A touching letter from a South African police officer opened citizens' eyes to a different side to the men and women in blue. In the brutally honest letter, the officer's words open the door and show us a glimpse at what it's like to be a police officer.
The letter was shared on social media and has since gone viral, as people read the letter and think about what police officers really go through.
It's easy to see a police officer and think off all the wrong and bad things they represent, but this letter reminds us to see that they're human too, and actually represent hope.
GoodThingsGuy reports that the powerful post was first shared on Future City Fourways' Facebook page.
Read the letter below:
I have pulled dead, mangled bodies from cars.
I have lied to people as they were dying.
I said you are going to be fine as I held their hand and watched the life fade out.
I have held dying babies. Bought lunch for people who were mentally ill and haven’t eaten in a while.
I have had people try to stab me. Fought with men trying to shoot me. People spat on me called me useless and incompetent while keeping my cool…
I’ve been attacked by women while I was arresting their husband who had just severely beat them. Been called insensitive as I arrested your child for dealing in narcotics while he or she was supposed to be in school… reminding you, as a parent, is to blame as you are not involved in his or her life.
I have held towels on bullet wounds.
Done CPR when I knew it wouldn’t help just to make family members feel better.
I have torn down doors, fought in drug houses. Chased fugitives through the streets… got shot at in hostels…
I have been in high-speed car chases. Almost losing control as road users just don’t move out of the way… rolled a car or two…
I have been in crashes.
Been squeezing the trigger about to kill a man when they came to their senses and stopped. Waded through large angry crowds by myself.
Drove like a madman to help a fellow officer. He or she was attacked while trying to protect and serve… Let little kids who don’t have much sit in my patrol car and pretend they are a cop for their birthday.
I have taken a lot of people to jail. Given many breaks.
Prayed for people I don’t even know. Yes, and at times I have been “violent” when I had to be. I have been kind when I could.
I admit I have driven to some dark place and cried by myself when I was overwhelmed. Helping clean blood at a farm murder being blamed for a hijacking because where were we not. Knowing I just came from a murder scene.
I have missed Christmas and other holidays more than I wanted to.
Every cop I know has done all these things and more for lousy pay, exhausting hours, and a short life expectancy. We are humans too we feel too…
We don’t want your pity, I don’t even ask for your respect. Just let us do our jobs without killing us.
I have loved, cried… fought the demons in my sleep…. don’t judge me, allow me to serve and protect that’s what I’m good at…
Thank You SAPS members that fight protect and serve daily…
These frank words have opened the eyes of many South Africans to the fear and pain our officers go through.
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