I just read the bulletin sent from the police chief,
I’ve been on the force for a few years and I’m speechless reading it.
My name is Gary and I’m a favorite in the community as an officer,
But I’m starting to realize my police department is changing quite a bit.
This is my journey and reflection of cases I’ve been part of,
This is my diary of my life as a police officer on the force.
These cases were over a span of a year and they had a huge impact on me,
It started to make me question my oath as a police officer.
This becomes a battle of code blue, paycheck and pension,
Versus what’s right for the people in my community I’m sworn to protect.
I have a son named Gary, Jr. who knows what I do for a living,
He prays everyday before I leave for work that I come home.
He knows I do it to protect the community and do what’s right,
Not to be an authoritarian with a badge and gun on my holster.
I give respect when respect is given to me by people,
I’m not any different than others and I was never part of a power trip.
Well....until I was given direct orders to become meaner and tougher,
I was backed into a position of doing what’s told by my boss versus what’s right.
My commanding officer called me into his office at the beginning of my shift,
He told me that it’s time to cleanup the neighborhoods that we patrol.
Little did I know what they truly meant even though that bulletin was serious,
I didn’t see anything wrong with the city and towns we patrolled.
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