A Police Officer Has Never Once Made Me Feel Any Safer

I wish it weren’t true.

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The police have always scared me.

I’m a nonviolent person. The worst crime I’ve ever committed is driving 10 mph over the speed limit. And yet, every single time I see a police officer my heart freezes. My skin turns pale.

The police protect people like themselves.

He was on the high school track team. We wound up going to the same college. One time, he said he would date me, except, “I’m pretty sure you’ve tried weed, and that’s not cool in my book.”

My mom was scared of the police

My mom used to tell me a terrifying bedtime story. Once, when she was 16 or 17, she got pulled over by a police officer.

The police terrorize people.

In college, I did a few police ride-alongs for the school newspaper. It’s the kind of thing journalism students do when there’s nothing else to write about. I did at least three all-nighters.

The police interrogate victims.

It was New Year’s Eve.

An off-duty police officer almost ran me off the road.

It was an early morning, and I was heading in to cover a class for a teacher who’d just quit his job without notice.

The police have never made me feel safe.

If you’re angry, take a deep breath.

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