Najacks, I’ve had an interesting run in with the police lately. Nothing too major from a criminal standpoint, it is ongoing so I will be watching my language and happy to update in a couple months.
To put simply: I was arrested, compliant, it was all very low key, 1st time I’m in my 30’s. I wasn’t bothered much by it despite some horrific treatment from L.E. in jail (my 1st night there ever). Vast majority officers there, slightly different than the field, are power tripping and deserve 0 respect… Pledged a fraternity in college and found this experience not too different with plenty of silver linings. Bonded with people I’d never encounter in day to day life from totally different backgrounds. That was cool.
Anyways, what really incensed me was when I see my chosen lawyer after the weekend and hear numerous lies and misquotations from the police report to try and strengthen their case. A different lawyer I spoke to when looking for representation said this cop in question was relatively honest… I have no reason to lie or pander about the story to this crowd. He lied in coordination with another cop in not the smartest of ways. So hopefully my attorney abuses them during the deposition.
Now what am I supposed to surmise about cops in general? I just experienced blatant disregard for honesty and integrity 1st hand with intent to harm me and adjoining consequences. It had nothing to do with race, everyone involved is white. At some point the whole bad apple theory doesn’t fly… it’s obviously a culture problem. I’ve been MEGA pissed every time I drive by a cop in the last couple weeks. It never hit me before to donate to anti-police initiatives because I thought the job was difficult and officers deserved serious empathy for that. Now extra motivated to get involved and move the needle to an acceptable medium. I genuinely feel bad for the good cop who catches my new attitude in the future. Like what happened to me, it’s going to be too bad. But I’m going to stand up for my rights and push back as allowed by the law. Their buddies ruined it for them, now there’s cleanup on aisle 4. This is a tiny example of the larger problem. Now consider related issues for the black community who are most impacted…
Why the do police deserve my respect and ultimate complacency when asked for wearing that uniform?
So regarding the NBA, they have influence to affect policy changes due to their role in society, $, etc. Are using that accordingly.
Sorry if that was too tangential, delete if it’s appropriate. Tried to provide alternative perspective to some stereotypes mentioned.