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  •  1994: "You're all animals." (27+ / 0-)

    That's what a NYPD cop who happened to be my ex-sister-in-law's brother, said. He came to our apartment, in uniform, and instead of asking the doorman to see if we were home, he told the doorman he was here to arrest my wife. The doorman, of course, took it seriously and let him up without calling us. We got a knock on the door and in his very loud NYC cop voice started yelling POLICE!! OPEN THE DOOR!!.

    Half of my neighbors came opened the door to see what was going on. I looked through the peep-hole and saw that it was him and opened the door. He had his gun out, loaded, and pointed it at my face.

    I put my hands up while my wife started screaming at him to put it away. He just laughed and thought the whole thing was hilarious.

    About twenty minutes later, after I calmed down and my wife finished screaming at him, he finally "apologized". I was never more scared for my life or more angry at anyone than that night. His apology left much to be desired, but I decided that since we hadn't been married that long (2 years) I should just try to keep things calm.

    He stayed for a few minutes longer and then said, "Well, gotta go. Time to round up the animals." I asked him what he meant. He said, "You know, everyone." I said, "Everyone who? Who is everyone?" He said "Everyone in this god damn city." My wife, his sister-in-law, said "You mean everyone who lives in New York City? Like me, my brother, your sister?"

    He said, "Yeah. You're all animals. What else could you be living in this shit-hole." It was said with disdain and a strong feeling of hostility. My ex-sister-in-law was furious with him when she found out and she told us she wasn't surprised. Her brother, the cop, had never lived in NYC and like so many NYC cops, he lived in Rockland County. She also said that his cop friends were basically just like him. The thought that anyone, rich, poor, black, white, whatever, if they lived in NYC they had to be crazy and often referred to us as animals. But that they also joked "just don't kill the white ones".

    So I don't know how much has changed. Maybe they're just feeling free to be more obvious about it.

    Would we be so happy to have a military that dwarfs all others combined if it was a line item deduction on our paychecks next to FICA."

    by Back In Blue on Mon Feb 06, 2012 at 09:44:48 PM PST

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    •  Sad (6+ / 0-)

      LA cops feel the same for the same reasons.

    •  BiB -- you coudl diar ythis (1+ / 0-)
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      although I would clear up the confusion on the relationships

      It isn't clear to me if you were referring to your wife's sister's ex-husband

      or your ex-wife's sister's husband

      it probably not even necessary to even put that down..you could say your wife's (or ex wife's) relatives

      If you aren't outraged....you aren't paying attention

      by happenstance on Tue Feb 07, 2012 at 06:56:13 AM PST

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    •  Yep, "animals." The word is casually thrown (2+ / 0-)
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      around by the family I have in the NYPD. Though in my experience, they don't mean everyone, just poor people. And especially poor people of color. But most of all poor black people.

      And the exact same excuse when called on that disgusting language. "You don't know. You haven't seen how they live in those tenements. Only animals would live like that." Like people fucking choose to be poor and live in a hell hole.

      The politics of direct action is based, to a certain degree, on a faith that freedom is contagious. - David Graeber

      by An Affirming Flame on Tue Feb 07, 2012 at 09:27:55 AM PST

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      •  Well, he made a point of answering yes when (1+ / 0-)
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        asked if he meant us. He might have just been doing it to piss us off after we didn't "get" his joke. But I believe his sister. She was not one to exaggerate or inflame a situation.

        Would we be so happy to have a military that dwarfs all others combined if it was a line item deduction on our paychecks next to FICA."

        by Back In Blue on Tue Feb 07, 2012 at 09:35:05 PM PST

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