police car

The Internet won’t be commending cops anytime soon.

One thing you can say about 2014: it’s been a bad year to wear a badge. People around the world are fed up with abusive, militarized police—as a new memo to St. Louis police about a class designed to help officers “win the media” after shooting someone makes perfectly clear.

 

Public ire spilled over once again yesterday, with the 17th annual “Thank a Police Officer Day” going about as well as the #MyNYPD hashtag campaign did back in April. The observance, conceived and promoted under the banner of lawyer Andrew M. Hale’s Whole Truth Project, is meant to further that group’s aim of combating negative assumptions about cops. 

Instead, social media users took the opportunity to reinforce those unflattering stereotypes.

Although an American invention, “Thank a Police Officer Day” quickly took on global proportions:

Funny how this sort of thing never happens on Administrative Professionals’ Day.

Photo by Paul Sullivan/Flickr (CC BY-ND 2.0)

Layer 8
Police allegedly mistake man’s terminal illness for intoxication, then things got ugly
‟He is choking on his own blood, I could hear it from my car. This is wrong"
From Our VICE Partners

Pure, uncut internet. Straight to your inbox.