Written By: Marie Oszust
I have this friend.
And like a lot of the people I grew up with,
He didn’t always have it easy.
Seen his share of bad sh!t, lost some loved ones along the way..
But despite the hand life dealt him
He could always tell right from wrong.
Nothing in this world..
To shake him or his beliefs
And that’s why they picked him.
Isn’t that why they pick all of them?
‘To Protect and Serve’ despite the evident “Shades of Grey”?
Only problem is,
They don’t always stay that way, do they??
And for the same reasons they’re chosen,
On someone else’s stake.
KILL OR BE KILLED
Survival Of The Fittest, they say.
Never really having to place themselves in a position to be judged.
Judgement would mean mercy;
Mercy would demean accomplishment
And accomplishment would acquire a certain level of completion;
Completely committing to one thing.
Forcing them to pick one side.
And they don’t always want to pick a side, do they??
Clean Cop – Dirty Cop?
Loyal Peasant – Unfaithful Serpent?
9 out of 10 times, They want both.
Arrest the bad guy; keep the stash
Marry the wife; bang the girlfriend
Spending most of their careers
Looking for something they can’t touch.
Searching for something they already own.
Going through the motions of what’s expected
Never realizing it’s a choice NOT a chance that makes the man
A Chance to put his life on the line every-day.
A Choice that places his life on the line every-day for those very same strangers (now) judging his every-move.
Regardless of every-right.
Always finding that one wrong.
And that’s what we do, isn’t it??
We find that one wrong.
And not only do we find it,
We pick it out, point it out and display it for all to see
Because suddenly it’s our (only) moral obligation to do so.
Instead of saying:
“OH, HEY OFFICER McSOANDSO.. I HEARD ABOUT THAT 47 YEAR OLD MAN RAPING LITTLE GIRLS. THANKS FOR TAKING THAT CHILD MOLESTING MONSTER OFF OUR STREETS LAST NIGHT.”
“I SAW YOU PARK ILLEGALLY! I SAW YOU SMOKE A CIGARETTE! I SAW YOU RUN INTO 711 TO GET A CUP OF COFFEE ON TAX PAYER TIME! SO I TOOK A PICTURE OF YOU ON MY CELLPHONE AND I POSTED IT ALL OVER THE INTERNET BECAUSE YOU’RE WHAT’S WRONG WITH AMERICA!”
Neglecting the fact that these people are in fact, human.
Sometimes working 16 hour shifts.
Willingly serving our cities..
Willingly surrendering their lives
Knowing they might not see the end of day.
Knowing they might not kiss their wives or husbands goodnight,
Tuck their children in
Or even get that one last chance to tell their parents just how much they love them.
They’re not really like us, or are they??
Doing the best they can..
Fighting for a better life.
Fighting for a better future.
For our city,
For our children.
Yet, our focus shifts
And somewhere along the way
We’re the ones led astray by the kind of bullsh!t that demands respect by behaving dis-respect-fully.
Meanwhile it is solely our society depicting these individuals as heroes
Just high enough to crucify
Just high enough to plant seeds of doubt in their brains that soon spreads like wildfire.
Having them second guess every last step..
Having them second guess every wrong turn..
MURDERING the very same instinct that fundamentally knew how to distinguish wrong from right
The real reason they were chosen in the first place.
We steal their purpose.
We strip their pride.
We lose their trust.
We change who they are then wonder why they’re not
The way they used to be.
Why this world isn’t what it used to be.
Worst part is,
(Somewhere deep-down inside)
We know this.
We still do it
And we still have the balls to ask,
When do the ends justify blue collar means?
The answer is: They don’t.
- NO ONE FROWNS UPON A DIRTY COP BECAUSE HE’S DIRTY. THEY FROWN UPON HIM BECAUSE HE PRETENDS TO BE CLEAN.
When does one man’s life become more important than another’s?
The answer is: Never.
- WE ARE ALL GIVEN A CHANCE TO MAKE A CHANGE. WHAT WE CHOOSE TO DO WITH IT IS COMPLETELY UP TO US.
We can never buy back time.
We can never buy back a life.
But a cop can give a life,
Serve a life
And protect a life.
Who are we to
Doubt a life,
Change a life
Or for any matter
Take a life?
NO ONE IS INFALLIBLE
And not everyone who does what feels right
Knows what actually IS right.
It should come as no surprise that all that righteousness could get warped over time.
Years on the job ..
Seducing badge after badge
Into believing they’ve seen it all
And they’re probably right.
They have seen it all.
If not all,
More than most of us.
Everything that is,
Except for themselves.
Because somewhere along the way they were too busy trying to be what YOU thought they should be or simply because
They just stopped caring,
The blood stops bleeding blue
And both sides completely miss the point.
Both sides dodging the only bullet that once mattered.
A place I too would soon find myself in when..
I had this friend.
And like a lot of the people I grew up with,
She didn’t always have it easy.
Seen her share of bad shit, lost some loved ones along the way..
But deep down inside I really thought she could be the one.
I really thought she would be the one to re-write what’s so wrong with our system.
Little did I know..
10 out of 10 times
That one out of 10,
In the line of fire..
Protecting the other 9 too scared to move.
“Good order is the foundation of all things. The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.”