I’ve supported the police for years and when they get a load of grief I’m always the first to stick up for them but the past few months I’ve found it hard to not generalise the lot of them. There are police officers that have the right heart and mentality for the job but the majority I’ve had the displeasure of coming across are a disgraceful representation. I feel like I’m constantly fighting a losing battle wanting to work in the police and prison field and it’s the already employed people in these sectors that really irritate me.
1) Witnessed (IMO) police brutality last night. Young gentleman urinating against SOL, out of most eyesight…. police approach the gentleman and violently push him against the wall in front so that he smacks his face off the wall and ‘bounces’ back off it. The police did this in a manner that scared the man, injured him and by not vocally approaching the man the officer knew exactly what he was doing to get his own fucking personal pleasure out of it. The officer continued to man handle the gentleman in a unreasonable way. I was talked to someone about it who said, ‘maybe the officer had, had to deal with many others like this’. This is not the point. If you are a police officer you should remain calm and collected in all cases, you need a calm mentality to approach people. By approaching someone like that you are instantly aggravating the other person who if they retaliate is completely hopeless as the officer will be quick to charge them with ANOTHER offence. In this situation, any decent and strong police officer would have vocally approached the perpetrator, most likely in an assertive manner as he was committing a crime. After this, the perpetrator should have been rightly charged. In no way did that person deserve the violence he received.
- During this, other officers just watched as it happened. By allowing your colleagues and yourself to treat members of the public you are continuing to draw a divide between the police and the public. There are so many outcries like the London Riots etc that demonstrated the divide between the police and hatred and how there is so much hatred (particularly in young people) towards the police. The police are fueling it and ALLOWING individuals to be ‘lawful leaders’.
2) For one of my last modules I focused on the police and how they cooperate with the Equality Act, in particular to employing. Macpherson report after the Steven Lawrence case made 70 recommendations to tackle institutionalised racism within the police. They were to be met by 2009 and one was to increase BME representatives within the police. 7% BME representative target was set and was only met with 4.1% which has risen from the original 2%. How are BME members of the public suppose to feel protected by the police or go to the police (especially with racial victimisation issues) if there are persons within that police that are racist and favour the white race? (Yeah, I know not everyone in the police is racist but it is still institutionalised!)
3) The amount of people on my course that make racial slurs is disgusting. You ask them what they want to be and they said, ‘police officer’ or ‘prohabation worker’. THESE PEOPLE are going to be protecting you, these people are going to be the unbiased law enforcers and they’re ridiculously racist!
4) When I was in Leeds I saw a man get arrested, of course whilst have the officer press into his neck with his arm unnecessarily. The man was having a conversation with his friend, whatever the topic was the man was angry about it. Because they just so happened to walk past police, the police told him to calm down (it’s the mans fucking conversation which had nothing to do with them) which aggravated the already annoyed man which lead to him having his neck pressed into.
5) ‘I’m not racist BUT’
6) Oh, when the police came into my uni to talk about why you should join the police the dumb fucks said the reasons are:
- If you like being a leader and a boss
- Gives you a bit of a boost being able to take charge
Not if you want to protect the community, ensure everything is lawful or if you’re a person that takes a fucking interest in the criminal field of work!
So because of this, I find it merely impossible to work alongside such dumb fucks in this area of work. There is no hope for this country….. although I couldn’t name one country where I know there is good police/public relationships. Employing the wrong fucking people who couldn’t give two flying fucks about the job. No one does anything about it so the divide between police and public continues. It just encourages me to work with young people and get them sorted for the big bad world and how unfair and unjust it really is.
Graeme’s mam definitely always told me that you get to an age where you just kinda stop caring what you look like and accept who you are and I’m definitely at that place right now.
You can’t change the skin you were born in and you’ve gotta love your own bones because who the fuck cares what you really look like? There is always gonna be someone who looks better than you or dresses better than you and there is always gonna be someone who looks worse than you and dresses worse than you but in the long run, all these things are insignificant. If you get so self absorbed in finding problems with yourself then time will fly past you and you’ve wasted that moment that you could have spent doing something more worthwhile.
All the things I used to get hung up on just naturally don’t affect me anymore at all, in fact… they are things that I just regularly make jokes about now and I kinda wish I could force people to have that same outlook because I couldn’t name a ‘ugly’ person that I know right now if I had to!
Last year when I was having a rough time my dad told me, ‘never change for anyone’ and I figured that I was tightening up my extremes of personality in order to be ‘normal’. Since then I’ve just totally loosened up and not stopped myself from saying things or doing things that people deem ‘weird’ or ‘stupid’ or ‘vulgar’ or anything else people unnecessarily cry about on a regular day to day basis. There is nothing better than being ‘weird’ because why would you want to be normal? If you have something naturally different about your personality then don’t stop it from coming through because that’s you and it sets you aside from every other person in this world.
People get so hooked up on their future and their job and where they’re gonna be and where they’re gonna go. Just live it, you could die tomorrow. Recently I was getting so hooked up on what to do after university next year and now I’m just going to let everything fall into place naturally. I’m not letting any grim feelings of uncertainty touch me and I’m not going to plan my future to make sure I have a stable income or any of that bullshit. I know I’m capable of getting a good job, I know I’ve got good skills so why worry about it now and just deal with it when I come to that stage.
I know it’s cliché but ‘just be yourself’ does have valuable meaning and by not listening to it every time someone tells you, you’re just wasting your own time.
Slam Dunk North
Our Time Down Here 2:30 - 3:00
Make Do and Mend 4:10 - 4:40
No Trigger 5:00 - 5:35
Random Hand 5:50 - 6:20
SYG 7:40 - 8:25
Into It Over It (if cba) 8:30 - 9:15 (leave early)
Capdown 8:50 - 9:35
Taking Back Sunday 9:15 - 10:30
Most looking forward to SYG, Capdown, OTDH