Recently one of my favorite people posted this on social media.
Now this person means well, and I'm pretty sure this didn't originate with them, but I feel a response to this is necessary. So, for your consideration, my own version of 'Dear Officer'
I want you to know that I see you. I see you driving around on your cell phone in between bouts of pulling people over for talking on their cell phones. I see you harassing men for preaching the gospel in public. I see you at traffic stops, not because the driver has actually done committed a crime, but because your real job is to bring in money for the state via ticket-writing. I see you arresting people for filming you while doing your job. I see you drive past the man stuck in the ditch so that you can bother the man going 2 miles over the completely made-up speed limit. I see you drive past the man walking down the side of the road whose car has broken down so that you can get to the donut shop. I see you, and your bosses, dispatching a SWAT team to serve a warrant. I see you serving as a crime scene historian, dutifully taking notes after the crime has occurred and, unless a lead falls out of the sky and lands in your lap, going no further. I also see that no amount of money or manpower is too much if another officer has been wronged. I see you executing no-knock warrants to the wrong house and killing the inhabitants. I see you killing unarmed men because you felt 'threatened'. I see you lording your status over the populace, and glorying in the hero worship. I see that if you kill a man while on the job, you keep your job and are given several days to get your story straight before you are questioned. I see your fellow officers lie for you, and cover for you. I see that you aren't a 'peace officer' but rather in 'law enforcement', which is a totally different mindset. I see you armed with para-military gear. I see you deploying tear gas against the people you've sworn to protect. I see you arresting people for possession of a plant. I see the 'us versus them' mentality in your eyes. I see that you are flesh and bones like me, that your uniform shouldn't give you less accountability, but yet it does.