I heard an interesting discussion on the radio the other day that the problem with modern policing in the urban core today is not only the matter of Pretend Police replacing real officers, but also one of the police distrusting the general public by considering everyone a danger instead of innocent, ordinary, people.
If we extrapolate the argument that everyone is guilty in the eyes of
law enforcement, we begin to realize a serious disconnect between those
who are paid to protect and serve and the rest of us who are being
criminalized by default instead of being loved first.
Yes, I believe the police should love all citizens — just as I have
argued here in the past that all medical doctors must love their
patients and not be standoffish or cruel or disinterested — because to
not love us actually makes their jobs harder and less fulfilling.
It is easy to argue the police should hate the citizenry first and
never love us — but loving does not mean one is foolish or unprepared
or less vigilant.
Love is tough. Hate is soft.
Love must become a base reaction that lives in respect and, when freely
given, earns love and goodwill back into the community — and the urban
core craves admiration and honor but we don’t get there through
enemizing the general population.
What must it be like to walk a beat or ride in a patrol car and imagine
everyone “out there” is against you and breaking the law? That tiring
stance must quickly make one miserable and lonely and there is no escape into happiness or joy
in a job that is required to condemn civilians before criminality is
What do you think?
Are you treated fairly and kindly and with love by the police; or is
there an air of tension and mistrust when you interact with the police
under general circumstances?
Do you feel watched and threatened by the police as you walk in the
It is proper for all police agencies to look at all of us with a
suspicious eye instead of a loving gaze?
Does a prejudicial scrutiny against us protect us — or are we in
placed in more mortal peril by a police force that fears us?
How can we be made safer in our homes if we are criminalized on the