A Cop Speaks, from Jeff Rollert

December 11, 2014 |

 From the Facebook page K9s4Cops, by Lt.  Daniel Furseth:

Today, I stopped caring about my fellow man. I stopped caring about my community, my neighbors, and those I serve. I stopped caring today because a once noble profession has become despised, hated, distrusted, and mostly unwanted.

I stopped caring today because parents refuse to teach their kids right from wrong and blame us when they are caught breaking the law. I stopped caring today because parents tell their little kids to be good or "the police will take you away" embedding a fear from year one. Moms hate us in their schools because we frighten them and remind them of the evil that lurks in the world.

They would rather we stay unseen, but close by if needed, but readily available to "fix their kid." I stopped caring today because we work to keep our streets safe from mayhem in the form of reckless, drunk, high, or speeding drivers, only to be hated for it, yet hated even more because we didn't catch the drunk before he killed someone they may know.

Nevertheless, we are just another tool used by government to generate "revenue." I stopped caring today because Liberals hate the police as we carry guns, scare kids, and take away their drugs. We always kill innocent people with unjust violence. We are called bullies for using a Taser during a fight, but are condemned further for not first tasing the guy who pulls a gun on us.

And if we do have to shoot, we are asked "why didn't you just shoot the gun out of their hand?" And when one of us is killed by the countless attacks that do happen (but are rarely reported in the mainstream media) the haters say, "Its just part of the job." I stopped caring today because Conservatives hate us as we are "the Government." We try to take away their guns, freedoms, and liberty at every turn. (continued)

Stefan Jovanovich comments: 

What Lt. Furseth is really complaining about is the 1st Amendment. No one in his actual life has ever asked him to shoot a weapon out of the criminal's hand. That is a question that he has only read or seen asked in the public soup we call social media and the press. For cops this the golden age in terms of pay, weaponry, body armor, mortality and public pensions so, of course, the logical consequence is that their public posture should be to complain about the lack of respect from people in general.





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3 Comments so far

  1. Steve on December 11, 2014 2:36 pm

    The police are like any other monopoly. Over time, the quality of service from a monopoly falls just as the cost of providing that service rises.

  2. Stan Rowen on December 11, 2014 8:11 pm

    Can we not relate to Lt. Furseth’s anguish over the no-win situation in which the police often find themselves? I checked the rest of his eloquent statement, to which 9,415 comments have been logged to-date. His statement ends with the following significant observations on the degraded state of current culture in this country.

    “I stopped caring today because the culture of today’s instantly connected youth is only there to take and never give back. To never accept responsibility for one’s actions, but to blame everyone else instead of themselves. To ask, ‘what is in it for me?’ versus ‘what can I do for you?’ To idolize gangsters, thugs, sexually promiscuous behavior, and criminals over hard work, dedication, and achievement. To argue that getting stoned should be a right, yet getting a job or an education is a hassle. To steal versus earn. To hate versus help. Yes, I stopped caring today. But tomorrow, I will put my uniform back on and I will care again.”

    Context is everything. Is it a “do the right thing, even if it will not be appreciated” statement? A “dam*ned if you do, dam*ned if you don’t” statement? And yet, it ends on such a positive, uplifting note. Yes, we don’t appreciate our firemen until they arrive to extinguish our burning house and risk their lives to save people’s children and pets. Ambulances are a nuisance until one of them arrives in the middle of the night with a medic to provide care to your suddenly-ill spouse.

  3. Jayson on December 12, 2014 6:02 pm

    He strung together some of the worst hyperbole and vented his frustration, here’s an antidote from the opposite end of the spectrum.

    The perceived role of police and the culture of both the police and the people has been changing over the years. I can appreciate how challenging it must be to enforce innumerable vague laws against people who cannot possibly be aware of all of them.


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