Jess Cooke

Cases of police abuse, whether physical, verbal, or simply overstepping their bounds, are almost always situations that must be addressed and confronted. As citizens of the United States, we have a responsibility to fight against a growing problem of an overly empowered law enforcement culture that tramples on rights.

Unfortunately, that means picking the right fights. While we don’t know what happened prior to Jess Cooke taking video of her attack by border patrol officers that could have given them probably cause to detain her while waiting for a K-9 unit to sniff her car, we can see the events unfolding in the video that depict an inconvenienced citizen getting belligerent for no apparent reason. The officers were not abusive and were being patient as she continued to provoke them.

In the end, she was hit with a Taser after physically confronting one of the officers.

She acted as if law enforcement has no right to enforce the law. It’s situations like these that cause undue outrage. More importantly, they shine a bad light on the increasingly important movement to reel in law enforcement abuse. There are plenty of bad cops out there. There’s a thin line between fighting a corrupt system and fighting for the sake of fighting. This does seem to depict a righteous fight against oppression. It seems more like a spoiled, inconvenienced girl picking a fight that she was bound to lose and then getting shocked when she lost it.

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Cases of police abuse, whether physical, verbal, or simply overstepping their bounds, are almost always situations that must be addressed and confronted. As citizens of the United States, we have a responsibility to fight against a growing problem of an overly empowered law enforcement culture that tramples on rights. Unfortunately,...