Any presupposed notion that I have an axe to grind with the Po-Po is the plot line of your narrative, not mine.
In fact, what I'm about to
I know you think the public has turned on you. Whenever police are the worst conversations come up I often end up saying something
|Seeing an issue takes eyesight.|
Understanding an issue takes perspective.
And not just your own.
It's a mistake many of you are making.
Please! I implore you, stop looking at this as a them (civilians) against us (LE) thing. Yes, I know 20 times a shift you're getting lots of feedback that feels and looks very Us vs. Them. I swear to you, it's not. This is a You vs. You thing.
Being anti-cancer doesn't make one anti-people w/ cancer anymore than being anti-police brutality/racism makes one anti-police.
— BBG (@TheBigBrownGirl) December 22, 2014
There is no solution to the protests, side-eyes and criticism you're experiencing that civilians have any control over. None.
Think about it. Hands upping and #ICantBreathe-ing isn't an outcry for LE to turn into hug giving, daisy and crystal carrying softies. It's not about hatred for the police,
I hate to sound like I'm Monday morning quarterbacking, it's not my intention. It's also not my intention to be anything other than
Obviously, I'm not the arbiter of what legally constitutes an unjustified kill. But I have eyes. And common sense. And both tell me that with five? Six officers on the scene? There were other outcomes which didn't involve a man dead. As anyone with an internet connection can see this wasn't a time sensitive situation that simply stood no chance of de-escalating, where the only solution was going to ground and choke-holding, this wasn't a terrorist with a kill switch, this was a big ass guy selling single cigs on the sidewalk. Look. I get that like tango it takes two (or more) to escalate a situation. But I also get that it's a crims job to be a crim
If the protesters want no more than what your expectation of good policing would look like when applied to your family? Are you starting to see how this has nothing to do with them, and everything to do with how Team Us is collectively conducting itself?
Obviously, you are not responsible for any one other than yourself. Again, most reasonable people understand this. However, much like when you're working and you know who needs to get locked up, but you jusssssst need some wit to speak the fuck up to be able to start to fix whatever problem you've responded to-- You have to be the person to speak the fuck up in this situation, that is, if you wanna fix the sitch and return to your rightful place of being a looked at as the badasses you are, and not the bad asses we see played out too cringeworthingly often on the news.
Instead of reacting like protesters have some kinda unmitigated fuckin' gall being outraged, consider why they have so much to be outraged about?
Stop giving people ammunition to be used against you. If you don't want significant portions of the population to think you are a bunch out of control, bunch together to put a stop to out of control behavior. What you see that never makes the news, people can't even imagine. But look at the videos of late that leave nuthin' to the imagination... Eric Garner. 12 y/o Tamir Rice. John Crawford. Marcus Jeter. Levar Jones. Marlene Pinnock. Albert Flowers. Officer punching child ...You can't objectively look at those and really wonder how Team Them arrived at suspicion, anger and protest.
It is a great way to ensure hard feelings, skepticism and animosity.
It's a fantastic way to breed contempt in the communities you serve, and not with the assholes are never going to like you but with the solid citizens who want to have your back-- the people you count on the most aside from your fellow officers. You're moving the line from hard to almost impossible to back you for too damn many Americans.
It's 2014. There are cameras e-v-e-r-y-w-h-e-r-e.
Act like you understand that.
(Please Note: The threat of a viral video shouldn't be the
deterrent to dickhead deeds. Decency should be.)
As things are, and just so we're clear, here's where we are... One of my friends is also a copkid
Maybe I'm naïve, but I believe I think the tide can be turned. You just have to turn it. Bad apple practices, procedures and people gotta go. If your expectation level is that community members have to nut up and help solve a problem in their house/'hood, what would make the LE house/'hood any different?
A giant step towards nutting up and solving the problems at your doorstep? This:
As much as many of you would like this not to be a race thing. In large part it simply is. Look. Yes, racism exists in every profession. And if you aren't a racist, congratulations
|Denying something doesn't make it not so, or better. |
Acknowledging something doesn't make it worse, but it is the first step in fixing it.
I know you think this is a protest. But if you look it really is an intervention. As I glance at this long ass