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TF Magazine - May 11, 2018

From A Byrd’s Eye

In this months edition of From a Byrd’s Eye, I would like to clear the air. I’ve gotten a lot of crap from my more conservative friends of friends for my previous articles. Typically I don’t give a Tyler Perry intercourse with a Lion Gates what people think of my opinion. However, I do care when people misinterpret what I say. Somehow, someway, people are drawn to this wild conclusion that I do not like cops. Which couldn’t be further from the truth. I love cops. I love talking to them *in a non-snitching manner (which should go without saying)* But in all seriousness, they are humans just like we are. I mean I go to church with a cop. I mean, my sister-in-law’s baby cousin Tracy got a brother and his girlfriend’s a cop.

Listen, I’ve been pulled over about 20 times in my 8 years of driving. I can admit, over half of those were faults of my own. Most of those tickets were for speeding. However the others… I’ve been pulled over driving too slow. I’ve been pulled over by a cop that was driving in front of me. Heck, I’ve been pulled over by a Cop driving without HIS headlights on, and nearly hitting MY car. I’ve been pulled over for running a stop sign that some bad unsupervised kid took down. With all that being said I think there is no need to say I have an interesting relationship with cops. These are all true stories. On the flip, I’ve talked my way out 6 of those 20 tickets.

I personally I believe there are a lot of cops that take pride in their job. They live to ‘Protect & Serve’ literally. They wake up, and as they kiss their loved ones, there’s a thought in the back of their mind not knowing if its last time. I believe these type of cop exist. In fact, I am one to believe that these type of cops outnumber the cops we are accustomed to seeing. However in my culture, unfortunately… the Crooked/Bad cops outweigh these cops. Let me explain as simple as I know how. In a generation where our source for information is Television, Internet, Magazine, Music, Radio, etc… Most of what we ever hear is how some ‘Bad Apples’ shot an unarmed typically one of the lower class. Typically when it makes headlines or becomes a trending topic, its a minority. (which is a whole different topic). Whenwe finally do get a feel-good story of good cops, it’s often times brought up to counter/make us forget about what we just have seen. As if to say “See guys, there are only a few bad apples”. Intelligence insulted.

To reference Comic Genius Chris Rock, I believe he put it best when he said “Some jobs can’t have bad apples. Some jobs, everybody gotta be good.” He went on to use the example of pilots. “American Airlines can’t be like, “Most of our pilots like to land. We just got a few bad apples… that like to crash into mountains. Please bear with us.” Gotta love the Goat.

We feed this monster known as injustice by ignoring facts. We feed this monster by making excuses. We let injustice get comfortable in our household by looking the other way. And in this particular case of injustice, typically nothing is done as this monster known as police brutality grows. As a result, people are fed up. The only way it seems to get their voices heard and gain national coverage is by protesting.

Because once again in this generation, our source is Television, Internet, Magazine, Music, Radio, etc…
So with a fight fire, with fire approach, no one ever thinks about the innocent who gets burned. At the end of the day your no different than the monster your fighting against, the only difference is, Injustice typically walks away free. Where you walk away in cuffs, behind bars, or with a bullet in your head.

I salute those that use their platform to Peacefully protest. For those who use their platform to speak out and bring awareness to this issue. As stated before this is one that can not be ignored. With that being said, I want to take this time to salute officers I was speaking of earlier. The ones that wake up every morning, and kiss their significant other, their children every morning not knowing if it’s their last. For that cop that I go to church with. The 6 cops I’ve talked my way out of a ticket with. But seriously, can you imagine being despised simply based on the content of the uniform you wear. This is because your co-workers happen to make the news ever so often for being bad at their job. I can, the only difference is, I can’t take my uniform off. The feeling of being absolutely despised by some of the population because of the actions of other officers? All the good you’ve done being overshadowed by national coverage. For those who cringe at the very idea of taking a life in true self-defense, and that very vision haunts you as you are asleep. I dedicated this article to you guys. I wanted to set the record straight, I am thankful for the 96% cops we have here locally. When I hear about these acts of injustice and police brutality. I really soak in how blessed I am. But I am aware enough, or as they say, ‘Woke’ enough to know that what I see on my television, on my phone, in magazines, is someone else’s reality. And I would very be appreciative if the type of cops I’ve mentioned, you know, the ones that literally live to Protect & Serve? I would really be appreciative if they would call out, or if you will, “Weed out the bad cops. [because] It’s the only sane option to deal with bad cops.” I’d imagine it’s an uncomfortable thing to do, but ignoring facts, making excuses, isn’t doing anyone any favors… including yourself.

For those who missed it, can someone please hashtag #fullcircle. And for those who have been following me, you know that this is the parts of “From a Byrd’s Eye” where I leave you with a quote. Of course, there is the obvious quote of “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” by Martin Luther King.
There’s also Nelson Mandela “As long as poverty, injustice and gross inequality persist in our world, none of us can truly rest.” But this round I think we should go with President Lincoln “Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man’s character, give him power.”

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