Stop the Cop Haters is made up of a collection of people throughout the United States. Some of us have regular jobs in the public sector and want to show support of officers, others are current law enforcement or retired law enforcement officers.
Our goal is simple, to show people the many kind and wonderful things that police officers do everyday. Lately with social media and hate groups like Copblock, police have gotten a bad rap. Sure there have been some incidents of bad behavior, but by in large, the majority of officers are good people. If you have a bad visit at the dentist or doctor, do you hate all doctors and wish them dead? Of course not, only a sociopath would think that mentality is acceptable.
Officers are people just like you. People with families and children. They are somebody’s son, daughter, brother, sister or friend. No one should hate another simply for the color or their skin or the color of their uniform. Always remember there is a human being behind that badge who loves and bleeds like you.
That was the paragraph I penned a few days ago for the About us section of the webpage. It is a truth I hope everyone understands but sometimes I do not actually believe myself. They inform you in the academy that people will look at you differently, treat you differently and you will have a hard time maintaining the friendships you used to have. At the time I did not quite understand it.
After nearly a decade policing, I have come to the realization that it does not matter how well I do my job, someone is always going to hate me. This is not a regular type of hate, it’s a seething, rabid and disgusting hate that only someone inflicted with evil could have. How else to you explain it? They don’t really know me. They don’t know who my favorite sports teams are, my favorite food, my family or financial status. They do not know that I pride myself on being a good father and husband. They do not know the many things I have done in my community on my days off to help the citizens of my jurisdiction. Nope, all they know, is that I wear blue and have a badge.
They will make all kinds of excuses as to why, from previous confrontations, to family members being arrested or to enforcing marijuana laws. They always have an excuse, and not a single excuse points to them. It’s always someone else’s fault as to why. Reading through Copblock posts is like reading Charlie Sheen’s hate mail. If all they want is accountability, then why does our Facebook page get death threats whenever we mention Copblock. The truth always comes out. It is there right now if one wishes to look for it, but this isn’t about Copblock.
This is about being cynical after months of being on the defensive with Michael Brown, Eric Garner and other high-profile incidents. I was starting to believe that maybe the public was viewing us like the pathetic members of Copblock do. I had even considered moving on into a job in the private sector. A person can only put up with so much before they decide to take leave of their situation. That’s exactly whats happening. Good Officers are leaving the career because anti-police people and the media are making them out to be the bad guy. I was contemplating being one of them.
Then something happened. I went to eat at one of my favorite places while on duty. It was a Friday night and the place was fairly busy. I would normally grab something small and avoid crowds at all costs, but I was really hungry. I find my place to sit, no spots available with my back to the wall, dang it. I sit down and look around. I can feel everyone’s eyes on me. In my mind, they are thinking, “great, a damn cop just ruined our meal.” Then it happened. God gives you what you need, not what you want.
As the other tables around me began to leave to pay their bills, almost every person within a 40 foot radius of my table, stopped at my table and offered beautiful words of encouragement.
“Thank you for serving our community.”
“Please be safe out there.”
“I appreciate what you do for us.”
“Police are getting a bad rap, there are many of us who support you, don’t forget that. “
I was practically dumbfounded. Reading Copblock’s page for our Facebook page, sorting through hate mail, seeing comments on news stories, and 10 years on the job, had made me cynical and made me believe that no one cared. That one meal showed me it was the furthest thing from the truth. There are many, many, many more good people out there than bad, The bad ones just make the most noise, the good ones salute you in silence. Those kind words were all I needed to rejuvenate my resolve to continue helping and serving others. Its something we should all remember.
I will now go out of my way to let other officers know I appreciate them and their sacrifices are not in vain. Remember, sometimes all it takes is a kind word to inspire others.
If you are one of the cop-haters, copblockers, or just all around bad guys who can’t judge a man on his merits, but instead, on his career choice, well then I feel sorry for you. Hate is an awful thing. A strangers kind word will always mean more than your hate filled rant.
Admin S (formerly Nightrider)