After a horrendous week of bad news and unspeakable tragedies, the debate raging around the role of police officers today is more divided than ever. But amid all the media noise, we've heard precious little from the first responders on the front lines.
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Enter Merri McGregor. A former police officer with the Detroit police department, McGregor took to Facebook on Monday night to post a photo of herself at age 21, the day she graduated from the police academy. Her mom snapped the pic as she was walking out the door to pull her first shift as a full-fledged cop.
Along with the photo, McGregor posted a heartfelt description of the job--the blood, the bullets, the heartaches, the loss. "Smells, pictures, sounds and sights are burned and engrained into our minds...things we can never forget, no matter how hard we try; things that we volunteered to deal with so that you don't have to," she writes.
Yes, there are bad cops, she admits. But the vast majority of police "are good, loving, well intentioned family people. They have husbands and wives and children and parents and pets and cousins and mortgages and electric bills and lawns that need cutting, just like you. They have hearts and consciences. They aren't robots," she writes.
Here's her plea: "We ALL need to start being more understanding and compassionate toward one another. Violence doesn't cure violence and hate doesn't cure hate. I get it. I truly do. But this all has to stop." And then she ends with this [inspiring] kicker: "We're all SO much better than this."
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Here is her post. It's long, but truly worth your time to read it.
Although she originally wrote it just for her Facebook friends, McGregor's post has been shared hundreds of thousands of times. She's been touched by the response and the messages from all who've read it, including former criminals. As she wrote in another post, it just proves the power of words and intentions of kindness and compassion.
via FB Newswire
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