A Policeman’s Lot is Not a Happy One

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Bob Weir is a veteran of 20 years with the New York Police Dept. (NYPD), ten of which were performed in plainclothes undercover assignments. Bob began a writing career about 16 years ago and had his first book published in 1999. He also became a syndicated columnist under the title “Weir Only Human.” Photo by and courtesy of Netsky Rodriguez.

FLOWER MOUND, TX — May 10, 2021 —  When I look at the news today and see the way police are being vilified by left wing America-haters like Antifa and Black Thugs Matter, I think back to the New York Police Academy where I trained for 4 months in the middle sixties to get prepared for facing the world as a law-enforcement officer. During the academic portion of the training, we had an instructor named Lieutenant Levine. He was about 50 years old, with more than 20 years on the job. I had just turned 21 and was probably the youngest in the class of approximately 35 recruits under the age of 30. Having been raised on the lower east side of Manhattan, I had no connection to the middle class until I began training with guys who grew up in single-family homes in Queens, Brooklyn, Long Island and Staten Island.

In addition, many of them were motivated to be cops because of family members who had been, or were still, working for NYPD. Most of my family members were actively trying to stay away from cops. It’s not that they were criminal types, but the neighborhood lent itself to activities that would not be viewed as legal to the local gendarme patrolling his beat. When residents of that tenement-filled district needed a quick loan, but didn’t have the collateral to impress a bank manager, they simply turned to the shylock, aka, loan shark in the area. They knew the rules and paid the exorbitant vigorish, realizing that failure to do so would result in a visit by some burly characters with bent noses. Moreover, the Louisville sluggers they carried had nothing to do with baseball.

Then there were the bookies and numbers runners who were always keeping an eye out for the patrol car as they were taking 2-dollar bets on the horses and quarters on the 600 to 1 odds that someone would pick the lucky number that day. Although these were low-level misdemeanors, cops had the job of enforcing laws that were essentially “victimless.” As a result, people would occasionally get arrested and become embittered toward cops for stopping them from enjoying the extraordinarily little recreation available in those depressing urban zones. Similarly, when cops turned off fire hydrants, being used to lower the temperature of the multitudes of city-dwellers during scorching summers, they were despised for merely doing their job.

Anyway, to get back to Lt. Levine, he not only taught us about the penal law, he gave us a healthy dose of his philosophy about police work. He told us that our lives were about to dramatically change from everything we’ve experienced prior to becoming a cop. “When you put on that uniform, badge and gun,” he said, “you will have entered a realm in which people will view you with suspicious eyes. Your family, friends and neighbors will suddenly think of you as an official authority figure, causing them to refrain from speaking freely around you.” He went on to tell us that everyone who ever got a traffic ticket will bring it up at social functions and add how innocent they were of the charges.

“Generally speaking, people don’t like authority,” he said. “They feel resistant to anyone who they perceive as having power over them,” he added. He went on to say that we’d only be popular when we showed up at a scene in time to assist a crime victim. However, if we got there too late, we’d be chided with the old adage, “there’s never a cop around when you need one.” He wanted us to know that there’d be times in which we’d be exposed to mild aggression and even hostility at social gatherings by those who see an opportunity to show their contempt for cops without risking consequences.

His comments were discouraging and unexpected from a superior officer who was, ostensibly, preparing us to do our job as reasonably as possible. Maybe he was trying to test our resolve to continue, or maybe he was just unloading decades of his own unpleasant experiences on a new crop of rookies. In any event, I learned how right he was when I began to see the looks on the faces of older family members when they heard I had become an enforcer of some of the laws they were used to violating. When I walked into a room occupied by my aunts and uncles, some of whom had encountered brief visits to the hoosegow, the robust chatter suddenly morphed into a morgue-like reticence.

It didn’t take long before I viewed it as more humorous than troubling. Yet, as I recall the prophetic words of our pessimistic lieutenant, I can’t help appreciating how right he was about the public’s instinctive resistance to authority. It was pretty bad during my 20 years, but thankfully, that was before the iPhone intimidation being forced on cops today as they deal with vicious invective from those who feel they have law-enforcement on the ropes. I don’t believe cops have changed much since I was chasing the bad guys. What has changed is the leftist admiration for lawbreakers and the concomitant contempt for the guardians of public order. God willing, that will change when sanity is resurrected in our country.

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Bob Weir is a veteran of 20 years with the New York Police Dept. (NYPD), ten of which were performed in plainclothes undercover assignments. Bob began a writing career about 16 years ago and had his first book published in 1999. He also became a syndicated columnist under the title “Weir Only Human.”


