Not all cops are monsters
No, not all cops are monsters. Some of you have friends and family who are cops that aren’t monsters. So how about you do everyone a solid and tell your friends and family who are non-monster cops to tell their cop friends to also not be monsters, just, proactively.
I’m sure many of the ones they’d tell would already not be monsters (great!), but when lives are on the line, you can never be too sure, so it might not hurt to be reminded.
When the police do something wrong, they investigate themselves. Let me type that bigger. THEY INVESTIGATE THEMSELVES.
Perspective? You got it:
I rob a bank, get caught, and am tried in front of a jury of BANK ROBBERS. Maybe not bank robbers I’ve worked with before, but a pool of my bank-robbing peers.
No, of course it’s not that cut and dry, but it *is* that fucking sketchy.
We’re seeing “paid administrative leave” far too often these days following fucking MURDERS. You get paid administrative leave when you have a doctor’s note or a baby, not when you FUCKING MURDER SOMEONE AND PEOPLE (albeit your own colleagues and possibly friends, which, again, is ridiculous) ARE TRYING TO FIGURE OUT WHY.
How about, instead of “paid administrative leave,” more training?
How about, instead of “paid administrative leave,” more concern?
How about, instead of “paid administrative leave,” less fear?
How about, instead of “paid administrative leave,” fewer racists?
How about, rather than jumping from zero to Lethal Force, consider your options?
Especially when you’re dealing with an unarmed person with his hands in the air that you outnumber 4-to-1.
There has to be accountability.
I used to work at a company that wasn’t in the business of protecting and serving, or that even came close to being associated with life or death scenarios.
A lady in our department fucked up too much, slacked off, didn’t give a shit, and was let go. No “paid leave” to investigate, LET. THE FUCK. GO.
You would think then, in an organization where slacking off or using poor judgement could very easily result in a DEAD HUMAN BEING that the repercussions would be at least as harsh as those in the flooring industry.
It’s too lax. People aren’t thinking. They’re shooting first because it’s easy at the time, because they’re scared, etc.
And I get it. I get fear. I’ve had a gun pointed at me. It’s scary as shit.
Ya know what I don’t see very often in these videos? A person pointing a gun at the cop. A person even having a fucking gun at all.
And, here’s the thing, I’m not anti-cop. I think (or would like to think) the good or at least average cops far outnumber the ones quick to shoot and worry later. That doesn’t mean it isn’t high time for reform to keep people guilty of things like speeding, having a faulty brake light, nothing, from being gunned down.
I don’t know how to fix it all and things will never be perfect, but, for starters, there has to be accountability. There have to be convictions. Cops are outright getting away with murder.
Simply the presence of consequences can curb actions. I would LOVE to rob Donald Trump, if even for only his watch, just because. Shit, I don’t even wear a watch.
But I don’t, partly because I was raised to not take something that doesn’t belong to me, and partly because I don’t want to go to jail.
That looming fear of getting caught and doing the time if you’ve done the crime.
I’m not seeing a lot of that with law enforcement. I’m seeing incredibly questionable shit go down and very few people having to own up to their mistakes. Mistakes that removed people from this planet.
Meanwhile, civilians, primarily black civilians, have a looming and justifiable fear of getting caught, for any (or no) reason, and maybe never making it home.
People say I wouldn’t understand unless I was out there, in the cops’ shoes, having to face danger every day, where every encounter is a judgement call, often requiring making a split-second decision.
No, I understand. Because every single time any of us encounters anyone, the decisions we make are judgement calls.
That said, what do you think would happen if I’m walking down the street one night, see a man lurking in the shadows several yards ahead, he looks at me as I pass by, or maybe starts to say, “’Scuse me, sir” to ask for money or something, and I, on edge, stab him in the stomach and he bleeds to death?
How do you suppose the rest of that scenario plays out for me? Think I’d get to keep my job? My house? My freedom?
Regarding this most recent case, I’ve heard it said that both families, those of the victim and the officer, will be ruined by the officer’s bad decision.
But I don’t know. Maybe the officer has a conscience and loses sleep and eventually her mind. But, unless she goes to jail for murder, her family’s probably fine, short of having to deal with her lack of sleep and possible depression, which means, at the very least, they still have her around.
Meanwhile, the other family, the victim’s family, the kids who have a void where their father used to be? Yeah, that is ruined, absolutely, already. Furthermore, any trust they may have had in the system is completely gone.
And the cycle continues.