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Black Officer Writes Open Letter to Protesters

December 09, 2014  | 

Imagine the strain of being black and wearing the blue — to live and patrol in communities of color where “F**k The Police” is a celebrated old-school anthem and where some believe you’re better off dead. Imagine the anxiety of being in your own home, having to keep your gun in sight, and never being fully comfortable that you’re safe from those who are in the fringe and wish you harm.

What they fail to understand is that I’m from the community and just one degree of separation from living in their world. My twin brother and I took different paths in life. He developed a dependency on drugs and spiraled into a life of crime that led to his incarceration. This is why making arrests is still a very difficult part of my job. Like 99 percent of those in law enforcement, I did not get into this profession to disrupt or end lives; rather, I want to save the lives of so many people — like my brother.

Most police officers do this job because they love the communities they serve. We chose to be in a profession where every day you get to make a difference, whether it’s saving a child from an unhealthy home, coming to the aid of a domestic violence victim, finding shelter for the homeless, or getting a reckless drunk driver off the road. 

Complete Letter at Grio.com


Comments (9)

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LLC @ 12/9/2014 7:15 PM

My feelings exactly ... well said. Just remember ... you are not alone.

bob retired leo @ 12/9/2014 8:21 PM

Well said. TY. I confronted the protestors and they said as a retired cop I was big brother. I told them as you penned, most police officers do this job because they love the communities they serve. I never went out to hurt anyone. I never saw myself as big brother.

kevCopAz @ 12/9/2014 8:47 PM

We are with you brother (and I mean COP BROTHER!). We all carry a large burden in this job, but brothers like you carry even a bigger load. As LLC said, you are NOT alone. I lay odds that your own brother would (if he could) tell you that you made the right choice.

TheRookie @ 12/9/2014 9:19 PM

I read the whole letter at The Grio site. It has many valid points. To be able to recruit Officers of color is very important, but they have to want the job(s), & be qualified, also. There are no easy answers for what has been allowed to fester for so long. NYPD has been able to overcome the problem of minority hiring as the department is made up of over 50% of minorities. Let's get the numbers on cue, & then see if that works/helps. Frankly I don't believe it will. Thugs don't care what color the cops are. All they care about is the fact that L.E. will stop their criminal activities. When we have politicians & a MSM press corps that sells out everyone who wears a uniform from L.E., Fire Fighters, EMS, Paramedics, Military, Security, etc. this problem will not go away any time soon.

TERRY F. ZECH VAPD (RET) @ 12/9/2014 10:56 PM

Well said brother, I have worked with all cultures, Asian, Black, Hispanic and it doesn't matter the color or your skin, you are out there to help people not hurt them. I keep saying this over and over again. It's the choices they make that causes their injuries or sometimes their death. Just watch the video of Mr. Garner, His quote No I am not going to let you do anything to me. That is how it started to the end he did not want. the officers did not want it either.

Ima Leprechaun @ 12/10/2014 1:20 AM

Right on the money.

Marshal Fine @ 12/10/2014 5:52 AM

First of all, thank you for your honest letter. None of us wake up thinking we'll go hunt or kill anyone today. It is not in our nature. We are sheepdogs, not wolves. After 30+ years of doing this, I know of no LEO that thinks that way. I am white and work in a very mixed community. I chose working here. I love the opportunity to serve here. I am proud that I can walk into anyone's home and feel welcome. I've worked very hard to be able to do that.
To Lawdog.. did someone hack your computer ?? Uncle Tom?? Sheesh...

PoPo50 @ 12/10/2014 7:21 AM

This is a great message that unfortunately falls on deaf ears. Of course as LEO's we agree we chose this profession for a myriad of reasons, none of which is to take someone's life needlessly. What is going on with these protests has nothing to do with the recent deaths of black males. It is another attempt by the fringe to change this free society. There is no reasoning with these groups, they are the Occupiers, Marxist, and Socialists from a few years ago who can't stand the message that you have to take care of yourself, the government wants you to depend on them. This isn't my radical view, look at the demographics of the majority of protestors now. Who is more of the enemy to society, the skateboarder who used his skate board to break windows, the looters who took alcohol and hair products, the anarchists who took the message "burn this b!tch" down and used it as an excuse for arson cause they failed as occupiers and at the NATO summit. So who is really worse?

John Wilson @ 12/10/2014 1:39 PM

Hiring of minorities has been a constant push in law enforcement for more than thirty years. Some departments worked it vigorously and some gave it lip service (Their loss). However, it is not the officer's color that places him or her in danger. It is their sworn duty to uphold the law, treat people fairly, act with compassion, and serve all faithfully. In doing so, we are the bad guys for getting drunk drivers off the street, protecting a young mother and child in an abusive relationship, and many other law enforcement functions. Few realize that the Thin Blue Line is all that keeps the fabric of society together. Embrace the officers of your community, show them some respect, go to bat for them when they need you. Tell the truth and it will set you and your community free. God bless all LEO's and decent citizens, we need each other.

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