The last week since the Laquan McDonald video was released has been hard. Hard on the city, hard on the politicians of this city, hard on the minorities of this city, hard on the police department, and especially hard on this police family. Or at least this police wife. While I in no way condone what that video depicted, that is not the Chicago police I have known for the last 10 years. And to have an entire department, or truly an entire profession categorized as a bunch of racists, power hungry, crazy men and women I cannot stand for. While no one is perfect, most of the officers I know truly do care about the work they do. Unfortunately, many of the area’s they serve see them only has the bad guys and not the good guys they could be. How many nights has my husband come home and told me about having to be called out on thanksgiving for a domestic abuse situation where family members have stabbed each other in a disagreement. How many times he had to be at the scene of a child abuse case and take the child away from the only family he or she has known. Or walked into the scene of a drug overdose that has been dead for days while no one noticed. How many of those cases can one individual take before they become numb to society and what they are supposed to be protecting. I do not know one police officer who entered the profession and though, “I am going to abuse my power and hurt the people I was asked to protect”. How can officers be asked to protect a neighborhood that doesn’t care about themselves first. Compare it to a high school teenage girl who has been told over and over again that boys will only respect her when she respects herself. The men and women want to help these neighborhoods that have increased crime and gang violence rates. But how can they, when every move they make is under the impression that they are acting as bullies instead of protectors. I have said many time lately that I am through with this. I want to move. I want to move to a small town in the middle of nowhere USA where someone like my husband who has 10 years of police experience would be appreciated instead of hated. I fear for my family’s safety and especially his every night he goes to work. Not because he is doing anything wrong, but because he may second guess his gut instinct and pay the ultimate price for it. Police are not any one’s enemy. Below I have posted 10 articles of police doing wonderful, extraordinary things that is what makes them hero’s and great public servants. Yes, there bad apples in every profession. I work in a hospital and have seen tons of them. That doesn’t mean that because someone is a Chicago or another city or town police officer does not mean that they want to kill people on the street just because they can. I have yet to meet a single Chicago police officer in the 10 years my family with the department that showed even an inkling that they felt their job meant they could do what they want. They, just like everyone else with a job, want to make it through their day and go home to their families. If more people remembered what 99% of police officers believe, many of the problems we face could be addressed in civil dialogue, instead of pointing fingers and blaming each other for the mess our society as a whole is in. Mutual respect is something that must be earned, both by the officer, and by the people that officer is sworn to protect. Only when BOTH sides achieve this can we move forward. As promised, here are 5 +1 extra link to stories about the GOOD police officers do for us. My hope is that this will remind anyone who reads this that police are not the enemy, but truly mean to make the world a better place.
This one is from 2013 but still relevant today for sure
This last site is a place to talk about the good police officers out there. Though the media will only report when officer mess up, this website should be a starting point to honor those who respect their job and want to do their best for the communities they serve.
In closing, respect is earned, not given. This goes both for police officers as well as the communities they are meant to protect. If you respect what they are truly trying to accomplish, they will respect you back for wanting to help the problems that tarnish our city, our country, and our world. The police are not the enemy, hatred as a whole is.v