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Let me tell you about an officer I met up in Seattle. Let me call him Fred. The first time we met was on a rooftop and he was helping to bust a drug dealer. Fred said to me, "see those two guys" he pointed to two guys heading to a nook in the building only visible from the rooftop. " That one has the drugs and that one is going to buy from him". We watched. Sure enough within moments of him pointing them out, the exchange . At that time Fred spoke into his radio and two other officers turned the corner. Fred looked at me disappointed "all they had to do was look up, they would have seen me." Fred knew them from the neighborhood. He didn't want to cause distress to the people he just needed to stop the drugs. I could tell he saw "those two guys" as people, not sheep, but people who happen to need his intervention. He said hi to people, got to know them. Every single time he busted someone for something you could see that fatherly disappointment cross his face. I could never imagine Fred searching someone without genuine cause or planting evidence just to rid the street of someone he only suspected of trouble, but I am certain he would pull his weapon if there were no other options. If he had to protect these people he sees everyday. Over the next few years I got to know Fred. He didn't see himself as a sheepdog, but like the neighborhood father. He was one of us, but in uniform.
Yes police are just people but image is everything. In a world were we felt safe talking to an officer, where we felt that they were actually here for our safety, in a world where protect and serve wasn't just a public image lie printed on the side of a police car.... People would be more likely to defend an officers action when it was called into questions.