Your View: Police officers should show compassion

Oct. 15, 2013 @ 06:55 PM

On Oct. 5, I became the victim of a theft.  My billfold/wallet was stolen from my vehicle, in my driveway.  Upon realizing this, I followed what I considered proper procedure.  I called the bank and the police to file a report.
When the officer arrived, I explained the situation to him.  He asked me where the wallet was.  When I told him, is first word was “WHY”!  At that point, I stopped him in his tracks!  If it had been inside my house would he have asked me that?  How dare he judge me?  It was my property, inside my property, on my property!  It was his job to take the report and do the best he could to find the thief or thieves.
I know so many men who are wonderful police officers.  I have several in my own family.  I respect their position and their work.  I do not, however, respect a cocky cop!  These young guys went through the motions, got their badge and now their head is too big for the badge we are taught to respect.
I hope the officer that was here reads this and takes a look at his own attitude.  I spoke to his superior and was told that in meetings they are asked to show compassion for the victim.  I was not.
There was no money in my wallet, just some banking issues and personal things.  I encourage the person or persons that have it to return it.  There is a reward for the return.
Thanks for your time, and please, if you are an officer of the law, think before you speak.
KIM WALSER
Thomasville

Personal perception can be your enemy
Our lives are shaped by personal perceptions. The trouble is, things are not always what we perceive them to be.
The only time I ever attempted to dine at a Denny’s Restaurant, I gave up and walked out after waiting nearly 45 minutes for a table in what appeared to be a fully staffed yet mostly empty dining area. I chalked the experience up to poor management and vowed not to return. However, if I were a person of color, I might have viewed that same poor service as having something to do with my race.
While attempting to enter my business early on weekend mornings, I have been stopped and questioned by the local police no less than three times in the past 10 years. My guess was that they had no idea who I was and were making an effort to protect area businesses. Therefore, I thanked them for their concern. Had I been a person of color, I might have perceived that same experience as one where my race unfairly caused the police to suspect me as a potential burglar. With that mind-set, I would have been quite upset. Such instances certainly do occur, after all.
To be fair, personal perception is largely the result of individual experiences which are influenced by one’s color, creed, sex and/or religion. However, without a hefty and perpetual dose of objectivity, personal perception can easily become one’s own worst enemy.
TOM KIRKMAN III
High Point

 

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