The Musings Of An Opinionated Sod [Help Me Grow!]


When You Only Serve Those Above You, You Become The Enemy Of Those Around You …

When I was a kid, I wanted to be a police officer.

I was OBSESSED with becoming a police officer.

I read books. I talked to the coppers on the street. I looked up to them literally and metaphorically.

And while I absolutely believe the Police do an important job that is often undervalued, I also think the system they are made to operate in encourages behaviour that is not representative of the values and standards we have all been told they follow.

That is not a justification for wrongdoing – if they do the crime, then they should experience the full force of the law with absolutely no leniency whatsoever – however as police wrongdoing is happening on such a consistent basis all around the World, it does suggest the environment they are being asked to work within, is contributing to the situation in some way.

Which is why I found this comment on twitter interesting …

Now, I would imagine it was said with mischief in the eye … but there is truth in it.

Because where the Police are supposed to protect us, they have evolved into something that often feels more about controlling us … often for the good of the wealthy or the powerful.

I can’t imagine how difficult the job is … it must be a thankless task, especially with government leaders encouraging them to execute aggressive action rather than community integration … but something is obviously broken deep within.

Are all Police bad?

Of course not, just like criminals don’t follow the cultural or economic stereotypes the media, government and white people like to present us with.

And while blaming individuals or entire groups of people may make us feel better … safer … superior … more in control … the reality is so much of what goes on is because of the systemic and institutionalised systems so many people have to live and work within. Until that is accepted, investigated and fundamentally changed – rather than brushed aside as some sort of ‘liberal nonsense’ – we’re going to continue experiencing this pain, and quite frankly too many people have needlessly died and too many families have been needlessly destroyed to not accept there is a problem.

However much that puts the people in control in fear.

However much that shines a light on what we’ve all been complicit in creating.

However much that means governments become scared of the people rather than vice versa.


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I was going to say you would have been the worst cop ever. Then I see how the cops here are behaving and you would be one of the good ones. That’s how bad they are.

Comment by Bazza

Yep … that sums it up pretty perfectly.

Comment by Rob

+1

Comment by DH

Is that why you have been arrested so often, to feel closer to the police force?

Comment by George

Hahahaha … I wish I’d used that as my defence in the court appearances over the years. Though apparently a lot of serial killers are people who wished to be members of the Police, so maybe it’s a good idea I didn’t.

Comment by Rob

How many times has it been now?

Comment by Bazza

More than I would want my son to have. Let’s put it that way.

Comment by Rob

come on campbell. spill the fucking beans. to the nearest hundred.

Comment by andy@cynic

Well I know of at least 5

Comment by DH

The photograph at the end of this post is quite the statement. It is also very true. Commercial organisations constantly take from black culture but try to value it as cheap. It is sickening.

Comment by George

Yep. A constant history of stealing and then gaslighting the value of what they took.

Comment by Rob

The images in this post ask important and powerful questions. Unfortunately, the only answers they will receive will be excuses.

Comment by Lee Hill

Totally agree Lee.

But I saw this recently and it took my breath away: https://www.instagram.com/p/CElkfIQAdig/

Comment by Rob

A punch in the face powerful.

Comment by Lee Hill

someone needs to do that to fucking trump.

Comment by andy@cynic

I dare not argue with the views of a hardened viilain.

Comment by John

Is a hardened villain a villain who is turned on?

Comment by DH

Saw today’s post. Good man.

Comment by George

+1

Comment by John

you thoughtful fucking prick. hugs.

Comment by andy@cynic




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