Cops I have known

7 months ago

I feel bad for the good people I have known who became cops. I know some of them had the best of intentions. Yes, some saw the pay and the "authority" as tempting bait, but even those managed to convince themselves this was a way they could do good while collecting rewards. Maybe they were even still good people as long as they were off the clock, but no one can be good while being a cop. Not anyone.

I have also known those who had aggressive tendencies and gravitated to "police work". I'm sure that's not a surprise to you. I know one who did something highly "illegal" (but victimless) just before he became a cop. And another who constantly had to be carried out of a bar because she invariably drank til she passed out- do I think her self-control improved after she put on the badge? Ha.

I have known some good ex-cops. They were disgusted with what cops have become, of course, but even they weren't good people while they were being cops. The only regained their goodness after they quit that "job".

I have also known current cops I mostly got along with. When not "policing", they were OK, but while being a cop, they weren't good. In fact, some were downright horrible. One thing I never forget: if around a cop, never forget he is a cop first, an acquaintance second. Never let your guard down. Never mistake him (or her) for someone you can trust.

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Rule by force is the disease,...cops are symptoms.

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True... to a point. However, no evil "law" could ever hurt one person without disgusting people willing to lower themselves to enforce it. Without cops willing to molest people while committing acts of enforcement, the opinions of the most vile dictator would be nothing but harmless verbal flatulence. Empty words and nothing more. It takes a cop willing to enforce those opinions with the threat of death to make "laws" dangerous and harmful.

Cops aren't Satan, because cops are real. And because they can get on the right side instantly by quitting the "job" and never again molesting or stealing.

Cops are where the boot heel of tyranny meets the human face.

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Yep, Jack London beat Eric by a few years,...
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