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.