Policing the Development of Culture & Art

A community that does not respect its visual, auditory or performing artists, is not a psychologically or culturally healthy one.”

Not everyone who calls the police is to the right. Some people use the police to oppress others. It’s like suicide by cop, wherein one deliberately offends a cop so he or she may be killed by the cop. A neighbor who is racist, narcissistic or extremely moseys could place repeated calls to the police and complain about someone or something. The police cannot afford to have the poor judgment to harass someone who has been accused simply because a call came in. No matter what is written in the law, the public always sees a police officer as a fellow citizen.

A fellow citizen who breathe the same air we breathe feels the same pain we feel and is morally and culturally connected to the community in the same way as everyone else. So when a policeman is called, people expect an understanding reaction rather than a harsh, disrespectful or brutal one. People want to trust their officers, not fear them. The easiest way for a cop to gain public trust is to never represent any double standards. This is with the understanding that a life is not in danger when the police are called.

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The police cannot afford to have the judgement to harass someone who has been accused simply because a call came in.”

Take, for example, a musician who lives next door and practices their instrument, freestyle rapping or singing passionately. That musician is just as valuable a product of that community, as the lawyer, doctor, politician, banker, mayor, fireman, nurse or any other professional. A community that does not respect its visual, auditory or performing artists, is not a psychologically or culturally healthy one. We have an older generation that may be closed to change so they condemn new technologies, art, creative writing, music, comedy and other talents.

These are people who may not even see the need for email, cell phone or social networking. Should someone like that call the police on an artist, especially a young one who is passionate to reach his or prime where they will create a historic masterpiece, that officer could be used to alter that history by simply disrupting that creative process. Art is a competitive field of work, most times, it takes a lot of trial and errors to bring a new idea to fruition. The last thing the artist needs is a law or policy that disrupts their creative process.

One should not be expected to master his or her art in silence because a few neighbors hate their genre or would rather the artist embarked on an “approved” vocation. The application of the law, by the police officer, is also critical because in some cases the law may be detrimental to progress. It could kill a dream or disrupt one culture while enabling another. A law is only as far as the mentality of those who created it. It one thing to be racist, sexist or culturally dysfunctional and it’s a whole other thing to the creative provocative art while being normal in real life. The police have a positive role to play in the development of our culture and art. *

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