To everyone who told me at some point during my discussion of the Gates incident that Gates got what he deserved for disobeying a police officer and treating him disrespectfully. I'd be interested in your take on this situation.
Given that we don't know exactly what the soldiers did in the alleyway, is what happened here in some way justified because public urination is a public nuisance? If the soldiers had told the cop to go to hell and been arrested, do you think that would have been a just result?
To be the idea that the police are public servants and can't reasonably expect to be treated much better than cab drivers or garbage collectors is a given, so I'm trying to get my head around the idea that police deserve some special deference and am curious about what limits people perceive that deference to have.
who doesn't know the race of anybody involved, FWIW, but would guess that they are all white given the last names of the parties involved and that it happened in Wisconsin, one of the whiter states in the union.