When police roll up on me, they ask me to step aside, calm down, and explain my side of the situation.
Starting today, I’ll make it a goal to say thank you to a different NYC police officer every day. I was becoming overly prejudicial to all of NYPD as a result of Eric Garner’s death. As a 6-foot-2 black man, with two sons larger than me, the homicide resonated with me as I believe that Mr. Garner’s race and his size (in that order) were factors in the use of that chokehold. That death was a horrific reminder of the precautions that I, and my sons, must continually take to defuse interactions with the police that most other large men never have to consider. That reminder led to negative feelings to all NYPD and that isn’t fair to the police.
Bill Shelton of Harlem
(via Daily News) #Thank You NYPD