I started off writing this blog to maybe help some of you guys out in understanding what its like to be a police officer and maybe give a little insight into the profession. I've seen a lot of “Fuck the police” tweets recently and similar posts on Facebook. I wrote a little bit then erased it because I really don't know what to write to clearly explain what is going on. There is a lot of misinformation that I've seen out there. There's been a lot of live tweets I've seen that have been reporting some of these events and, come to find out, they're false. So I don't know what you guys know. I don't know what you guys believe is true but the main point I want to get across to you is this: Wait. Wait until you know everything. Wait until you've heard both sides of the story. Wait until the true facts of the incident are released. I know it's hard to do when you get caught up in the news and Twitter and you're being bombarded with things that make you angry but just wait to determine your conclusion until you know everything, not just what someone said on the internet.
After all, remember that State Farm commercial with the French model?
Now, I love you guys. Destructoid is my home on the internet and I love the community here, however, I have seen some things on social media from staff of Destructoid and community members that have really upset me. I'm not writing this to be pro- or con- either side of this incident. I'm not writing this for a debate. I'm not writing this to try to convince anyone to think a certain way. I'm writing this to give you, yes you, a moment away from the onslaught of information and misinformation that is coming out of this incident. I'm writing this so maybe at the end of it you can reflect and maybe understand a little bit better on what could have happened that day. And maybe just a little so I can vent as well.
I'm not in the C-Blog area too much and rarely comment on the front page articles of Destructoid. I mainly hang around in the forums so for those of you who don't know who I am, I'm Scield. Hi. I've been part the Xbox Friday Night Fight blog for some time and I've been part of the site for a few years now. I've been to a NARP and met a lot of awesome people from Destructoid and I can't wait to meet more. I am also a police officer and have been for 11 ½ years. I've also been trained on Field Force Operations and taken part in a large field force operation (the 2012 RNC in Tampa, FL) so I have a little insight on some of the things the police have done in Ferguson that have been taken out of context or misunderstood.
Like I said before, I started writing this trying to explain everything but I learned that this turned into a very long winded, dry blog. So I erased it all. I figured it would be best to answer questions in the comments. So, Destructoid Community members, ask away. What about police work do you want to know about? Maybe I can clear something up about the Ferguson incident and maybe explain the use of force matrix to you or how police operations work. Got questions about me or things I've done? Go ahead and ask. Want to know more or get a better understanding of it? Then I would recommend getting in touch with an agency around you and doing a ride along one day/night. Most departments do them and it can give you a different view on what police work is. I just want to prevent things like this tweet that get people upset for no reason:
No, those are earplugs.
Just keep in mind if you do ask anything, I am about to go to bed so I may not get back to you for a bit.