Coffee with Cops
First and foremost let me take a moment to say sorry.
I’ve been on a hiatus with the blogging aspect of things and I’m long overdue for a life update.
No life update today but I do have something significant to share!
Last month I got a chance to attend the Coffee with Cops event here in Dallas.
I’m going to be honest. I walked into this event a little concerned. Police relations is a very touchy subject and I low key went in with a few real grievances.
The first thing I see when I walk into the room is a sea of uniformed officers. As a young black make my first instinct was to walk right back out the door. That is NOT a comfortable situation to walk into. I have never, in my whole life, had any issues with law enforcement. I’ve never even done anything that would create issues with law enforcement (outside of that speeding ticket I got in Houston… I had just got a new Camaro, there were girls in the car… that’s a story for another day), but regardless of that I was still nervous walking into that room.
I scanned the room and the first person in normal clothes appeared. She was a short middle aged woman in a red shirt. I thought “she must be the organizer”. She wasn’t the organizer. She worked for the police but she was in marketing. I had a great conversation with her and honestly it eased the tension for me a lot.
After my conversation with the lady from marketing the whole event was really a breeze.
I started having open conversations with all of the officers. Some of them have some really cool jobs. One had even done some undercover work in the past which was really interesting to get perspective on.
I enjoyed meeting all of them, but I really had to take a moment to focus on what I was there for. I had questions about the relationship between police officers and the black community…
my questions were met with a lot of respect. I won’t go into detail because my intent here isn’t to spark any debates. The main thing I’ll tell you is that I can see they’re trying. I can’t say I 100% with everything I was told, but I can at least say I get it.
I spent a lot of time asking, “so how can we fix that?” I was actually given answers, but I can see it’s going to take a lot of work.
Overall I’m really happy I went. I got to meet real genuine people. People have gave a really good impression of the police department and people I wouldn’t mind meeting up with again. There will be another event at the end of the summer. I’ll update y’all on that one later.
Thank you for kicking it on the blog!
Have a good day!