Peruvian Cops Can’t Get Their Car Started

Again, here’s another picture from the start of the 102Mediamaraton. Actually I don’t know what the deal is here.  It’s just always funny to see some Peruvian police standing around their vehicle looking super irritated and helpless.
You know, I realize that police are public servants and all that, and that it’s a hard job, but the ESSENCE of being a police officer is simply problematic.  I mean, respecting the police is fine, until you get into a conversation with an officer and they immediately act like you’re some awful criminal.
I know, I know…it’s just the way an authority figure HAS to act.  They HAVE to assume everything you’re saying is a lie (actually, I’m probably thinking more of immigration officers here…especially the ones at your initial meetings).  They HAVE to question every little statement you make and look for inconsistencies.  But the thing is, if you’re all dialed in to interact with people like that, you’re ALWAYS going to find inconsistencies.  People can’t keep their stories straight when they’re talking to their friends, so if you meet some gung-ho police officer who’s new on the job, it’s quite possible that he/she will think of you as a dirty thief no matter what you say (especially if pre-existing prejudices are at play).
When I was doing my student teaching (teaching is another profession that requires a strict delineation of authority), my cooperating teacher told me that I gave my students the benefit of the doubt too much.  Actually, I just think it’s fair to always give everybody the benefit of the doubt on the first offense, because if they’re the type of person who likes to lie to you, you’ll have overwhelming evidence soon enough.  There’s no need to commit the error of incorrectly accusing the innocent just to stamp out every single evil deed (like I said…the bad people can’t hide it all that long).  But my cooperating teacher thought I was in the wrong by not treating EVERYONE like a criminal at all times.  I think she was a douchbag (she even accused me of stuff that was totally out of left field), and I KNOW she was a total man-hater because I evaluated some of her grading and she clearly graded the boys from 10-15% lower for equivalent work.
But even when prejudice isn’t involved, authority is problematic.  People always used to think I was crazy for going to Peru.  They’d ask me, isn’t it dangerous there, aren’t there a lot of criminals?  My response was always to say, “I’ve lost more money to American police than Peruvian criminals.”
It’s true too…blows people’s minds.
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  1. Anonymous

    Interesting comments. I wouldn't totally agree, but there is some truth n what you say.I'm wondering. How did you lose money to the gringo police. Bribes or what???

  2. Dean Charles Marshall

    Personally I think most people who become cops are rather psychotic and have this insatiable appetite for being authority figures. To "serve and protect" is all bullshit, these folks love to swagger around in their S.W.A.T costumes, toting a gun and brandishing a badge as a means to mask that sense of inferiority they hide deep within their subconscious and to command a certain level respect they could never acquire as mere mortals. And I don't buy the all the crap that it's "a thankless job, but somebody's got to do it" either, because quite frankly, if we all took more responsibility for holding ourselves accountable and practised the "Golden Rule" sincerely and wholeheartedly with each other we might not have to waste so much money providing jobs for "wannabe" clown monkeys and giving them loaded weapons to use at their own discretion. Wishful thinking I know, so who wants ceviche?

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