Is there a perception that cops hate you and vice versa? Do cops really hate the public as some say? Does the public hate them in return?

They say the best humor contains a dose of reality. Consequently, this piece is meant to fillet our inner bias and laugh a little. So perhaps we can grasp transactional analysis, which is the method for studying interactions between individuals. Consequently, one of the stated goals is to understanding things from the perspective of others.

With that said, let’s poke fun at each one another.

Why cops hate you

  • You are not smart enough to take cover even though they are crouched behind their police unit telling you to get down.
  • While they conduct an investigation with parolees sitting on the curb, you do not see a problem interrupting to ask for directions.
  • Your smart phone was left sitting in the cup holder in your car, yet it is their fault someone smashed your window and stole it.
  • You call 911 when you need 411.
  • While they eat dinner you seek legal advice about your crazy relative.
  • Everyone is guilty except members of your family.
  • You can’t peacefully exchange kids with your ex, so you need to bring the fight to the front steps of the police department.
  • You are never guilty when stopped for a traffic violation.
  • The cone pattern at the major traffic collision is for everyone except you.
  • You do not want them to violate your constitutional rights, but you demand they violate the rights of everyone you do not like.

Why you hate cops

  • Police do not have anything better to do than issue you a ticket.
  • They all act like (fill in the blank with your favorite pejorative).
  • Cops privately laugh at your victimization.
  • The killjoys think skateboarding and playing basketball in the street are criminal acts.
  • They never take your side in a domestic dispute.
  • All they do is hang out at donut shops.
  • Cops are hawkish people abusing their power.
  • Police don’t obey the laws they are supposed to uphold.
  • They routinely violate your civil rights.
  • They are not held accountable.
  • You get “kissed off” every time you need help.

Since there is no shortage of animosity among us, each list could go on. But let’s stop there. Now that we’ve gotten this off our chest, perhaps we can get along? The next time we make a judgment call, maybe we should try to understand the perspective of the other?

– Jim McNeff, partner and managing editor, Law Enforcement Today