Blue Lives

Blue Lives

Excerpt from The New Yorker:

One thing that stands out about recent police killings is how few of the shooters are in jail; juries and grand juries have generally accepted their explanations and allowed them to go free. The moral logic of Blue Lives Matter is that we send the police into places where we are too scared to go—who are we, safe in our distance, to second-guess their judgment that a situation has grown too frightening to control? The argument has some power because the dangers, for cops, are real. The possibility of violence is overwhelming. In Baltimore last fall, I watched a veteran cop (African-American, a professor’s son) conduct a training session in which he described his state of mind when he was dropped, as a rookie, into a violent section of West Baltimore. He said he was terrified, because he was sure that surrounding him, undetectable to him, were people capable of killing someone, and because he knew he had a gun and that he was capable of killing someone, too.

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About Bruce Louis Dodson

Bruce Louis Dodson is an American expat now living in Borlänge, Sweden with his wife, cat and dog. He is an artist and world traveler who writes fiction and poetry and practices photography in his less than copious free time. His work has appeared in: Barely South Review - Boundaries Issue, Blue Collar Review, Pulsar Poetry (UK), Foliate Oak, Breadline Press West Coast Anthology . The E-buffet, Qarrtsiluni, Struggle Magazine, Pearl Literary Magazine, Contemporary Literature Review: India, 3rd Wednesday, Sleeping Cat Books - Trip of a Lifetime Anthology, Northern Liberties Review, Authors Abroad - Foreign & and Far Away Anthology, The Path, Page & Spine, The Crucible, Sleeping Cat Books -Trips of a Lifetime, Vine Leaves, Pirene's Fountain,Tic Toc Anthology - Kind of a Hurricane Press, Cordite Poetry Review, Buffalo Almanac and mgv2.
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2 Responses to Blue Lives

  1. tubularsock says:

    But when it comes to statistics the most dangerous job in the United States that ends in death of the worker is garbage collection! Not police work.

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