We leave our homes without thinking twice. All we hope and pray for is another smooth night.
Just one more day, when we can survive all the fights, the domestics, the crashes, the disputes, the hatred, … just one more day of life.
While we are on duty, just trying to survive the night, we often will gather at our favorite place to grab a quick bite. Just 30 minutes of peace, with my zone partners, in between the chaos at night. Just 30 minutes among ourselves, to refuel, and get back in the fight.
Disturbing the Peace … With Murder
Two of my fellow officers were not allowed to enjoy this brief moment of peace on April 19, 2018.
Due to the true condition of America, they were forced to pay the ultimate price. Two sheriff’s deputies were killed in Florida last month—gunned down in broad daylight. They were eating at a Chinese restaurant, when a shooter walked up and started blasting through a window. Ambushed, while trying to enjoy that brief moment of peace, in between the chaos.
This Is a Cop’s Life in America
This is the cop’s life in America. The life that the media and politicians choose to exploit for ratings and votes, while at the same time ignoring issues when it comes to our lives.
They will get on stage and write statements about their “deepest condolences,” and the very next day damn us as expendables in the grand scheme of their political agendas.
This is the cop’s life in America, where the only true condolences come from family, friends, and the other cops who fight. Those who now have to look over their shoulder, as they try to enjoy that 30 minutes of peace in between the chaos at night.
Jay Stalien grew up in the “hood” in Brooklyn, NY. He watched out-of-control black-on-black crime from childhood. As an adult he wondered who would help bring the violence to an end, so he stepped up to become a cop. He began his career with the Baltimore Police Department before a lateral move to West Palm Beach, Florida, where he currently works as a police officer.
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