Yes, and there have also been several high profile cases involving law enforcement officers in southern California who have been charged for committing felonious acts over the past year as well. However, neither that statement nor yours has any type of connection or relativity regarding the positive and impressive experience that we had with members of the Ensenada Police Department.
Is the glass half empty or half full?
Interestingly, several of those who posted comments on the Baja Nomad website after reading my S.D Reader piece had a different response:
I am British ex pat and have lived in the US and Mexico for the last 6 years on and off.
I have to say I am infinately more impressed by the MEXICAN police than I am by the donut crunching overweight Police officers of the USA. Way more professional here on the south side if the border...
Forget your squeaky clean image of the US police ! The US Police are frequently - power mad - lacking in good judgement - lacking courtesy and professionalism. They demand respect and how dare anybody answer back or queston their judgement !
Often tazering people if they are seen to not be showing enough respect. Same goes for border control - jumped up beyond belief - doing a very ineffective job.
The press is full of stories of officers being heavy handed and rude (See Steve Darden Vallejo Police Dept. or Officer Hart Toledo). I have also lived and travelled all over the world. So far travelling in over 30 countries I have found the US police to be the least professional of all. The judicial system is equally defunct what with nonsense plea bargaining, ridiculous sentences for menial offences and the most ridiculous levels of overkill used in dealing with situations (I'm thinking of the armoured tank and Swat team that was sent to a teenager with an air rifle last year)
All in all - not impressed...AT ALL !
Ian Pike 4 p.m., March 9
Ian Anderson 2 p.m., March 9
Laura Cedergreen 12:30 p.m., March 9
Jeff Smith noon, March 8
Ken Harrison 10:30 a.m., March 8
Brandon Hernández 9 a.m., March 8
Ian Pike 8 a.m., March 8
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