Over the past months America has seen terrible acts between police and the respective communities they serve. From Trayvon Martin, to Michael Brown to Eric Garner the headlines ran, the facebook and twitter updates exploded and the world shook protests. Now I am not a incendiary person who looks to light up social media with the flame of opinion, however I have at one point in my life been on the other side of the law and have an opinion that can be supported by experience.
For the respect of the community and people I worked with I will not divulge names and locations but for one summer I worked in a highly affluent town as a ordinance officer which I obtained of course through connections (you do not just get hired to a police organization without knowing a few people unfortunately). I don’t believe I was necessarily qualified but it paid well, came with a PBA card and was offered to me from a friend so obviously as a young college student I accepted. Though I only worked the summer between semesters and my lacrosse season I only spent about 14 weeks on the job, just enough to cash in on some much needed disposable income for the oncoming school semester. Note that I had no desire to be a cop or desire or some thrilling delusion of grandeur to be a part of a para-military organization such as a police department is but needed a summer job that was, well, more exciting then sitting at a cash register.
Now what I can say about my time there is what I can now put towards what I see happening at a grander scale today in America. People being targeted by race, income and location. I once witnessed a local who worked at the hospital park her car a little too much on an angle as she picked up medication early in the morning after her 12 hour shift at a local drug store. My supervisor advising me to “watch this” ran over ticketed her then instigated a few things got her to obviously raise her voice and next thing you knew this local had two more tickets and a mouthful about her being racist. My supervisor laughed it off after she left, oh the things you can do when you have a badge and a gun. Now I won’t divulge much of anything else, but let me say after seeing obvious entrapments, intimidation tactics and less severe but still blatant excessive force in my tenure on the job let me tell you that everything that is happening in America today between the police and their communities is not people “doing there job” maybe doing what they are trained since many are trained quite biasedly (I was), so yes everything we are thinking towards why the police are attacking citizens is all that it seems.