One thing you can say about 2014: it’s been a bad year to wear a badge. People around the world are fed up with abusive, militarized police—as a new memo to St. Louis police about a class designed to help officers “win the media” after shooting someone makes perfectly clear.
Public ire spilled over once again yesterday, with the 17th annual “Thank a Police Officer Day” going about as well as the #MyNYPD hashtag campaign did back in April. The observance, conceived and promoted under the banner of lawyer Andrew M. Hale’s Whole Truth Project, is meant to further that group’s aim of combating negative assumptions about cops.
Instead, social media users took the opportunity to reinforce those unflattering stereotypes.
#ThankAPoliceOfficerDay Thank you for providing an ongoing example of militarized fascism in the United States— Colin Dickey (@colindickey) September 20, 2014
#ThankAPoliceOfficerDay thank you for confirming my worst suspicions about you on a weekly basis.— Elon Green (@elongreen) September 20, 2014
For killing a guy selling loose cigarettes while ignoring the guy plundering pension funds #thankapoliceofficerday— Tainted Bill (@taintedbill) September 21, 2014
It hasn't gone unnoticed that you harass & interrogate my black friends when they visit my "white" neighborhood. #ThankAPoliceOfficerDay— Michael Salamone (@MichaelSalamone) September 20, 2014
the SWAT that showed up to my apt with guns drawn to arrest a man who didn't live there and pulled us from our home #ThankAPoliceOfficerDay— Joseph Charmer (@JosephCharmer) September 21, 2014
Although an American invention, “Thank a Police Officer Day” quickly took on global proportions:
Funny how this sort of thing never happens on Administrative Professionals’ Day.