This week’s prompt is: Police Brutality  

In many countries where guns are not legal the police also don’t carry guns themselves – only the military does.  In America, because guns are so widespread, we couldn’t even conceptualize an unarmed police force.  But now, with the full militarization of the police, do you think that it has gone too far?  Do you feel scared when you see the cop strapping a gun while waiting for coffee in line next to you at the Starbucks?  What is your relationship with the police and how do you think your race has colored that?  Has race colored your perception of police brutality?

 

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The Police Brutality Prompt Contributors are:

Police Brutality and Fear – Weaver Grace

Across the Blue Line – Finale to an Entrance

Overwhelmed by the Violence – Living Learning and Letting Go

Read Yourself – Marth0stout

Police Brutality is More than a Single Rotten Apple Spoiling the Barrel – Nintier

Man Makes the Clothes – The Pen’s Might

Police Brutality: Current Thoughts and Past Memories – Seasoned Sistah 2

 

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18 Comments

  1. I blame it on American’s gun culture. I don’t really fear the cops. But they should be retrained in how to deal with people. They use too much force, sometimes bordering on criminal offence. I look at a bigger picture though. They are at work, their lives at risk every second of the day.

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  2. First, I should give a little background. I’m a white male. I grew up in conservative towns in the West and Midwest, and don’t think I even met a democrat before I went to college. I grew up with guns, with probably over 100 in a house with four kids. We were taught safe handling from the start, and never kidded around with them. Target shooting was one of my favorite activities. Because of this upbringing, I got really familiar with guns and can’t say I really have a fear of guns themselves.

    I do see fear as a powerful component of this week’s prompt. When I moved to the big city several years ago, and began commuting through some areas that seemed, well, dangerous, to me, I started to feel some fear, but wasn’t really sure if it was real or it was just me. Then I started reading about violence and even shootings happening during the night on the same streets I was walking down during the day. I took some training and got a concealed weapons permit, thinking I’d be safer if I carried a gun. As I continued to think it through, however, I never did feel prepared enough to take on the responsibility of regularly carrying a gun, and instead simply put my energy in being more vigilant about the environment around me.

    I couldn’t imagine the stress of being a policeman. Their entire job centers around conflict in most of the interactions of their day. Some mild, some intense, and not very predictable. Trying to capture people who are doing everything they can do to avoid capture, even to the point of shooting at you, has to take a tremendous toll on one’s psyche, and may put a person in survival mode. When you mix in the adrenaline and fear of chasing down a suspect with the split-second decisions that may save a life (don’t shoot, that’s just a candy bar in his hand) or get you killed (I should have shot, that was a gun in his hand), I can understand that it sometimes turns out wrong, in devastating ways. In my life, if I make a really bad decision at work, a large company may lose some money. If a police officer makes a really bad decision at work, someone may die. That’s a tremendous responsibility, and I’m very reluctant to judge a person shouldering that burden.

    I also have to admit I have no understanding of people who run from the police. To my mind, if you decide to run when ordered to stop, you have chosen to assume the risk of getting shot. I also acknowledge that my race and my lack of negative experience with police may be why I have that belief.

    On the other hand, I’ve seen enough reporting of police brutality to know that it’s a problem. Everyone has a right to have a police force that’s there to protect them, not one that’s there to harass them. I’m a strong believer in truth, fairness, and justice, and see that lost far too often when the blue curtain is drawn. When someone cries foul, the community and the police force should both want to find a solution, but this is rarely the case. The abuse is usually denied by the police, and, even if proven, is rarely punished.

    Fear is a mighty powerful thing.

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    1. Great statement. Thanks for sharing it. I especially appreciate your thoughts about carrying a concealed weapon, and being vigilant about your environment.

      I, too, can’t imagine what a job must be like that could result in a wrongful death on a bad day.

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  3. Great story about getting tired of police. I especially like the blopedy bloop bit 🙂

    I agree: When I see a police officer walking to a car, I remember movies, and consider the danger.

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  4. Feeling rather lame that I’m not sure how to create a ping back, I’m adding a link here to the poem I wrote Man Makes the Clothes . I published this two days ago, but realized when I received your email this morning, that I had been subliminally inspired by this prompt.

    Love the new look of the site and, your commitment and energy.

    *Philip Brent Harris*

    The Pen’s Might lifenart1@gmail.com

    Brent Harris Fine Art brentharrisfineart@gmail.com

    Philip Brent Digital Art and Photography lifenart2@gmail.com

    Pacifica, CA 94044 650.515.0514

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