I have worked with police officers from 2002-2017 in a profound and personal way. I know cops. I have had them in my training classes, I have counseled them, I’ve been the person who taught them how to speak with citizens during a hostage situation, and I’ve been part of the group to fine their release back into active duty after an episode. I know what they deal with. I have had them in my home, dined with them in their homes, some I called best friends once upon a time. My kid has played with their children. I know cops.
When I tell you that the continuance of execution style killing of black males is not acceptable and must stop, I’ve earned that opinion honestly. And if you’re of the belief system that there is no other alternative to deal with these situations, then you are my problem and I am taking you to task right now.
The pre-season NFL game this week revealed more players carrying a knee to protest police brutality and the tarnished, embarrassing idea of the National Anthem as a point of pride for a country who does literally nothing to honor the intent of that song.
The dishonoring of the National Anthem is going on every day–but not by NFL players or African Americans… but by our agents on Capital Hill, the White House and our police stations.
This is no longer safe or ethical on any level. The Blue Code is by now something along the lines of a cult when enacted this manner. Once upon a time, police needed the support and the protection. That’s no longer true. Police aren’t trained military. They are not expected to throw themselves on a grenade on your behalf. Quit shaming them, fellow officers, when they keep themselves alive during an incident.
And in case you can’t see that? You want to resign. You’ve lost your way and should not be in this profession, out on the roads, with a weapon on your hip and the law on your side, interacting with animal exterminator. You should be working from the inside to ensure a rise in emotional intelligence and a non-lethal reaction to these situations.
I applaud the NFL players who continue to demonstrate. If there’s a more peaceful way to protest, I can’t find it. That our”President” is calling them out in his usual maniacal way, with spit and fingers waving and name calling and Twitter insults, says he knows precisely what these superstars are saying. He is triggered. He is repressing his shame. He is projecting his guilt onto the brave men who refuse to quit taking a knee.
And those guys are my heroes. Not the guys who back their brothers (and sisters) in grim regardless of what. Those people aren’t heroes. They are cowards for not standing up for the principles which the job requires. They are unpatriotic for not honoring our nation’s Constitution and laws. And I have no respect for those that respond this way. Unfortunately, this is now the majority. The cops I once knew are now in the minority. These men and women are the very thing that they swore to comprise.
Please post this on your local law enforcements’ Facebook page. You may use my name as the author if you’re worried about retribution. That you must worry, however, says everything.