Code of conduct needed
in police confrontations
It is apparent that many times, the police have been blamed for actions that have resulted in violent confrontations leading to severe injuries and sometimes deaths of the police, citizens involved or even bystanders. When confronted by the police, respect should always be the first order of business. If driving, stop and do as the police request. If asked to get out of the car, it is not right to do otherwise. Danger occurs when the unexpected happens: failure to open the door to the police, failure to get out of the car when stopped and asked to do so, and aggressive comments and posture. Many confrontations the police face daily result from aggressive behavior on the part of the citizen: actual resistance, arguing and becoming verbally aggressive or trying to escape by re-entering a stopped vehicle.
There should be a written code of citizen conduct — not just one for police officers. This is the responsibility of our government starting at the state level. This code of conduct should be published and taught in our grade schools. We all have seen confrontations on TV where the citizen initiated the conflict, which ended in the death of either the police or the citizen. This is unacceptable.
Herbert D. Vogel.