there were cops sitting in my work lobby today and i shot them a lifetime of dirty looks.
Yeah… Uh. I’m sorry, but,
Cops are your friends. They’re your cousins and uncles and your neighbors. Just like the lady ringing up your groceries is your friend, and the barista at Starbucks is your friend, and the guy that does your oil change is your friend. Are there asshole cops? Sure. There’s asshole store managers and asshole gamestop employees and assholes that work at the grocery store. There are assholes everywhere you try to find them.
Your world is small, and every inch of technology that spreads across the world, bringing strangers in distant lands closer and closer, making everyone more connected…. that makes your world even smaller. Stop believing that you are an innocent, beautiful snowflake of a soul, put on this earth for the sole purpose of bringing yourself pleasure without consequence. You owe it to the world, yes, YOU— you OWE IT to the WORLD to make it a better place every single day for every single person whose life you come in contact with. You can’t keep pretending that the world has fucked you over and owes you happiness that you won’t even attempt to display to others. That makes you no better than what you hate.
Next time you’re in trouble, call a crack head. They’ll come to your house, pull out their registered firearm, and put their life on the line to protect you. Because that’s what friends do, right? Well, that’s what cops do. Get your selfish head out of your selfish ass and use your god-given brains. A uniform and a job description doesn’t make a person a clone. Extend that benefit of the doubt back towards the people giving it to you. Stop hating on something that has bigger repercussions than you can even understand. You make someone’s job a lot harder than it needs to be, a lot more dangerous, and a lot more stressful. For what? So you can turn around and call for help from the same people you admonish. That’s really cool, bro.
Stop being so simple. Make a difference. Stop generalizing an entire profession and breeding hostility. You’re doing your generation and the ones that come after you a real disservice.
That’s my opinion, based on the research I gathered in college, and from spending personal time with the St. Louis City police department.