Being a police officer in a city like Detroit is challenging. I know it is from what I see on the TV, what I hear when it comes to the hours worked and the less than great pay. To be an officer has to be a calling. One that I am glad that there are people hearing and responding to that call. So I am gong to share this story with you knowing that I appreciate the police force and don’t take what they do everyday for granted by any means.
So the story starts like this. I was at the post office, dropping off eight boxes full of books. I knew this was going to be a challenging drop off, but it had to be done. First thing I did was find parking close to the building. Well, unfortunately, the parking meters near the building were busted, so I parked in the free lot which made my walk to the door of the post office, a lot further and a lot more difficult to do. I went into the post office and asked if they had a dolly I could use to bring in the boxes. They said yes and for about 5 seconds I thought this would make this experience a little easier. The dolly…the dolly was on its last leg and I could not get it to work for me at all.
What can I do? At this rate I will be at the post office for ever. I made a decision to move my car from the parking lot back to the busted parking meter and just take the boxes from my car to the post office one at a time or two at a time.
While I was taking the boxes out, an officer drove by me and stopped. She stopped and saw me fiddling with boxes, saw the busted dolly and asked, “Why are you parked here?” I told her that I have several boxes and unfortunately the dolly I have was busted and so it the parking meter. I just need to get all these boxes into the post office and I… Before I could finish my explanation she told me, you got to move your car. Even though she saw me with boxes on the sidewalk and saw me struggling, what she focused on was that I was parked at a busted parking meter and that I had to move. I was pissed and didn’t try to hide it. That was a bad use of power and I don’t think that was officer like in any way shape of form.
How could an officer see someone struggling and make my life more difficult? I’ve never been in trouble with the law and never really dealt with officers in this way, but that kind of customer service made me less caring of what officers have to go through. I know that in most cases officers are dealing with idiots and with bad people, but that is not the case all the time and I think that this one officer should have really looked at the situation before she open her mouth and barked an order that really made a citizen feel more degraded than helped.
I won’t have a lot of interaction with cops, but they shouldn’t be like this when I do. There are other people like me who will probably have less than 5 interactions with cops in their lifetime and they should not have this kind of experience in their head when they think of a Detroit officer.
I think that the new chief of police is doing work to help support officers and help provide better service to the city of Detroit. This incident made me angry and for a while I will see cops through this one experience. For people to change how they feel about officers, incidents like this have to stop. Period.