Going to be honest, I’m very afraid of cops. I’ve never been harassed by cops in any way shape or form, but I fear them. At the same time, I know I need them. God forbid if I’m ever a crime victim, I’m not calling a gangbanger. I’m dialing 911 immediately. I figured out how I will myself around police officers from now on. It’s the only way I know how since complying with their demands will NOT, I repeat, will NOT prevent me from becoming a victim of police violence.
I’ll simply avoid them. That’s the only way for me to be safe. I’ll avoid eye contact, avoid asking for directions as much as possible, I won’t talk to them at all unless it’s necessary. Black women can’t be too careful or naïve about this.
With all of that said, I can’t and won’t sympathize with anyone that kills a police officer. Today, at least 3 and possibly 4 Baton Rouge police officers were shot dead in the line of duty:
At least three Baton Rouge police officers were killed and three others injured Sunday morning, the city’s mayor and the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office said.
At least one suspect is dead, but law enforcement officials believe two others may be at large, the sheriff’s office said. A senior law enforcement official said the suspect wore black fatigues and was armed with a rifle.
All we know about the suspects is that they wore black fatigues. It is not a stretch to assume that they were black extremist types but not impossible for them to have been white nationalist looking to start trouble, but that’s another story.
While I’m afraid of cops, I recognize that murdering them is wrong NO MATTER WHAT IS GOING ON. My fear of them will not now or ever cause me to empathize with their killers.
At the end of my day, I need the cops I’m very afraid of.