New wave 'assaults' on officers?                       ;)

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traffic stops in Missouri bring drivers to tears
http://www.cbsnews.com/news/sheriffs-deputies-kindness-brings-drivers-to-tears/ - December 12, 2014 - By STEVE HARTMAN

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I am sure the two policeman that were murdered in New York recently would agree this is a better type of assault than what they got.
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Yeah (and so many other examples), yet...
hug at a rally in Portland, Orehttp://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/crying-boys-hug-with-police-officer-becomes-one-of-the-most-shared-images-of-ferguson-protests-9894878.html -  21 DECEMBER 2014
...the boy’s mother Jennifer Hart wrote on social media that her son had been struggling with issues of police brutality and racism.

"Devonte struggles with living fearlessly when it comes to the police and people that don't understand the complexity of racism that is prevalent in our society,” she wrote, according to The Oregonian.

“He trembled holding a Free Hugs sign as he bravely stood alone in front of the police barricade.”

She said Officer Barnum approached Devonte, extended his hand and asked him questions about school and his plans for summer.

“Their interaction was uncomfortable at first. There were generic questions […] but the one that mattered hit straight to the heart. He asked Devonte why he was crying.

“His response about his concerns regarding the level of police brutality towards young black kids was met with an unexpected and seemingly authentic (to Devonte), ‘Yes. *sigh* I know. I'm sorry. I'm sorry.’  The officer then asked if he could have one of his hugs.”

Barnum told AP he had spotted Devonte's "Free Hugs" sign on the ground and asked if he might get a hug as well. He said Devonte then embraced him.

"Knowing how he struggled with police, his bravery and courage to catch my eye and approach me were impressive," he said. "And it's a blessing for me that I didn't miss an opportunity to impact this child."
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Picture this: You’re out in snowy weather trying your best to finish up your Christmas shopping when, all of a sudden, you get pulled over at a traffic stop. Your day is about to go from bad to worse, right?

The residents of Lowell, Mich., knew something was up when the police officer who pulled them over was unusually chatty. Instead of asking the usual questions about speed limit and brake lights, the officer asked about their kids—specifically about the items on their Christmas lists.

Everything seemed routine at first.
Appreciation in Lowell, Michigan, a two way streetNeedless to say, the Lowell police got a few positive responses.

Watch the full video @
http://www.dailydot.com/lol/police-give-gifts-not-tickets/ = BY TARA MASTROENI -
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They're all good examples of the other side of the news subject. It's not clear at all what difference any of the interactions will have except to help slow and possibly stop the spread of unrest specifically towards the officers involved in the "new assaults". If so, the interactions are good things in themselves.

It's unfortunate that they probably won't affect the general news nor overall reactions to any claimed "brutality" acts.

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Law Enforcement Appreciation Day created to honor police
- By Becky Metrick - 01/08/2015
PENNSYLVANIA >> A day was put forth this week by police organizations to celebrate Law Enforcement Appreciation Day on Friday.
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I tend to agree in that this can be a 'neighborhood' thing, local, and all localities likely to adhere closer to some semblance of status quo, reluctance to change (or fear of change).

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