptions and feelings on this. Of course LEO are equally welcomed to state their views on the subject as I'd hope, and please don't take offense or feel you'll be defending some sort of position because I'm not suggesting anything, just conveying a point of view. Thank you.