It’s not certain that these voices reflect the best that rank and file police in New York City have to offer, but there is a smell about them that leads me to think that it’s not happenstance that they showed up here and decided to offer rather long comments in defense of their position.
Maybe these are the talking points the union wants out there, the best defense the cops have to offer for their actions. Maybe these are just the personal efforts of their writers, but I doubt it. First came a comment by Kevin:
Funny how the only thing you mention in this article is the fact that cops are a disgrace and should let anyone walk all over them because the public pays their taxes. Police officers are the public as well, they pay taxes (more than most) to be treated with such disrespect. That is the sole problem, disrespect! No children these days are brought up with respect or morals. The people these days only care about themselves and no one else. Police officers all over the nation turned their back on the mayor of NYC because of his abandonment of the police, HIS POLICE! that same mayor also let the “public” down and turned his back on them when he let thousand upon thousands of protesters get violent and close down streets and bridges. Do you have any idea what the severity of that was? If a person has a heart attack they have 3 to 4 minutes to get to the hospital. Did the public care about the public then? No! We’re they assaulting police officers during their “peaceful” protests? Yes! This is by far the most ignorant and a mature article I have ever read. So hold the Pulitzer and the position at the New Yorker until you mature and figure out how to write the facts and not just your opinions!
The second was a comment by Arlene Mcloughlin:
Interesting strategy you have here, insults and put downs to all who disagree with your opinions on the NYPDs actions. A few questions about your current position, how dangerous is your job? Does your keyboard pose a potential threat? I bet those water cooler conversations get mighty heated huh? Does your family fear for your safety, and hope you return each night? Of course the fantastic paycheck that the NYPD brings home and all those grand benefits make it so worth it to not only risk their lives but also be under the skeptical scrutiny of pompous asses like yourself who live in an ivory tower and think all public servants answer to them. How righteous you are, how wonderful it must be to live with such scruples that the lowly police force how dare them have a voice or opinion other then yours. oh wait you have a voice, you have an opinion. Thats your blog, a very public opinion and voice that civil servants do NOT have the luxury of. They can not strike or protest like the thugs out there. They have nothing but their actions to show disdain for this inept empty suit of a mayor. Go ahead defend him and the crap on the streets, someday you’ll need a cop. I hope they turn their backs to you too.
Most of us would truly appreciate some rational understanding of what makes an NYPD cop think he’s entitled to behave the way he has, but fear that there is no legitimate answer. To the extent these two comments reflect the best cops have to offer, they confirm, in spades, our worst fears.
It’s not that we haven’t heard these points made before. Indeed, we heard them over and over. While these are the arguments that seem to work with people who get headaches if forced to think, their illogic and irrelevance has long been recognized. They’re just foolish nonsense.
If the job of police officer is too hard, too scary, too difficult, then get another job. No one forced you to become a cop, and no one forces you to stay on the job. You can’t bear performing the functions required? So leave. Don’t let the door hit you on the butt on the way out.
No one but a cop can appreciate how hard a job it is? That’s the delusion of special snowflakes, just as cops can’t seem to appreciate how beating a guy for not jumping high enough or fast enough destroys his life. You don’t care, because it’s all about you? Yeah, we all understand. We also understand why you have no grasp of false equivalencies, strawmen, or any of the other logical fallacies that the rest of society has to live with.
Arlene accurately notes that those who disagree have been treated with insults here, though she has no grasp of why. Pathetic arguments are treated in kind. If you don’t want your thoughts ridiculed, don’t offer ridiculous thoughts. If that’s all you’ve got, then you’re shooting blanks.
But the comments of Kevin and Arlene bring another piece of this puzzle to light. One might hope that, at the very least, the police recognize the Machiavellian nature of their threats, their extortion, as if it reflects some minimal level of intelligence. These comments suggest they don’t, that they are as dopey and irrational as many, in their worst nightmare, think they are.
Sure, we all know that the vetting process in becoming a cop eliminates anyone who is too smart, as an inappropriate candidate, but we really want to believe that the ones given guns and shields aren’t among the stupidest people walking the streets. To reiterate, we give these people guns and the authority to use them against us. They can’t be that stupid, right?
The good news is that they aren’t all Arlenes and Kevin. There are also cops like Police Officer Adhyl Polanco, with a more nuanced understanding of why it’s not all about cops. But there aren’t enough Adhyl Polancos to stop the Kevins and Arlenes from making all cops look like blithering but dangerous idiots. And there are enough cops to leave the people of New York City with the clear understanding that they will sacrifice us for their own self interest, and believe that they are doing us a favor all along.
We would all like to have a reasonable discussion about this, but there is nothing reasonable to discuss when the best they have to offer is so pathologically stupid as to suggest the worst thing we can do is let these cops back on the street at all.
Sorry, but you don’t get “respect” for being disgraceful and ignorant. The former might be subject to change. The latter, not so much. The problem goes far deeper than many imagined, and comments like these confirm the worst fears.