I LIVE with a retired DEA agent. I know police. I have friends all over the country who are police. I hear their stories. I question them about their experiences, and ALL of them end up admitting what I’ve said in this essay. There are no good cops. Just say you like them and you disagree with history, the social justice advocates you noted and my piece and move on. Anyone who can stay in those jobs treating people inhumanely for a paycheck long enough to retire, well…
I have helped cops write policies for equipment that they’ve misused. I have helped them write grants for camera that they turn off. I have witnessed them lie and deny their actions.
Many times I speak in codes, but trust me, I know what I’m talking about and I’m in no way in denial about policing in America. There is no such thing as a good cop, so I’m sorry if you’re kin to one, if you love one, or if you’re friends with some and you’re able to be truthful about the job/person. My partner had to admit she knew nothing about the history of policing and that she didn’t realize the history of the war on drugs before seeking employment with them. Now she’s retired and not being brainwashed by her employer, she has a totally different perspective. She has numerous regrets, I’ll say this, but it’s too late. The damage has been done.
I speak my truth to my partner and to my friends who are cops. I still respect them as human beings, I just dislike their career choices. They know they are in careers that are wrong, and they know they work with plenty of cops who aren’t shit. It’s a paycheck and a future pension in a nation that pays good people to do bad shit.
I’m not interested in being challenged by cop lovers and those interested in ignoring this nation’s history of anti-Blackness and the mere concept of America policing.
Not interested in at all Sis!