When you demonize an entire group of people, you rob them of their basic humanity. This cop is obviously at his wit’s end. This story isn’t built around this man’s name. His age. The name of the city he works in, etc. This story is about the heroes who put their lives on the line every day to protect our families and us but are being hated.
This time last year, they were briefly called ‘COVID Heroes’ — until it became fashionable to despise them again.
It’s easy to assume that ‘all cops are bad’ and rage against ‘the system.’
Who does that rage hurt? We’ve already got plenty of statistics about the resignations, or the injured cops or the massive spikes in crime once police back off or have fewer people able to patrol dangerous neighborhoods.
Anyone who doesn’t feel the pain of the officer in this video isn’t human.
“I’m tired. I am so goddamn tired. I wake up every morning and kiss my family goodbye, knowing there’s a possibility I won’t come home,” Major Kelvin Dingle says to the camera. “I am tired of every time I wake up in the morning there’s someone else polarizing the fact that maybe law enforcement is just not a good thing…All of us are not bad. I am not as they are. Most of us are not. There are bad people in every career. I am so goddamn tired, tired, tired.
Toward the end of the video, Dingle, who recorded himself while driving, says, “I give everything. I am tired.”
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Dingle is the operations commander at the Morehouse School of Medicine’s public safety office, in Atlanta. He often documents his experiences as an officer on his TikTok account, where he describes himself as both an “inspirational speaker” and “Christian Youth counselor” in his biography.
Dingle has received an outpouring of support on TikTok, with users commenting on his video with messages like “I’m so upset that this is your reality” and “You have so much support.”
Is it too much to ask for people to step back from their political talking points and leave room for the other guy to be afforded a little bit of humanity?
Major Dingle added to his story on Fox and Friends:
“It seems like every night we go to sleep or every morning we wake up, there’s something negative that’s portrayed about law enforcement,” Dingle said. “I was riding home and I was thinking in regards to everything and now it’s just different. I’m driving next to people and people are just frowning at me. People are purposely doing things to get my attention. They’re flipping me off.”
“Don’t get me wrong,” he continued, “it is what it is, some people make bad decisions. But the majority of us that put this badge on every day, the majority of us want to protect and serve…. We’re generally good-hearted people that want to make a difference… And that day, I just, honestly, had enough. My heart was broken because of the things that I saw in just traveling home to my family, and it wasn’t always that way.”
God Bless you, Major Kelvin Dingle. God Bless You and all who put their lives on the line to protect others.
Cross-posted with The Lid
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