This post is a response to “Today I Stopped Caring“, an article written by a police lieutenant from Wisconsin. While it is well-written, with a clearly mocking undertone that belies its false front of genuineness, it is from a predictably selfish point of view that lacks any type of big-picture perspective. The Lt. spends the entire article whining about the public not liking the police, but never once addresses the legitimate issues the public has with the police – instead he dismisses them with mocking and sarcasm. Perhaps I can enlighten him a little. Please read his post first, because my post will not be in proper context without it.
Today I started caring about the state of America’s law enforcement system. I started caring about the plight of minorities, particularly black Americans, and how they are treated at the hands of police. I started caring today because a once noble profession has become corrupt, untrustworthy, and immune from the laws it enforces on the public.
I started caring today because a 12-year-old boy was shot to death by police over an airsoft gun. I started caring because he was black, and given what I’ve learned through other recent events, this cop will walk free like the rest. I know this kind of stuff will not stop any time soon, because US police forces kill a black person once every 28 hours.
Police uses of tasers in the US have killed over 500 people in the past decade. That’s many times the number of US citizens killed by terrorism in the same period. Police in the US conduct an average of 20,000 no-knock SWAT raids per year, many of which are massive failures…
These massive failures result in injury to innocents and even loss of life, but rarely, if ever, is there a conviction for the officers responsible.
Yet the police want the public to sympathize with them because their job is “dangerous” and “high-stress”, but being a cop isn’t even on the top ten list of dangerous jobs in the US. In fact, it’s far more dangerous to be a garbageman, fisherman, or truck driver. I can’t recall ever hearing about a garbageman getting away with murder by claiming job stress as a defense. Nevertheless, cops must take their imaginary stress out on animals, because a cop kills a dog every 98 minutes. Whatever residual stress is left after the dog killing surely must have been relieved by the 5,000+ lives they’ve taken nationwide since 9/11; that’s more dead US citizens than have been killed in the Iraq war. By comparison, the UK police force killed exactly 0 people last year and fired a total of THREE shots – the entire police force. That’s fewer shots in the entire nation, in a year, than Darren Wilson put into Mike Brown in a couple of minutes.
I started caring because the US has the highest incarceration rate in the world. In fact, the US contains 25% of the entire world’s prison population. Not surprisingly, the police themselves are largely immune from becoming part of those statistics because they are not held to the same standards for the same crimes as the rest of the population:
I started caring because Illinois just made it a felony to record the police. What more clear indication is needed that the corrupt police state does not want its actions exposed?
Only a government that lives like cockroaches in the darkness would pass a law criminalizing the act of turning on the light.
I started caring because this:
Has turned into this:
Today I started caring because a video of a cop from a department that I’ve never heard of, shows him screwing up and forgetting his oath of honor, and yet not a single fellow cop steps up to condemn him. Instead, they take to the internet and police forums to write whiny articles that make them come across as having a persecution complex. Woe is you. We get it. You have the hardest job in the world, doing whatever you please above the law, rarely being held accountable for your actions, and never losing the support of your “brothers in blue.”
I have some suggestions for you, Lt. Furseth. They will help to alleviate your persecution complex…
Stop making excuses for police misconduct. Stop saying it’s because the job is stressful or because they need to make it home at night. They signed up for a dangerous job. If they can’t handle it, they need a different job. Stop rationalizing why minor crimes need to be escalated to street-side executions. Condemn the bad cops and the public will once again respect you. Stand with the people you serve instead of some “brothers in blue” bullshit and people won’t lump you in with the bad cops. Go out and demand change. Demand that you and your fellow officers be held to the same standard of law that you enforce on others, and all your complaints will be solved. Do nothing, continue whining and making excuses, and I have no sympathy for how the public trashes and disrespects you.