Did You Ever Consider There Are More Police Officers Than Just The Ones In The News?

Did You Ever Consider There Are More Police Officers Than Just The Ones In The News?

Not all police officers are doing wrong.
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Pigs, Donut Patrol, Buzz Kill, Po Po, 5-0, Cops, Police Officers. What do I think when I hear the word police officer? Dad. Ever since I was little, I looked up to my dad. He is my hero, my knight in shining armor, the man who puts others always before himself. When he became an officer, it meant it was my time to share him with the world. He changed from just my man of protection to everyone's. I was no longer the only person who looked up to him and counted on him. Until I got older, this was all I thought people saw police officers as. Along with aging came a reality that I hated to see.

When I entered high school, police officers were now seen as the bad guys, the hated ones, the ones who were only out to get you. When did they turn from good to bad? Kids who were partiers or tested the law treated cops as the ultimate worse. They used terms that were unacceptable to speak of such people. Every time I overheard someone speak of a police officer or their encounters with them got me angry. Not once did I hear someone praise an officer or speak well about one. It was always how they were out to get them because they were "just hanging". Well "just hanging" was taking part in illegal acts, but of course this didn't seem wrong to them and it was the police officer who was the bad guy.

From high school to in the news too often lately, this hate continues. All over the news seems to be cases of police officers acting violently against citizens. From Michael Brown in Ferguson, to the recent dash cam video released of Timothy Runnels using excessive force at a stop, to multiple cases in between. Everyone is up in arms about the force police officers have been using and the misuse of power that has been occurring. These cases have been major issues and brought up valid points about law enforcement and some officers, yet some being the key word. Ever since these awful stories have been in the news, the image of police officers has been tainted. It seems the majority of the stories in the news is anti-police and that there has only been injustices occurring.

I am not saying that what has happened recently and frequently is acceptable. Some of these officers in cases shown in the news have been in the wrong. But these officers do not represent every other police officer and departments as a whole. No matter what profession you have, there is always going to be a few people who do wrong and act differently. But if you stereotype or make generalizations, and call everyone something upon a few things you hear or see, then I'm sorry to say but you are just being ignorant.

As a daughter of a police officer and just a fantastic man overall, of course I will be a little biased about my dad. However, this is with my biased opinion aside. I am not saying that these officers were right in their abuse of power and excessive force used. I am saying that these officers are a few, even though it may seem like hundreds, out of all the good officers there are in this country and others. Let us not forget why we have police officers and all the good they do for us. They are here to protect us and do what is right and good. They are our saviors and heroes at times. Not every day are they stopping a mass murderer, but they are doing good. Besides stops that take place to ensure the law is being followed, they are checking on the wellbeing of citizens, helping animals, protecting us from evil, and doing what is necessary to try and keep right in the world.

My dad will always be my hero, as he should be for me and others. Not only do I look up to my dad, but to other officers as well. They are putting their lives at risk for us on a daily basis and are not thanked or given gratitude enough. When I see a man or women in uniform, the first thing word I think of is grateful. I am grateful to have these men and women putting others before themselves and ensuring what is right is being done. Now being pulled over for speeding when you're late, or getting a ticket for not having your inspection up to date is never fun. But they aren't doing so because they are out to get you, they are doing so because it's the law.

All that I ask is that next time you see an officer, don't jump to your first thought that is affected by media. Don't allow all the negative images and thoughts cloud your mind from people who have had bad experiences with officers. There will always be bad apples in groups of people, but this isn't the majority. If you think of this and see the good in officers, please say thank you once in a while. These officers have people in their lives that they love and care for, and vice versa. They are humans too and they are putting themselves out there to protect others. Take this into consideration next time you want to call that police officer a pig or other less kind words. My dad will always be my hero-- that is what everyone else should be able to see him as too.

