Is it your policy...to routinely refuse to post comments that you don't agree with? It's your blog and I respect your right to do so, but I want to be clear on the point so I don't waste further time writing comments that never see the light of day.
Two days ago I left a comment on the video showing a cop versus an ex-boxer. From the tone of your remarks to others, I'm fairly sure you have the knee-jerk reaction most people do of supporting the police at all times - no matter what.
Without obscenity or any sort of personal attacks I wrote a very contrarian comment centered on the point that the police officer was man-handling the suspect initially for nothing other than speeding.
Hence my question: Do you routinely just dump comments from those you don't agree with?
Short answer is no, I dont. My blog if full of comments that disagree with what I say. Right now for example, I'll be reposting and commenting on a comment regarding the Euro not being a good idea since this reader believes it will go down with the dollar. I believe that the Euro will go up as the dollar goes down, so his opinion is the exact opposite of mine yet I think we can all learn from the different views and opinons.
I want to make this clear; as long as its respectfully written and intended on making a point rather than insulting or with an agenda that has nothing to do with the topic, I post every comment. Comments on politics explaining why capitalism is the work of the devil and communism/socialist is an utopia, or religious ramblings on why we’re all going to fry in hell, I wont post those either, and I do get them form time to time.
Of course, spam with advertising links gets caught by the spam filtering program, and I dont post insults or ramblings either. You'd be surprised, but sometimes people clearly write under the influence of drugs, alcohol, maybe they are mentally disturbed but the comments make no sense whatsoever. Those I reject so as to not disturb the subscribers with trash.
When cops posts come up there's often cop bashing. I've written and experienced cop corruption in ways you can't imagine, yet I believe cops are indeed the thin blue line between thugs and the good guys, specially those that can’t defend themselves. Cops in USA are nothing like the ones we have here. They don’t demand you money every single time they stop you like it happens here. Police officers in USA,(there's always exceptions of course, but in general) are people doing their best to do their job right. Its not exactly an easy job or a very well paid one. They often put their lives in risk do they deserve a minimum amount of respect for what they do with their lives. Yes, even if there are minimum amount of corrupt cops, the good ones sure deserve that.
One of the cop comments I erased, maybe it was yours, said that cops are worse than ordinary gangs members. Cops worse than gang bangers? If I were a cop, I would feel very insulted by this, rightfully so. There another police shooting video that I will post soon. The police officer simply gets shot to death because he can't bring himself to shoot the man he believes to be mentally disturbed. That man left a daughter and pregnant wife. Same thing when people insult those that serve in the military, I simply dont post those either. I know good people, some I consider friends, that serve in the military and they wont read any of that bashing in my blog, same goes for police officers.
If your comment was the one saying cops are worse than gang members, then that’s my explanation. I think you’re the one with a knee jerk reaction, mostly because you assumed the worse. The boxer you see being man-handled is a prize fighter (different from boxer mind you) and he’s mentally disturbed and had not been taking his medications. I assume the attitude and verbal exchange between the two, combined with reckless driving (how would you feel if that guy runs over your kid while driving his bike?) was enough for the police officer to consider him a threat and try to handcuff him as quick as possible.
Final note regarding videos. I post them to analize the outcome of a real world encounter. If in doubt about wasting your time or not writing a comment, ask yourlsef if you're questioning the role of the police officer or studying the confrontation objectively as a self defense situaiton to learn from.
Hope that explains the policy I use for comments, and that you understand what others (cops and military that read this blog ) may feel about them. Their usually not the sensitive type that will write complaning about feeling insulted, but they will get the respect they deserve in my blog.