My stepfather was a cop. I saw and heard first-hand what Southern California cops thought about “civilians”. I NEVER call police due to these youthful insights. My neighbors do on occasion. I have a funny story on that one but that is for later. Despite all my advantages white old suburban male, I NEVER call them. I grew up in South Gate and there was a good deal of gang violence there even in seventies. Cops just the “blue” gang to me. It should not be that way but it is for me. Frankly, I cannot even imagine the rage people of color feel toward the “blue” gang but to say it doesn’t exist for good reason is to deny reality…IMO

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