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To The Senior Graduating High School In A Month

"What feels like the end, is often the beginning."
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It wasn’t too long ago that I was in your shoes. Just a little over a year ago, I was the senior that had a month left. One month left in the hometown that I grew up in. One month left with the friends that I didn’t want to leave. One month left in the place that I had called “my school” for the past four years. You are probably thinking the same things I thought whenever it came down to only 30 days left. You’re probably scared, nervous, worried, or anxious. Maybe you’re like me and are dying to get out of high school, ready to start a new chapter. Or maybe you aren’t so ready yet. Maybe you’re wishing for a little more time.

As scary as it is, this month you have left will fly by. You’ll blink and you’ll be standing in your cap and gown, waiting for your name to be called to receive your diploma. You’ll look back on your last four years at your school and wonder why time went by so fast. It’ll be bittersweet. However, trust me when I say that you have so much to look forward to. You are about to begin taking the steps to build your future. You are going to grow and learn so much more than any high school class could teach you. You are going to meet amazing people and accomplish amazing things. So, as scared as you might be, I encourage you to take that first step out of your comfort zone and face this world head on. Chase your dreams and work towards your goals. You are smart. You are brave. You are capable of achieving amazing things. All your life, the lessons you have learned have prepared you for this point in your life. You are more than ready.

There are times when you will feel alone, scared, or confused. There are times when it won’t always be easy. But those are the times when you will shine the most because I know you will work through whatever problems you may face. Don’t think of the bad times as a terrible thing. Use them all as learning experiences. As author Joshua Marine once said, “Challenges are what make life interesting and overcoming them is what makes life meaningful.”

You might think that this is the end. However, it’s not. This is only the beginning. Trust me when I say that the adventures and opportunities you are about to face are nothing compared to high school. Whether you are going to college, going to work, or something else, this is the beginning of your journey called life. It will be exciting, it will be terrifying, but it will all be worth it.

So, as you walk out of your high school for the very last time, I encourage you to take a deep breath. Relax. You’ll always have the memories to look back on from high school. But your time is now, it begins today. Embrace it.

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Let's Talk More About Lori Laughlin Facing Up To 20 Years In Prison When Brock Turner Got 6 Months

And he was released three months early for 'good behavior'... after sexually assaulting an unconscious girl behind a dumpster.

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To start, Lori Laughlin messed up royally, and I don't condone her actions.

If you live under a rock and are unaware of what happened to the "Full House" star, here's the tea:

Lori Laughlin and husband Mossimo Giannulli — and like 50 other celebrity parents — were found guilty of conspiracy to commit fraud, and paid a $1 million bail on conspiracy to commit mail fraud, and honest services fraud. You don't need to know what these mean except that she paid $500,000 to get her two daughters, Bella and Olivia Jade Giannulli.

I know you're wondering why they did it — tbh I am too — however, these parents paid the University of Southern California to give admission to her daughters in through the rowing team on campus, despite neither one of them actually playing the sport ever in their life.

Yeah, Aunt Becky messed up and should face punishment, but why is she facing up 20 years when men like Brock Turner are sentenced only six months for raping an unconscious woman behind a dumpster at Stanford?

I hate to bring up the gender card, but I'm pulling it: Why is Lori Laughlin — a woman who with bad judgement who used money to give an upper-hand to her entitled daughters — face more prison time than a man who willingly raped a woman who wasn't in a right state of mine (or any at all!) behind a dumpster of all places.

The answer? Because the system is a mess.

Yeah, Aunt Becky paid for her daughters to get into a school, giving disadvantages to students actually deserving and wanting to attend a college. Her act was immoral, and ultimately selfish, but it doesn't even compare to what Brock Turner did, and it doesn't even effect others as much his rape survivor.

The most that will happen to the Giannulli girls is an expulsion and a temporary poor reputation, however, Emily Doe (the alias of the survivor) will feel the consequences of the attack forever.

There should have been a switch:

Lori Laughlin and the Target guy should have had to pay other students tuition/student debt while facing prison time, while Brock Turner should have had to face over 20 years with more consequences.

But, that'll never happen because our system sucks and society is rigged. I guess our society would prefer a rapist walking around more so a woman who made a poor choice by paying for her daughters to go to a college.

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