Bob WeirA Policeman’s Lot is Not a Happy One

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  1. Weir only made it clear that police shooting young black males won’t be scrutinized because cops have always done it!

    1. In fact, blacks kill cops 14 times more than cops kill blacks. But, why try to educate yourself with facts when it so much easier to lie? If you hate cops so much, the next you’re in trouble call a meth-head.

      1. your statistics are not relevant..cops have a public obligation that other people simply do not have…why don’t you demonstrate how many cops were killed by black americans this past year…i certainly aren’t going to take your word for it without seeing the stats myself…And here is what you don’t get…some of those who wear a uniform…any uniform have a tendency…to view themselves as above the law..they view themselves as part of the white governing structure that has pervaded the nation since the beginning. And they don’t feel an obligation to act with any sense of “protecting the people in the community if they have concluded that they don’t deserve protection” so you see guys like Chauvin with a record of outragous conduct against young black males who simply don’t care…and you could see it in his eyes as he snuffed the life out of george floyd…that is why the judge found aggravating and not mitigating factors…and Chauvin will go to jail as he should..But lets understand the mentality of some members of the police departments around this nation..They are supposed to protect and serve and that means everyone…things are changing in the country after 240 years It is high time that Black Americans stop having to have “the talk” with their young black children

        1. So the statistical evidence doesn’t matter but how you feel about what you think does?
          The biggest threat to blacks TODAY is other blacks and by alienating the police you’re just ensuring that the Chicago bloodbath extends into every major city as we’re seeing now. I’m retired from the NYPD and congratulations you’re successful at demoralizing the police because everyone I know regardless of rank or race is looking to retire or transfer to a less violent career.

          1. you have yet to demonstrate your point statiscally WHERE CAN I FIND THE EVIDENCE YOU CLAIM EXISTS TO SUPPORT YOUR ARGUMENT..and regardless of your so called statistics…the police have to be held to a higher standard in terms of using deadly force…Those cops who shoot first and ask questions later do not belong on the force they should indeed find other work…Chauvin has demonstrated time and again he had no business on the job

        2. The London based Economist Magazine
          (Since its founding, it has supported radical centrism, favouring policies and governments that maintain centrist politics. The newspaper typically champions Economic Liberalism, particularly free markets, free trade, free immigration, deregulation, and globalisation. )
          that most of Washington insiders read …

          States in a article :””Black Americans are twice as likely as whites to be killed by the police. “”
          But no where states that as approx 15% of the population they commit almost 90% of the violent crime …

          More than whites plus other persons of color combined…
          More people are killed by Afro Americans per year than all the international terrorist groups killing Americans combined.

          There is No concern what this social pathology produces in all of its ill effects ( and no talk of it solution which would save more blacks than anyone else if the black initiated killings stoped)…

          It’s just further acceptable Prog narrative that the news media pushes.

        3. This a problem I see going forward:
          If somehow we win 2022 & 2024

          And the republicans actually have the fortitude of coming out with anti BLM & Antifa & Woke enforcement

          Antifa & BLM & Dems will not give up their politics/social gains lightly
          Probably lead to extra violence

          The FBI are woke so they will obstruct enforcement
          Liberal city mayors will still hold back the police

          It may degenerate into civil war lite as frustrated citizens attack blm & Antifa themselves ( may even firebomb a few Antifa meeting sites or sniper action)

          This will then be shown by NPR & CNN as white nationalist atrocities against the “peaceful” protests of Antifa BLM

          Again the suburban apolitical swing voter will become the hinge point of the election

          These people are only interested in their comfortable lifestyle of entertainment & materialism

          And their only real political interest is that their comfortable suburban life goes on uninterrupted

          CNN &company will target these swing voters to upset the elections going forward back to the Dems ( woke socialist) party

    1. I think Weir made it clear what the problem is when he wrote: “What has changed is the leftist admiration for lawbreakers and the concomitant contempt for the guardians of public order. “

    2. You’re absolutely right, you won, the police are standing down with the predictable results. The cops in all major cities are simply not engaging violent ex con career criminals like St. George Floyd. The thin blue line that once protected you is now on par with the sanitation department. Please enjoy the fruits of your hard labour as “diverse” low paid disinterested incompetent police just show up after the garbage has piled up and maybe take a report that is then tweaked by the brass as directed by the politicians for public consumption to keep crime statistics artificially low. The gun violence and murder has already crept over the border into Yonkers Mount Vernon and New Rochelle.

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