Um, Officers? Since You’re Obviously Not Listening

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Consider this your official warning, You’re ALL under the microscope!  And it’s going to get a helluva lot worse before it gets better, so the sooner you get the memo, and at least appear to get with the program, the easier this is going to be for all of you.

It was the heavy handed and senseless death of George Floyd that kicked off this latest round of protests. But this time it was so over the top that it actually spawned a movement about reforming policing instead of just settling for getting justice for the victim. And in response, what did you guys do to put out the fire?

Oh jeez, I dunno. How about getting caught on video shooting a grandmother in California between the eyes with a bean bag? How about shoving a 75 year old man in Buffalo to the ground so violently that he cracked his head on the pavement, knocked cold and bleeding from the ear, and in serious but stable condition today. And just to top it off, why not knock some random guy who you don’t like filming your latest excessive force to the ground, cracking his head open and sending him right back to the hospital he works at for 7 staples to the gourd?

Please tell me, because I’d really like to know, how can you be so fucking stupid? Jesus, you’re cops, you should know better! Even pickpockets know enough to move to a different street when he sees a cop looking at him too closely, but you clowns insist in swaggering around like a bunch of outlaw bikers pulling into a one stoplight town.

And you’re only making it worse for yourselves. Atlanta just stiffened the rules for the use of body cams, and the penalties for having them off without authorization. Not only is the city of Minneapolis about to outlaw all forms of choke holds for use in the field,  ft you pissed them off to the point that they’re also writing a rule mandating that any officer on a scene immediately intervene if he sees an excessive use of force, or face sanctions him or herself.

It’s that last one that’s really going to hurt, because it potentially pits good cops against bad cops. And it’s not like I’m anti cop or anything, I come from a cop family. My grandfather and an uncle were both career Chicago cops. And personally, I honestly believe that the number of good cops far outnumbers the bad ones. But when department regulations put good cops at risk of losing their pay and bennies to a suspension, and that rap on their jacket, it’s going to lead to some friction in the field.

And do us all a favor, don’t start whining about citizen intimidation and harassment. Hell, it’s not like we’re hiding in doorways and behind cars, secretly following you guys around, and filming you in dark alleys or something. You’re pulling this shit right out in plain sight, and many times in broad daylight! If you hate the fact that every time you get out of a car to grab a coke from a deli, everybody on the street whips out their cell phones, consider the fact that it wouldn’t be that way if y’all hadn’t created the atmosphere.

Look, as a reformed smoker of 40 years, I know how hard old habits can be to break, believe me. But these changes are coming soon to a precinct near you. As the epicenter of the latest outrage, Minneapolis is the petri dish for these fledgling reform measures. And as long as they keep coming up with simple, effective, common sense reforms that can be put in place without legislative action, they’re going to do it. And once they do, other cities are going to copy them, and create individualized rules of their own, if for no better reason than to keep protesters off of their own asses.

This is going to hurt, there’s no question about that. Nobody likes being told that they have to stop doing something they’ve been doing for years, and do something else instead. But somewhere along the line, you lost sight of the fact that we are not the enemy, it’s the criminals who are the enemy. It’s time to get back to basics. Why not try this. When you don your uniform in the morning, why not try putting on a smile instead of an attitude? It couldn’t hurt.

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8 Comments on "Um, Officers? Since You’re Obviously Not Listening"

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nan
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Thank you for this I really think this should go viral because I’ve had great friends who have been cops and since I’m a person of color it has never mattered until we stated getting cops from other states.

Bareshark
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As others have said, Murf, I get the feeling that this is a last hurrah for those bad cops. Yes, it’s self-destructive, stupid and needlessly cruel in too many cases. But it’s been my experience with too many bullies in authority that the contact high from the power outweighs such considerations.

Tin woman1
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Yes, things need to change. Again. More.

mae
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The whole point was getting to do whatever the f they wanted to., any time they felt like it. Hopefully the fun will be over soon. All of the sociopaths/ narcissists/ psychopaths, will have to look somewhere else for their fun and games.

Michael
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Minneapolis is considering disbanding the entire department. I think it should, and the department should stay disbanded until a group of citizens, LED by minority citizens, comes up with a new structure from the ground up that prioritizes civilian rights and holds cops accountable from the moment they put their badges on. It is a privilege to be a police officer, and that privilege should be one that can and should be taken away the FIRST time an officer fucks with someone. I’ve seen enough video from today alone (filmed over the last 2-3 days) to make me vomit. Two… Read more »
beadlady
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Chris Hayes said what I’ve been saying. Pedophiles got the word that they could do their doody in the Catholic Church (among others) and not go to jail. We have the proof of that. Good priests / pedo priests with no jail time. White supremacists got the word that they could be full blown racists if they joined the military and police forces and not go to jail. Good cops / bad cops – how many bad cops imprisoned? Now with social media we’re clearer. They are exposed and things will be changing.

Bareshark
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Does seem to carry an element of societal acceptance that is frankly unacceptable. You also see that same pattern in those Duke lacrosse players from a few years back.

chris whitley
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Yes, I was noticing that after all this there were I believe at least six major violent encounters with police. What, are they stupid or what? I just don’t get it. And the Buffalo, New York incident has to take the cake. Although on the surface could be rattled off as a accident. The situation goes straight to the toilet when union gets involved. I thought the Union was supposed to protect you, not hang you out to dry.