There is a lot of violence in my stories. This has led some people to think that I myself am okay with violence. I would like to point out there are also a lot of werewolves in my stories. I assure you, I very rarely howl at the moon.
I am not a pacifist. From time to time, violence is necessary. However, you will find I have absolutely nothing but contempt for those who utilize it as a first resort. I don’t ‘respect the blue line’ or have unquestioning reverence for our military. There are cops and soldiers I respect, and I respect those who joined to put their lives on the line to defend others.
But I’ll be blunt here. I think way too many folks in uniform have a fetish for violence. And thus, yeah, you’ll find me saying a lot of disrespectful things about police officers these days.
Look, if I can take a knife away from a mentally impaired individual off medication while they are in the middle of a full meltdown and do so without either myself or that person getting hurt….
Please explain to me exactly why I should have any sort of fucking respect for a group of people that can’t handle a ten year old kid without body-slamming or shooting them?
I see more action in a given week than most cops do in their entire careers, and it is extremely rare for me to actually have to resort to actual violence. I don’t ever have to put anyone in a choke hold. I’ve been attacked over a hundred times already this year and on only one of those occasions did I have to take someone to the ground.
Because deescalation tactics actually work. I know. I use them every single time I go to work. Nine times out of ten, I can keep the situation from getting physical at all, and the rest of the time I can stop things with little more than holding onto someone’s arm.
And I work with people who are already off the streets because they are a danger to themselves and others.
So the real ‘why’ question here is why, exactly, do we expect so little from these people we are apparently supposed to ‘respect’?