(I should resume mildly funny blogging any time now. Really. I know I haven’t made any dick or fart jokes for awhile, and for this I am very sorry.)
Let me be clear: not all cops are bad people. I would say that the majority of cops are not bad people. Like any other group of people, they are comprised of good people, bad people, and middle-of-the-road people. I would also like to make it clear that I know several cops and, on the whole, the ones whom I consider to be my friends are nice, upstanding individuals who are doing their jobs, and I realize that their jobs are considerably more difficult than mine. Not only are the risks associated with their jobs greater than the risks associated with my job, but they get to expose themselves to these risks while dealing with people who are trying to lie to, insult, and attack them. I have a hard enough time keeping any faith in humanity with what I do for a living. I truly cannot imagine how I would cope if I were a cop.
Also, remember how I wrote about how unfortunate it is that some people drive others away from their causes by being the worst possible example of a cause’s supporter? I’ve been thinking about this a lot lately, and every time I hear about another Occupy Wall Street raid where protestors are beaten, pepper sprayed, arrested, and bullied out of their Constitutional rights by group of public servants who swore to protect and serve them, I struggle to remind myself of the above paragraph. Not all cops are bad cops. But the ones who are bad are really, really bad.
This is Ray Lewis. Ray is a retired captain of the Philadelphia Police Department who took part in New York’s “Day of Action” Occupy protest yesterday. He is being arrested by officers of the NYPD for ““violation of local law, and two counts of disorderly conduct including disrupting traffic and refusing to move on.” He, like the vast majority of other Occupy protestors, was exercising his First Amendment right to free speech, to peaceably assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.
No, seriously. All of that is covered in the First Amendment. As is freedom of the press, a right that seems either forgotten or fragile enough to be feared, as the above photo was refused publication by the New York Times, the Philadelphia Inquirer, and Newsweek. It was finally published by the New York Observer, as was the below:
Like I said, I know not all cops are bad. The cops who make the news for firing rubber bullets into crowds, for wrestling people into headlocks in the middle of the street, and for pepper spraying the face of an 84-year-old woman are power-tripping sadists. They are sick fucking assholes who get off on causing people pain, and they don’t need to use Occupy Wall Street as an excuse. They will exert their brutality at traffic stops, in court, and in any situation where they make you feel as though you are wasting their time by reporting a crime. I may be a white female with no criminal record, but that doesn’t mean that I haven’t been made to feel like a powerless subhuman by a dickhead cop or four.
And like I also said, I know that the majority of cops are not the power-tripping sadists who seem so hungry to make the news (and, like the banks in question, remain UN-FUCKING-PUNISHED). The majority of cops are just there to do their jobs. They’re told to be there and they do it. They just want there to be order, and many of them exert no more authority than the kind required to politely tell people not to block traffic. Clearly, as in the case of Capt. Ray Lewis, some of them do agree with the Occupy protests, and they understand the point of it all.
But for how long? How long before they’re corrupted, too, before they stop acting like human beings and stop seeing others as human beings, too? How long before they become completely desensitized to this kind of thing, and look the other way when the Bill of Rights is tossed completely aside? And that’s not fucking hyperbole, either. The First Amendent of the United States is below, and it’s being ignored EVERY SINGLE DAY by the cops involved with the effort to crush Occupy Wall Street:
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.
This is part of the foundation of our country and what it means to be a citizen. It is as American as it gets. It is certainly more American than people camping out to buy World Series or Super Bowl tickets, neither of which have been violently invaded by the police. I mean, what the fuck, country? Why is this being allowed? And why are so many of your citizens choosing, like the cops I worry about, to look away, or to think this is all about getting a handout, or to convince themselves that laws are being broken and should be punished in whatever way a community college D student sees fit? What the fuck?
(seriously, though, funny blogging to resume soon.)