I suppose I should Put in My Two Cents…

…concerning the Black Lives Matter protests. The problem is twofold. First, I think every reasonable person agrees that the great majority of policemen and women are wonderful people. That being said, there is a minority there that is not wonderful. In fact they can be downright evil. I think that a big problem is the nature of the profession. The job attracts bullies. Think about it. Suppose you like intimidating others. Suppose you like to push people around and even beat them up. What better profession could you hope for?

I’ve been bullied by police, especially when we were demonstrating against the Vietnam War. When I was in my early twenties there was a big cop who tried to get me to hit him on Christmas Eve. I was sitting on the beach in front of the trailer park where where I grew up. He illegally told me to leave. I asked to see his badge. He he pulled it out and then dragged me off the beach. Then he started bumping against me. “Go ahead hit me! Hit me!” I told him he must be crazy.

Look at Kent State. I have friends whose son, for no reason, was shot to death by a policeman about twenty years ago. It happens. It’s horrible. You think that’s bad? Suppose you have a bully policeman who also happens to be a racist.

I would be interested to find out what kind of psychological screening is performed when the police department hires new recruits.

OK, enough bad stuff. Here’s good stuff. Baby Nicole…

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4 Responses to I suppose I should Put in My Two Cents…

  1. Chris M says:

    Thanks Bud,

    A good part of the healing process is feeling free to say what you think, especially when among friends. I’m happy that you trust us enough.

    With love and respect,


  2. Lisa B. says:

    Excellent piece. A friend sent me an article about this very subject, in which the author enumerated a number of cases in which white people died during an encounter with the police (which get next to no mention in the media). I would say that the problem is not racism but perhaps low self-esteem on the part of the problem cop. Psychological screening is a start, but people can lie and fool the “experts”. I am bothered when all police are tarred with the same brush. And the government allows it.

  3. Frank Kittle says:

    Well put Bud. I think locally law enforcement (Bradenton, Manatee Co, and the Island) is much more professional than your teen years. Thanks for sharing.

    • budgra5_wp says:

      Frank was a teacher when I was in high school. I didn’t have him as a teacher, but he was one of the good guys.

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