Take Me Somewhere Else
I’ve had just about enough of this “Police vs The Rest Of Us” as I can stomach. We have known, for far too long, that there are good cops and there are bad cops. There have been songs, movies, and tv shows about crooked cops. They’re everywhere. What makes them even more crooked is that they get to carry – and use at their whim – loaded guns.
I’ve seen my fair share of cops with attitude. Being a skinny, white guy with long hair, automatically the police think I’m on some sort of drugs. In my little town here in Florida, the cops pretty much know me. They’re the ones that don’t assume I’m on heroin and throw me an attitude when I ask them a question. I don’t do drugs. But there have been a few times I’ve encountered the condescending officers who immediately assumed I had just left my meth lab to talk to them. Their assumptions are completely wrong. Still, they have a loaded weapon on their hip that could severely harm me should they choose.
I, personally, couldn’t be a cop. Nor could I ever own a gun. Why? Because if someone pissed me off, my finger would be instantly pulling that trigger. So, as a sane citizen, I don’t possess a weapon. I just wish the same could be said about these police officers out there across the map. If you can’t handle your anger, maybe you shouldn’t be a cop. Some of them (not all) are bullies with what seems as a license to kill. And I just don’t find that very fair to anyone providing tax dollars to pay them.
My solution would be to find ANYONE, cop or citizen, who fires a gun with intent to end a life – with murder. Plain and simple. Is there any reason why a police officer has to shoot any human being six times, or ten, twelve…even fourteen times? Police officers train to shoot in a shooting range. One bullet to the leg or hip would stop me from running. If you don’t know how to aim, then maybe you should go back to the shooting range to get more practice. Beyond popular belief, being a police officer is NOT volunteer work. You chose to be a police officer. To protect and to serve. Maybe you all should start acting like you remember that part.
I get it, there are bad people out there. Some people just run over your authority as a police officer. I run an apartment complex so when someone trashes my authority (what little I have) I want to bash their heads against the wall. But I don’t. Because I have respect for their feelings and their rights. And because I’m not a bully, I stop to think that maybe I am in the wrong. There is always that possibility. People are going to walk in the middle of the street. People are going to sell cigarettes on a street corner. People are going to do illegal things. They, however, should go through the judicial system, not through the morgue. Cops already have so many tools to stop a criminal at their disposal. Batons, tasers, handcuffs, and dogs. A gun should be used as a last resort. Brutality on an unarmed man should never be a scenario anywhere. Multiple police officers to take down one unarmed man is extreme bullying.
Here are my solutions:
Police officers should show respect for everyone. Everyone! Not only the citizens they serve, but also their superiors. Just today I saw that hundreds of police officers attending the funeral of Rafael Ramos in New York City turned their backs on Mayor De Blasio as he was giving his speech because they feel the Mayor isn’t supporting the police force. Boo fucking hoo. The Mayor was elected by the people. You know…the people that the NYPD is bullying on a daily basis. The NYPD said they would arrest anyone who protests the funeral, yet here they are protesting. Maybe they should arrest themselves. They believe they’re being misunderstood and misrepresented, yet today their actions to the Mayor who employs them puts a very large stain on their complaint form. Of course the people are going to protest. Eric Garner was simply selling cigarettes to get some income. It wasn’t necessary for the NYPD to place him in a choke hold to end his life. That is murder. All the cops had to do was tell the guy to stop selling cigarettes…it’s illegal, dude. And the people with common sense know this. Just once I’d like to see a cop who commits a crime against the people fess up and say, “yeah, I fucked up. I deserve what I get.” Because he does deserve what he gets. Instead, what he gets is a get out of jail free card. Everyone knows there are consequences for our actions. Cops are not immune to that rule. Badges are to let us know who to turn to when it comes to issues of the law. Those badges aren’t supposed to rebound justice off those who wear them.
There used to be a time in my young life where I would run to the police, or call them, if I came across any trouble. I think twice before I even consider contacting them now. I wouldn’t want my neighbor getting shot twelve times because they’re parked in my parking spot.