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04-22-10, 07:06 AM #1
Innocent Victims - Where Are They?
Oh man I could have written this. This guy has nailed it.
Beat and Release: Innocent Victims - Where Are They?
The worst day on this job is the day you realize you really aren't helping as many people as you thought you would. The majority of crime victims are victimized because they choose to live a specific lifestyle, e.g. drug users who get robbed or murdered while trying to purchase their drug of choice. Or the dealer who gets murdered by the competition. I could go on and on with the examples, but why bother? It won't change anything. Most of the time, WE won't change anything - or anyone.
I came to this realization many years ago when I was a young, idealistic investigator. It didn't take long for me to discover that the first order of business when assigned a case was to check out the victim. A lot of the time they had outstanding warrants. I would have them come in and give me a statement regarding their case, then hook them up on the warrant, clearing two cases in one fell swoop. After a short time I managed to get over the fact that there were very few truly innocent victims anymore. I know that doesn't sound right to the average person. We should rejoice because of that fact. For those of us who are dedicated to a long career helping others it proves to be a disappointment. I simply supplanted the disappointment with a fascination of what one person could do to another, or to themselves.
That fascination is now wearing thin. Don't get me wrong, I'm still having fun runnin' & gunnin', but I will be glad when this part of my life has run it's course. At first I thought I would teach, having lectured at several universities and local technical colleges and having taught at the high school level for over ten years. Now I am not so enamored with the idea. On the day I retire I think I will be inclined to delete all the crime scene photos, lesson plans, videos and PowerPoint presentations. It will be time to move on.
I have never been to war, but I think I have some idea what it feels like to be war weary. Anyone who makes it through twenty to thirty years in a medium to large size city probably feels the same way. I kept an eye on the past generation of old school retirees as they left the department. Most of them served when being a police officer meant something to both the officer and the public; at a time when they were heroes to little kids, not villains painted with the brush of lies and assumptions. A lot of them died before their time, longing for a feeling they could never get back, no matter what they did in retirement. I don't plan to be one of those statistics.
I may not even attend my own retirement ceremony. Just hand me my plaque and my flag on the day I turn in all my gear and we will call it even. Thanks for the memories, good, bad, horrible and unspeakable. Thanks for the icy hand embedded in my chest, wringing out my heart, trying to ensure I don't care about anyone or anything. It isn't getting the job done, but I can feel it in there trying. Thanks for the opportunity to experience the brotherhood, to know what it feels like to actually put my own life at the precipice in exchange for that of a fellow officer, or for a citizen. Thanks for the wild ride, but the time to un-ass is swiftly approaching and I'm planning to leap onto the platform, head down the stairs and never look back.Pleasing nobody, one person at a time.
That which does not kill me, better start fucking running.
If I lived every day like it was my last, the body count would be staggering.
I intend to go in harm's way. -John Paul Jones
Hunt the wolf, and bring light to the dark places that others fear to go. LT COL Dave Grossman
04-22-10, 09:12 AM #2
The above article breaks my heart. I think, maybe, the innocent victims at the end of it all are the cops themselves.\\` ` ` ` < ` )___/\
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"...but to forget your duck, of course, means you're really screwed." - Gary Larson
04-22-10, 09:21 AM #3
04-22-10, 01:14 PM #4
It isn't the bad guys that kill the joy, it's the public and the bosses.I'm your huckleberry...
Quemadmoeum gladis nemeinum occidit, occidentus telum est!
You can be the weapon, and the gun in your hand is a tool - or the gun is a weapon and you are the tool.
I was looking for a saint who was a devil of a lover,
but every girl I found was either one way or the other...
04-22-10, 01:23 PM #5
Meanwhile, fishing in Russia:
"When plunder becomes a way of life for a group of men living together in society, they create for themselves in the course of time a legal system that authorizes it and a moral code that justifies it." -- Frederic Bastiat
"Certainly there is no hunting like the hunting of man and those who have hunted armed men long enough and liked it, never really care for anything else thereafter." Ernest Hemingway
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04-22-10, 03:09 PM #7'Political Correctness is a doctrine fostered by a
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04-23-10, 04:29 PM #8
This thread gives SPD a big sad.
Yeah, a lot of times it sucks. But I could be digging ditches or roofing houses. I'll stick with this.Idiot
04-23-10, 04:54 PM #9SI VIS PACEM PARA BELLUM-Ex-Sheriff Martin Howe to Will Kane in "High Noon"
"It's a great life. You risk your skin catching killers and the juries turn them loose so they can come back and shoot at you again. If your honest , your poor your whole life. And , In the end , you wind up dying all alone on some dirty street. For what? For nothing. For a tin star."
Far from being a handicap to command, compassion is the measure of it. For unless one values the lives of his soldiers and is tormented by their ordeals , he is unfit to command.
-General Omar Bradley, United States Army
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