When you demonize an entire group of people you rob them of their basic humanity. This cop is obviously at his wit’s end.
This story isn’t built around this man’s name. His age. The name of the city he works in.
He’s more than that. He’s a reminder of the ordinary, honest cop in every city who gets up when most of us are going to bed, who works those holidays that we get off, who misses events and milestones he’d want to attend and gets sent out to meet people on their very worst day — day after day after day. And that’s kind of the point. He’s the ‘everyman’ of our police forces, law enforcement that makes the difference between our society and so many other failed states.
This time last year, they were briefly called ‘COVID Heroes’ — until it became fashionable to despise them again.
It’s easy to rage against a ‘system’, to assume that ‘all cops are bad’.
For a multi-millionaire football player to put on his ‘pig socks’ and lead a misinformation campaign in his efforts to destroy public faith in policing by exaggerating the negatives, and downplaying the positives while making sure that all culpability for any negative interaction lands on the shoulders of the police.
Who does that hurt? We’ve already got plenty of statistics about the resignations, or the injured cops, or the massive spikes in crime once police back off or have fewer people able to patrol dangerous neighborhoods.
Hint: It’s not the champagne socialists in their black-tie events and their gated communities who wind up paying any price for these spikes in crime. It’s going to be the working-class, and rougher neighborhoods getting smoked in the head by that statistical pool cue.
Oh man. This one hurts pic.twitter.com/9GdzeAQTVd
— PT News Network (@PTNewsnetwork) May 1, 2021
He may be ‘everyman’ but Major Kelvin Dingle is also an individual… which is the other part of what gets lost in the shuffle of sticking everyone into neat little boxes of ‘my team’ or ‘their team’.
Dingle is the operations commander at the Morehouse School of Medicine’s public safety office, in Atlanta. He often documents his experiences as an officer on his TikTok account, where he describes himself as both an “inspirational speaker” and “Christian Youth counselor” in his biography.
Dingle has received an outpouring of support on TikTok, with users commenting on his video with messages like “I’m so upset that this is your reality” and “You have so much support.” —Newsweek
Is it too much to ask for people to step back from their political talking points and leave room for the other guy to be afforded a little bit of humanity?
God Bless you, officer Dingle.
To take that abuse and keep on showing up takes fortitude and integrity. That is not nearly as appreciated as it should be.
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