posted on Jul, 23 2008 @ 03:15 AM
This is a topic I feel two ways about, and very strongly. Bear with me, please. It sucks that we can't all implicitly trust each other. We all have
lives that don't always overlap well.
I am a blunt person. I don't beat around the bush. I try to state my bottom line, then support my conclusion. I do not intend my statements or
comments to be specifically offensive. I do, however, endeavor to avoid ambiguity. I communicate in an abrupt manner, but mean no hostile aggression.
It is my goal to contribute my opinions, observations, and experiences for the purpose of encouraging a productive and constructive understanding
based on my own point of view. I do not profess to know every facet of law enforcement. I am a well behaved law-abiding citizen. I was born here, I
belong here, and I have a right to contribute my perspective. I admit, in advance of anyone pointing out, that I may be misunderstanding or
misinterpreting input I've absorbed. I do not reject anyone who is able to cogently and coherently debate opinions. I reject any potential flamers. I
will endeavor to ignore inane or innocuous fluff and/or propaganda. Blind reactionary outbursts are definitely uninvited.
It seems Semperfortis was having a particularly bad day and sought some form of relief or had the desire to vent "some steam". Man to man, I'd buy
you a beer. I'd cheer you up if I had any idea how to do so. I don't find it hard to believe that many people do admire and respect you for who you
are and what you do. I respect you for who YOU are, aside from what you do. I wish *YOU* well and good fortune.
For law enforcement professionals who would like clarification of why at least one citizen (quite probably many) hold your profession and your
voluntary and willful participation in your profession in very low esteem, I submit my point of view. Try to see the constructive potential, while
avoiding misinterpretation of the intent of my words.
As a police officer, you swore an oath to serve and protect. I believe that police officers in a professional capacity do not serve the public very
well or with objectivity. Do not consider this statement to apply to any officer as an individual or on a personal level. None of my statements or
opinions are directed personally toward any of you on a human level. My observations and opinions only apply to your profession, in general (the
system you are part of, not each of you as individuals), except where I plainly and specifically indicate. I cannot explain, with any confidence, why
some people hate you on a personal level. In that, I cry "FOUL!"
Every police department receives some amount of monetary support from the federal government. Thus every police officer receives some amount of pay
from every citizen, no matter what jurisdiction the officer represents and regardless of where each and every or any citizen resides. If you are a
police officer in Honolulu and I reside in Detroit, some percentage of your pay comes out of my pocket. I take umbrage whenever a law enforcement
professional discounts my input by arguing that I am not a taxpayer within their jurisdiction.
Every police officer anywhere should serve anybody and everybody. I don't recognize any argument from any police officer that claims that I have no
valid opinion to offer. My taxes entitle me to representation, which includes representing myself with my voice which is my right under the first
amendment of our Constitution. My right to speak about anything I choose is mine, even if I express an opposing opinion or make a statement regarding
police officers (paid or volunteer), police academy training procedures, or the color of police uniforms. (I think you should all wear carnation
uniforms and drive chartreuse vehicles. Hide behind your "pink wall of silence". It's only a matter of color.) I pay, so I should choose. Not you.
You work for me.
[edit on 23-7-2008 by handinthebush] - Wordwrap in my editor was incorrect prior to me pasting text.
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