Video shows cop pull unconscious teen from burning car (ksl.com)

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118 comments submitted at 08:05:56 on Mar 13, 2013 by The_Old_Wolf

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  • The_Old_Wolf
  • 140 Points
  • 08:07:32, 13 March

We usually see videos of cops acting like douchebags. Those are the ones that get upvotes and eyeballs on advertising. What people don't often see is when a cop ends up being the only thing standing between an innocent (or even not so innocent) person and the grim reaper. Mad props to both these officers.

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  • Doc-Hopper
  • -40 Points
  • 13:09:00, 13 March

In other news: a McDonald's employee serves a Big Mac, and a Walmart cashier rings someone up.

Do we really need to post in r/News every time someone does their job?

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  • runklesaurus
  • 5 Points
  • 14:53:56, 13 March

Should we not celebrate when a doctor successfully transplants a heart? Or when firefighters put out a 5 alarm fire? After all it's just their job.

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  • Doc-Hopper
  • -3 Points
  • 15:14:57, 13 March

We don't. When was the last time you read about a surgeon saving someone's life?

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  • runklesaurus
  • 4 Points
  • 15:19:59, 13 March

you're hopeless dude

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  • Doc-Hopper
  • -2 Points
  • 15:25:26, 13 March

Oh please. I see people justifying cops' actions on here when they beat someone who is handcuffed or shooting a bunch of innocent people when they are on some manhunt for a teenager selling weed or something, because "it's such a hard job" and "they are risking their lives every day." Yet when a cop actually does do something heroic, it's "going above-and-beyond" because "it's not their job to save people." Well, which is it?

I really don't think it's me who is hopeless, it's these rah-rah idiots that don't even see how stupid their reactions to this story is.

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  • nxc5
  • 13 Points
  • 13:12:13, 13 March

I always hear it's not actually the job of the police to protect citizens, just to uphold the law. I'm not sure how correct that is, hoping I don't start some sort of argument with that one. But yeah I kind of agree with you, upvote too.

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  • Doc-Hopper
  • -5 Points
  • 15:20:34, 13 March

In that case, how are the police justified in going on these wanton manhunts and shooting anyone and everyone until they "get their man?" I always heard the stock PR response that they are "trying to protect the public."

It can't go both ways. Pick one.

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  • coryv217
  • 10 Points
  • 13:43:23, 13 March

I don't think pulling people from burning cars is in the line of duty of a police officer...

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  • Doc-Hopper
  • -10 Points
  • 14:05:02, 13 March

Why not? What are they supposed to do, in your opinion? Just write tickets?

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  • snarky_answer
  • 3 Points
  • 15:14:11, 13 March

Yeah actually, they are supposed to "police" the people. they are supposed to make sure all is in good order. They aren't rescue. Anything more than regular police work is beyond their call of duty. A police officer rescuing someone from dying doesn't make him an amazing officer, it makes him an amazing human.

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  • Doc-Hopper
  • -4 Points
  • 15:16:39, 13 March

Just saying that, does not make it true. The police do have an obligation to serve and protect people, and if at some point in time that obligation has changed, it should not be accepted "just because."

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  • CherrySlurpee
  • 2 Points
  • 15:24:59, 13 March

You do realize that something like this is what most sane people consider heroic, right? If a firefighter pulls you out fo your burning home, you don't thank him the same way you thank someone at McDonalds for getting you your cup.

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  • Doc-Hopper
  • -1 Points
  • 15:27:02, 13 March

Oh please. I see people justifying cops' actions on here when they beat someone who is handcuffed or shooting a bunch of innocent people when they are on some manhunt for a teenager selling weed or something, because "it's such a hard job" and "they are risking their lives every day."

Yet when a cop actually does do something heroic, it's "going above-and-beyond" because "it's not their job to save people." Well, which is it?

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  • snarky_answer
  • 1 Points
  • 15:44:15, 13 March

just because i happened to have this pointed out to me a couple days ago.

http://www.nytimes.com/2005/06/28/politics/28scotus.html?_r=0

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  • MyFishDied
  • 5 Points
  • 13:33:03, 13 March

This is a little more important than serving a Big Mac or ringing someone up at Walmart. This teenager could have burned alive.

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  • Doc-Hopper
  • -12 Points
  • 13:36:56, 13 March

In that case, it could have been anyone that pulled the kid from the car. It just so happens that it was someone that we pay to do specifically things like that.

If that's your rationale, that a cop's job is "important," then I'm sure you would have no problem firing and arresting any officer acting above their authority or acting in an unprofessional manner. You know, given the "importance" of their job and all...But I suspect that you look the other way when situations like that happen, or attempt to justify it.

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  • MyFishDied
  • 3 Points
  • 15:15:52, 13 March

You're looking at things in a very black and white way. With that being said, yes, I do think that any officer who is not doing their duty or who is abusing their power should be reprimanded and/or fired. If they did something illegal they should be arrested. Also, anyone could have pulled the kid from the burning car and if there was footage of it happening I'm sure it would have made the news regardless of who did it. My argument is that this police officer volunteered to do the job that he is doing knowing that he would receive calls to do things like this. Knowing the dangers of situations like this, as well as shootings or robberies, or other very dangerous incidents, he still shows up and still does his job.

Police officers get up in the morning knowing that they are going to have to deal with people who are not having the best day of their lives. They get dressed, kiss their family goodbye, and go deal with the worst parts of people's days. I understand that people get frustrated with police because some poor examples of officers have done bad things, or because they ruin peoples fun or arrest people's loved ones. There are just under a million police officers in the United States. It only takes a few bad cops to give all police a bad name just like with any big enough group of people there are bound to be a couple of assholes. I don't like any group of people to be represented by the worst among them, although it's very easy to focus only on the bad because everything else is either boring or it's "supposed to be happening".

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  • ramaksoud
  • 0 Points
  • 14:59:38, 13 March

Supreme Court has held the police have no legal obligation to help you.

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  • Doc-Hopper
  • -3 Points
  • 15:14:17, 13 March

Source? Also, why do we pay taxes, then?

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  • ramaksoud
  • 0 Points
  • 15:23:02, 13 March

http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Warrenv.DistrictofColumbia