I’ll be the first to admit that police work has always been one of those things that even when done correctly is best kept out of the spotlight. Like politics, no one wants to see how the sausage is made. So cops aren’t entirely wrong when they say that civilians see even routine totally legit police work as brutal or corrupt.
But where I disagree is that cops seem to think that they should be the only ones who don’t have to deal with the consequences of our new panoptic surveillance culture.
I mean, I work in hospitality management-I’m not driving a school bus or carrying a gun and enforcing the law-and I could be fired at any second over posting an off color joke on social media or even having someone tag me in the wrong picture. I dated a girl who was fired from her job because she took an IG picture in the break room that was just a selfie but the caption said “yeah bitch” and a customer saw it, complained for some reason and she was canned for it.
The fact that police are in general super enthusiastic about this surveillance culture when the cameras are pointed at anyone else also lessens my sympathy for their plight.