I was watching some old Dateline NBC Chris Hansen "To Catch a Predator" re-runs on MSNBC and got a chance to see several different city and state police departments in action. Most of the departments across the country were as you'd expect... Authoritative and swift, but not excessively aggressive or physical with the suspects. I was surprised by two things: First, The Riverside, CA department was overly nice, quiet, civil and polite to the suspects. Common sense would've had you believe they were being too quiet and polite, possibly allowing the suspects to feel like they could get the upperhand. However, their arrests appeared to be the smoothest and easiest of all the episodes. They didn't have to throw anyone to the ground. They quietly told everyone to turn around, and they were able to handcuff everyone without resistance. Second, A Florida city (I forget the exact city) was nearly brutal with everyone. The FL dept. threw everyone to the ground and put knees in their backs or on their necks. They had multiple officers screaming multiple commands at once. One officer tore a suspects cellphone from his hand and threw it far away across the driveway. Several suspects had cuts and scrapes. What I assumed would've been an effective way of subduing a suspect suddenly appeared to be a horribly chaotic and messy arrest. Now, let's not confuse this topic of police procedures with the horrible actions of the predators/suspects on the show. I personally think they deserved to be arrested, convicted and thrownin prison. I was shocked during the follow-up info to see than so many of them only received 90 or 180 days in jail for their actions. Preying on children, they deserved so much more. However, this thread wasn't created to discuss them or their actions. I am trying to find out what makes certain police procedures OK in one city and not in the next. The show mentioned that "because of the ability to easily obtain a Concealed Carry permit in Florida, the police had to act that way." Not a direct quote, but a summary of their excuse... Really? Do the FL police throw every speeder and red light runner to the ground because they might also have a legal CC firearm on them? For half a second, I thought to myself, "Oh, that makes sense... wait a minute?!? That is total BS!" Police don't automatically get to brutalize the public because they are in a CC state?!?!? It's not the CC citizens they have to worry about, it's the illegal firearms they should fear! Oh, and the other funny thing about these two depts? Riverside had a 100% conviction rate of the men shown and the Florida dept had to drop the charges on two of the men?!? Surely a coincidence, not related to the way they handle their arrests, but still... I was shocked that the least aggressive dept came out looking like the winners. So, ultimately I ask, "Are Florida Cops really THAT bad? t what point do you NOT treat the public in such a physical manner?"