Saw this graphic on Facebook a while back and snagged it.
Now I agree that kids shouldn’t be afraid of the police and it is bad parenting to tell kids cops will arrest them for misbehaving.
Unfortunately, there are some problems with the entire concept.
First off, there is the ever increasing militarization of the law enforcement. The increased use of military tactics and weapons for the most mundane criminal offenses doesn’t bring to mind the friendly officer just out there to help. When I hear that ‘officer safety’ is paramount, when I hear “we will do whatever it takes to go home at the end of the day” – I really have a hard time viewing law enforcement as something other then to be feared.
The prevailing mindset of “us versus them” seems not to be originating with parents and citizens but with the officers themselves. If law enforcement doesn’t want people to be scared of them, shouldn’t law enforcement officers act like they are viewing us as the enemy ?
Second problem is what seems to happens all too often- police brutality. From Rodney King to dozens of cases where innocent people were beaten or killed; the police often over react, brutalizing the very people they are supposed to protect. I’m not taking about trumped up charges by some thug upset the police nabbed him but documented incidents of excessive force. Kinda hard to say “hey kids don’t be afraid of us” where YouTube has over 350,000 videos in that category.
Sure the majority of police brutality is done by a minority of the cops. But the mindset is tolerated by those in charge; the officers involved aren’t pushed off the force by other officers and citizens who complain are often coerced into dropping the issue.
Lastly, isn’t a little hypocritical to be claiming you aren’t carting kids off to jail when they are bad when you are doing just that time and time again? Look at how many kids in school are being arrested for being ‘bad‘. It is incredibly sad that children, in school and out, are being arrested for trivial things. I’m not exactly going to be encouraging children to ‘run to you’ if there is a chance you’ll arrest them for doing that. It would be foolish.
Knock of the BS arrests and then come back and talk to me about how you want to be seen as the protector of children, okay?
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