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kaylynnAwkward writer girl @TheSilentWriter23
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This is a topic I am extremely passionate about. In the end, everyone loses.

Stop

I want you to take a deep breath.

And feel.

An officer

is sworn to protect and enforce the law. They serve you. They put their lives on the line to save people they don't even know. They risk EVERYTHING for you.

They stand proudly. They stand with confidence. They protect with a fierceness you never thought was possible. They are the reason you can sleep easy at night.

So how do you repay them?

The men and women who risk their lives for your freedom. Who protect you at any cost.

By rioting. By creating situations where you and others are at risk. By accusing them of heinous acts. By making them out to be this dehumanized, creature out to destroy your way of life.

What happens to the officer?

You kill them.

Your words, your actions, result in the death of an officer who was just trying to protect you from yourself. You shot them. Stabbed them. Beat them. You killed them.

So now...

A child is missing a parent.

A comrade has lost a brother/sister.

A companion has lost his best friend.

A baby girl will never meet her dad.

A daughter will walk down the aisle on her wedding day, alone.

This pain, this suffering, happened because you didn't stop.

You didn't stop to think of the consequences. The lives you would ruin when you squeezed the trigger. When you twisted the knife deeper. When you swung just a bit harder. You didn't stop.

We need to stop.

Think before we act. Listen to instructions. And most importantly, know that these officers are just like us. They have families. They feel. They hurt. They are human. Just like us.

We need to change.

Police forces need to change. The public needs to change. We all need to change and realize we are all in the wrong and that nobody's perfect and that we all make mistakes.

We need to forgive. But never forget. Never forget those lives lost by corrupt police officers. Never forget the officers who have died in the line of duty.

So please, stop. Stop and think. Stop and feel. Just stop. Stop. Stop. Stop.

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a year agoReply
very very well written. in a time where so much hatred is being thrown around, often unfairly :(

kaylynnGifted WriterAwkward writer girl @TheSilentWriter23
a year agoReply
@bernardtwindwil It's a difficult job at times and I deeply thank you and your wife's service. I greatly appreciate it. My dad is actually a Deputy Sheriff too. :)

bernardtwindwilGold CommaGranddad & story teller, tomthepo8.com
a year agoReply
@kaylynn I think I may have an idea how much this means. In 2006, my wife retired after 30 years as Chief of Health Services for the Federal Bureau of Prisons. She worked her way up form just another nurse in a prison. The guys in prison are not nice well meaning and misunderstood sweethearts. They are vile and vicious. My first job out of the Army was as a Deputy Sheriff.

kaylynnGifted WriterAwkward writer girl @TheSilentWriter23
a year agoReply
@bernardtwindwil Thank you. I agree, all the anger and violence is a waste of time. Time that could be spent working on a solution. I mainly focused on law enforcement because my dad is an officer and what I see him go through everyday and the sacrifices we have made as a family is enlightening. And for people to think it's such an easy job, that the pressure officers receive not only from the public, but from the higher ups and their bosses is nothing? It disgusts me what little compassion some people have for the work these men and women do everyday. Sorry for this long comment. But thank you so much for this, you have no idea how much it means to me ❤️

bernardtwindwilGold CommaGranddad & story teller, tomthepo8.com
a year agoReply
I had to come back and post a comment as I read this at 0200 in the morning. This is such a great heartfelt contribution to peace. You certainly have the correct, in my not so humble opinion, attitude and thinking. The pictures spoke poignantly and that was amplified by your short verse and well chosen words. This is a powerful piece for peace from a dedicated poet. I agree with you completely but maybe from a different perspective. All that hate and anger is just illogical and a waste of valuable time.

larryBronze Commai'm batman
a year agoReply
:'(

kaylynnGifted WriterAwkward writer girl @TheSilentWriter23
a year agoReply
@lisa Thank you 🙏❤️

lisaSilver CommaCats
a year agoReply
👮👮🏽🙏👏👏🏿❤️