I saw the below video for the first time last week and I have to admit, I had mixed feelings about it.
On the one hand, it’s definitely funny. I guess there’s just something inherently comedic about authority figures fumbling around to corral (or not) errant kids while the Benny Hill sound track plays in the background.
Broadway Bomb – Benny Hill Style – 2013
I wish real life was like that sometimes.
On the other hand, it feels like a cheap shot to laugh at cops who are just doing their jobs and – more importantly – acting with a lot of restraint. I can just imagine what the officers were actually thinking while impotently shifting that barrier from one end of the intersection to the other, while boarders streamed around them with impunity.
To their credit, in this video at least, they maintained their cool and just tried to make sure no one got hurt.
That’s what I like to see cops doing as a matter of routine. Instead of the stereotypical macho, ass-kicking, over-the-top parody of a police officer that some try so very hard to cultivate, I want to see cops being human, owning their frailties and mistakes, and doing whatever they can to serve the community.
Save the tough-guy BS for when, and only when, it’s really and truly necessary.
So, getting a cheap laugh out of the Broadway Bomb vid feels somehow disingenuous. I’m not anti-cop, but I’m also no fan of anything that smacks, even remotely, of a police state either. I want high-quality policing that recognizes the inherent right of citizens to be free from government abuse and tyranny, and that also appropriately bends to the will of the community.
I want to see cops, just like in this video, acting calmly and professionally, even if that makes them look a little foolish at times.
Have a great weekend!
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