According to the description provided by Live Leak, “Springfield, IL – Springfield police have released body cam video showing how a domestic disturbance call last month got out of hand leading to the arrest of a city cop on official misconduct charges. The video shows Officer Samuel Rosario getting into a verbal argument with a 19-year-old man at the scene and then appears to show Rosario approaching and shoving the man. The two continue to exchange insults for a few more minutes, and then Rosario approaches him again and hits him. Rosario is facing battery and felony official misconduct charges”.
This hot-headed officer didn’t just blow his career, but he’s certain to be made an example of by a liberal, cop-hating judge. He’ll get himself a nice cold cell for the next ten years or so among the very criminals he frequently arrested. But that’s okay because this is how the law enforcement profession weeds out all non-hackers who lack the self-control and professionalism needed to do the job.
This cop should have known better than to get caught up in this thuglet’s potty mouth. Police work is such that there’s always someone trying to get an officer in trouble. If they can get him fired, all the better. Most cops who have spent any time on the streets realize this.
Any cop who’s going to last long in the business has to constantly keep himself in check. If a cop always has an attitude with the people he encounters, he’s more prone to mouth off and get himself written up or other more severe forms of discipline (‘days on the beach’).
Professionalism and integrity starts in the academy and never ends
When I was an FTO (Field Training Officer), I always taught any new officer I was training the importance of treating everyone with common courtesy and decency. No one, including cops, likes an officious and haughty officer who talks down to others. Far too many police officers forget they are called to both protect and to serve the people in their communities.
In other words, cops are servants of the public! It may sound strange to some ears, but it’s still the truth.
They are paid by the taxpayer, and they should never forget this. This doesn’t mean an officer has to be a doormat, but he should conduct himself and speak to people in such a way that he avoids the pitfalls of dishonor and unprofessionalism.
Yes, I understand that there are times which require an officer to speak in ways that people can understand in the form of raw or earthy language, but these should generally be rare occasions. It should never be the mainstay of how an officer talks to the citizens he’s sworn to protect.
It may come as a surprise to some, but a seasoned officer doesn’t even talk down to the criminals he arrests or detains unless circumstances dictate otherwise. There’s a time to set people straight (if it’s warranted). I’ve generally found, however, that when I treated criminals with respect and common courtesy, without rancor, they almost always reciprocated with mutual respect.
Most criminals know the cop is just doing his job, and so long as he doesn’t make it personal, the criminal won’t take things personally. Besides, the arrestee is sometimes more apt to give up important information if he feels he can trust the officer, especially if he senses that he’s been treated fairly.
It’s these simple realities of professional police work that this cop didn’t seem to learn. He’s now going to pay the price for his arrogance. I just hope he doesn’t drop the soap when he’s in the prison shower room.