People

Cops are people too. Guess how I know. I know because cops are…

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People.

It’s that simple. I don’t need to see a cop taking a few minutes during their shift to toss a football around with a lonely kid on their beat to realize cops are people too. I don’t need to see a cop singing in their patrol car to realize cops are people too. I don’t need to see a cop dancing in the street, jumping double-dutch, eating a donut, pretending to cite a child in a toy car, hugging a citizen, or crying at a traumatic incident to know cops are people too.

All of those things are fantastic, and I hope the frequency in which they occur increases at an astonishing rate, but those events aren’t the reason I know cops are people too.

I know cops are people too because they suffer from depression, like other people. I know cops are people too because they have bad days, like other people.  I know cops are people too because they make mistakes, like other people.  I know cops are people too because some are introverts, some are extroverts, some are confident, some are lazy, some are religious, some are arrogant, some are loving, some are energetic, some are friendly, and some are dicks because…

they…are…people…too.

When a cop pulls your family member out of car to perform CPR after a crash are you going to make sure they’ve made a silly YouTube video first? When the cops show up to your house because your neighbor is threatening to kill you over a barking dog are you going to request they each show you three goofy selfies before allowing them in? When a lunatic is shooting innocent people at a mall and the cops are going to risk their lives to end the threat are you going to be concerned about whether or not those cops have ever line-danced in uniform?

Me either.

I know cops are people too, because they’re people. Remember that the next time you expect them to be something else.

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One Response to People

  1. Charles Jones says:

    I agree with everything you said. I am a cop. Not in a big city where cops are under a microscope. But a cop none the less. Before I became a cop I thought cops were perfect. Just because it’s what I always wanted to be and do. Now I see we all make mistakes. We are just ordinary people with a not so ordinary job 🙂 Just wish everyone else knew that.

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