I see him roll by at least twice a day. Sometimes he speeds by my community center headed to meet with one of my neighbors. Everyday, he or one of his friends are bouncing or slow rolling like a patrol looking for anything out of the ordinary.
It kind of reminds me of the old days. The days we would be in those dusty streets making contact with everyday people. Those dusty streets where doors would be knocked on, brown faces would peer out, and the look of fear would be in the eyes of some Iraqi woman or child. That was years ago, but today, here in good ol’ America, it looks and feels no different.
I mean, “Y’all are here again?” The neighborhood has been pretty quiet the last few months. Kids are playing in the streets when they can. Folks are talking on the porches, listening to music bumping from the cars. Oh the smell of the carnitas cooking next door.
But he is here again.
I don’t have any immediate issue with him. I mean he has a job to accomplish. He has twelve hours of riding in that black and white SUV. Twelve hours to make sure everybody on the block is not violating what the “servants” have determined what is not permissible. So I don’t have any problem with him, he’s just trying to do a job. A job requiring a presence in our lives as if we needed babysitting.
It’s kind of funny isn’t it? Apparently we have enough common sense to head to the polls in a few months and push some buttons but we don’t have enough sense to…live. I’m starting to understand why they keep coming here…again, and again, and again. I got it. If someone is hurt or had some property taken, I would understand, we would all understand. But you are here again because for some reason we need a babysitter. You know what? This isn’t funny in the least.
Folks keep talking about over-policing. The police are always in these communities and because these men and women are here we have to deal with these violent interactions at times. Everybody is risking they lives.
Why do we keep seeing these law enforcement officers day in and day out? What is one of the reasons for over-policing? You need to look no further than your city hall and state capitols. Law enforcement are there because they are told to be there by people who more than likely will not see them. Unless they are speeding to the next fundraiser for the upcoming election. So the only people who have to suffer the experience of suspicion are those who had no opportunity to make a decision.
But hey, your “servants” are doing these things for you.
“Vote for me please. I’ll keep you safe.”
Twenty dollars supposedly.
Let me exhale for a moment….
What’s really sad is we see law enforcement more often than the elected officials who claim to be our servants.
Well for what it’s worth, at least the police officer has a better understanding of our lives than a politician.