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  • A touching story....

    As some of you know I collect diecast vehicles, and while cruising around on a diecast website forum the other day, I saw this and realized the truth that it reflects:

    A POLICE OFFICER SPEAKS
    by Trooper Mitchell Brown of the Virginia State
    Police

    Well, Mr. Citizen, it seems you've figured me out. I
    fit neatly into the
    category where you've placed me. I'm stereotyped,
    standardized,
    characterized, classified, grouped, and always
    typical. Unfortunately, the
    reverse is true. I can never figure you out. From
    birth, you teach your
    children that I'm the bogeyman, then you're
    shocked when they identify with
    my traditional enemy ... the criminal! You accuse
    me of coddling criminals
    ... until I catch your kids doing wrong.

    You may take an hour for lunch and several coffee
    breaks each day, but
    point me out as a loafer for having one cup. You
    pride yourself on your
    manners, but think nothing of disrupting my meals
    with your troubles. You
    raise Cain with the guy who cuts you off in traffic,
    but let me catch you
    doing the same thing and I'm picking on you. You
    know all the traffic laws
    ... but you've never gotten a single ticket you
    deserve.

    You shout "foul" if you observe me driving fast to a
    call, but raise the
    roof if I take more than ten seconds to respond to
    your complaint. You call
    it part of my job if someone strikes me, but call it
    police brutality if I
    strike back. You wouldn't think of telling your
    dentist how to pull a tooth
    or your doctor how to take out an appendix, yet you
    are always willing to
    give me pointers on the law. You talk to me in a
    manner that would get you
    a bloody nose from anyone else, but expect me to
    take it without batting an
    eye.

    You yell that something's got to be done to fight
    crime, but you can't be
    bothered to get involved. You have no use for me at
    all, but of course it's
    OK if I change a flat for your wife, deliver your child
    in the back of the
    patrol car, or perhaps save your son's life with
    mouth to mouth breathing,
    or work many hours overtime looking for your lost
    daughter.

    So, Mr. Citizen, you can stand there on your
    soapbox and rant and rave
    about the way I do my work, calling me every name
    in the book, but never
    stop to think that your property, family, or maybe
    even your life depends
    on me or one of my buddies. Yes, Mr. Citizen, it's
    me ... the cop!

    The author of this article was Trooper Mitchell
    Brown of the Virginia State
    Police. He was killed in the line of duty two months
    after writing the
    article. As a salute to the millions of police officers
    who put their lives
    on the line for us everyday.

    See my post entitled "A touching Story Part 2" for one of the responses that was made about the story...
    Matt

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    The following was taken from snopes.com

    Origins: Whether or not this essay was actually written by a policeman (or accurately reflects the public image of the cop on the beat), the glurgirific coda has been made up for added poignancy. According to both the Virginia State Police and the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial office, there is no record of a Mitchell Brown having served with the Virginia State Police, much less having been killed in the line of duty.

    In December 1999, Bill Johnson of the Denver Rocky Mountain News ran the piece in his column, attributing it to Trooper Mitchell Brown of the Virginia State Police. He printed a retraction a couple of days later when it turned out there was no such officer with that law enforcement agency. Mr. Johnson had received the piece from a police friend of his who in turn had gotten it in e-mail. Mr. Johnson didn't originate "Lousy Cop" but was responsible for disseminating it to an even larger audience.

    One of our readers mentions seeing this piece in his U.S. Air Force base's newsletter in the mid-1990s.

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