…a known journalist who you’d speak to, who can check on your background and protect your anonymity? I would repost this in plenty of places if I had a way to know it was verified real — many of the arguments stand on their own (and I make similar arguments), but this piece adds the much less commonly seen element of telling about your police experiences and connecting those arguments to those experiences, and that is valuable if it can at least be verified that you did serve as you say you did, even if all of the individual incidents can’t be separately checked.
I don’t give a damn if he is verified or not. I’m a civil rights attorney who has trained police on “diversity” and to my experience a lot of what he says is absolutely true. firstname.lastname@example.org
And a lot of what he says fills in the gaps in my knowledge of police, and why they do what they do “unofficially.” I have worked on Internal Affairs investigations that had a racial/sexual component and was quite honestly disgusted by the incestuous nature of the culture.
It is a tough job, for sure…but the cops are not encouraged to cope well. Booze and sex to dull a pain in the soul that comes from living and working in an extremely toxic and secretive work culture.