posted on Apr, 20 2013 @ 05:40 PM
Having the experience of growing up around cops, I think they have two very different sides to them as people and from the career. I don't think they
can even control that aspect, only how long it takes to develop and fully take hold.
On one side, they are social like every person is yet ..not quite how any other person is. In this, it isn't their fault, but how many years
of being treated differently and a part of the old group while NOT a part of it, can they go through without turning to pretty much other cops and law
enforcement for 90+% of their social circle? We all do little things and talk or joke about it. From maybe running a red light out of sheer annoyance
when it sits red too long with no traffic in sight for miles, to cheating on taxes a little, to whatever else. Awkward moments when one of the group
is an off-duty cop friend (how many honestly don't think of them in that order, even if knowing them before they became cops?) and technically he
"can't" hear that, even then?
The other thing? I'd say the VAST majority of people any cop encounters while ON-duty are pretty much having the worst day of their personal lives.
Either as a victim of something that is in the process of just starting to change them or the bad guy who just went from free to looking at possible
jail or prison for something. Almost no one is 100% honest with cops, even victims ..and THEY know that as well as we would admit it to each other.
So, by definition, almost everyone they meet in Uniform is lying to them on one level or another.
Is it any wonder they become changed by and sometimes fully into the 'us and them' mentality after just a few years at it? The good cops are the
ones who deal with that and don't abuse people, despite all of the above...not for lack of dealing with the same issues as the bad ones that let it
define them, IMO.