Today I went to a junior high school to give a presentation about pedestrian and bicycle safety. While I was sitting in the parking lot I saw a sign that caught my eye. It was sign prohibiting pedestrians from crossing the street with the words “Use Crosswalk” under it with an arrow.
There was something funny about this sign though. It was turned the wrong way. It was facing traffic and the arrow actually pointed toward the street and not toward the crosswalk.
I had driven by the sign and not noticed it. It wasn’t until I was looking at the sign from a different angle did I see that it wasn’t posted correctly. This got me thinking how this sign wasn’t much different from the way some people view police officers. It all depends on their point of view.
Most of the time people only see what the media wants them to see. They only see it from one angle. Or they heard from a friend, who had a friend, who knew a guy, who was told by another guy, the cops were dicks to him. It’s all about the angle you see or hear it from.
I recently investigated a crash in which the media made the victim out to be a saint. I was shocked to see how she was portrayed. No one knew the information I knew about her. It was comical how the media showed it, but it’s all about ratings, right?
When it comes to law enforcement, the facts get twisted around more. This makes the story better for viewers, who then view cops with the negative eye of suspicion. This is more frustrating when you were there and know all of the facts surrounding the incident.
It’s important to remember cops are doing good work out there. They put their lives on the line for strangers, but it never gets noticed though. They go toward harm while others tremble in fear. They step forward when others move backward. They run toward the madman with the gun while others hide.
Today that street sign told a different story depending how you looked it at it. Keep that in mind the next time you watch TV. What you see on TV might not be what it seems. Sometimes a different point of view is needed to clear things up.
Cops do extraordinary things every day, but that never gets noticed. Too bad the cameras aren’t rolling for that too.
Stay safe out there.