Reply to "Why do people feel we are becoming a police state?"

When I was an LEO, I took GREAT PRIDE in what I did.  I worked in a small town where everyone knew everyone.  While other officers found a convenient place to 'hide' and wait on calls, I patrolled.  My Crown Vic was a 'nail magnet'.  I knew where every street and alley in town was.  Heck, as a part-timer, I knew more about my town than most of the full-time officers.  I wrote my share of citations and made my share of arrests (domestic violence arrests and child-restraint citations were especially rewarding).  I stayed on top of all state/federal laws and local ordinances. Most importantly, I knew the value of 'officer discretion'.  I was (still am) naïve enough to believe that I could actually make a difference.   

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