What It's Like To Be A Cop's Daughter In 2015

What It's Like To Be A Cop's Daughter In 2015

First of all, let me start by warning you I am not a writer. I do not nor have I ever written something like this and I am not very good at it, I'm no grammar major either so bear with me here.

I'm not sure what your relationships look like individually with your parents. But I am personally very close with mine, my mom is my best friend in the whole world, the person I look up to, connect with, and do life with (and try to do life like.) if you know her, you know she's the best. And my dad is quirky and weird and I love him. He's funny, hard working, and dedicated to everything he involves himself with, from the work he does, to the jiujitsu he does, to spending time with family, he makes everything a priority and does an amazing job at balancing them. And if you are my friend and know him, you know he's a little intimidating at first but the nicest guy.

My dad's job probably doesn't entail the same things that most teenager's dads do for a living. Because my dads a cop. And in 2015 -- you don't want to be associated with cops. It took me months and months to even work up the courage to post something like this. Now don't get me wrong, I'm not ashamed of my dad or what he does. Because I know for a fact that he is just and he is kind and he takes care of people. But every day I see something new on Facebook or the news about police brutality or things the police officers did wrong, my own Facebook friends post things like "Fu@k the police" with a 30 second video of a skewed view of what actually may have happened. I see posts like "death to the police" and I see people talking about how all cops "deserve to die."

But not my dad. He does not deserve to die. And to hear people talking about him like that is hard. Imagine waking up in the morning not knowing if you are going to have a dad at night, and that the friends you know and love are supporting this movement of hating the police.

Imagine what it is like seeing shootings on the news and hoping to God that something like that doesn't happen when your dad is working, or hearing people talk about killing the police and the person they kill just so happens to be your dad. Imagine hoping that your dad is going to live long enough to walk you down the aisle at your wedding because he was killed on duty.

Some of you probably think this all just is in my head but it hits close to home when my dads brother, my uncle, was killed on the job. He was a police officer who stopped a man from breaking into his ex's home (probably to kill her or harm her) but instead, the man killed my uncle. Not because he did anything wrong, but because he was a cop and this man obviously hated cops for stopping him. But because of my uncle and his partner that day, that woman is safe, and the man that would have hurt her is in jail. He didn't deserve to die that day but he did, and police officers continue to die when most of them are trying to keep the peace.

Being a cops daughter in 2015 means being scared to disagree with what's popular on Facebook because you fear it means your dads life. You fear letting people know what your dad does for a living in hopes of keeping him just a little bit safer. You don't talk about it because you don't want to hear people talk bad about the person who raised you to be someone who respects and loves the people they meet the way God loves us.

It means staying away from the news, it means nightmares, it means over thinking, it means not boiling up with anger and fear every time you see someone say something so hateful you want your dad to never leave the house again so you can selfishly keep him safe and away from people who would want to hurt him.

So while you are cheering for the death of the police, talking about how they are scum, or how much you hate them, please think of the good ones, think of my dad, please think of police officer's children, think of the police officers with babies and families at home who they love, and how people that are just doing their job deserve to come home at night ( or mornings for the midnight crews).

I want to end on saying In no way is any form of abuse of power right, and I know my dad would never abuse the fact that he is a cop to intentionally harm or discriminate against anyone. And some police officers do in fact abuse their power and do terrible things. But even they are only human, the man that killed my uncle is only human, and the people that put other people in danger are only human.
Thanks be to God that he is in control, and no matter what happens to my dad I know that it is for a bigger purpose and the same goes for all other police officers. I will continue to pray for police officers and their families. That other kids get to see their dad come home safe. And I will continue to pray for those that say hurtful things about police officers. I will pray for corrupt police officers who do not do their job the way they should. And I will continue to pray for the people that encounter police that they stay safe.

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  • Thank you for posting this. Ever since what happened to Michael Brown, my Facebook newsfeed blew up with hate for the cops. It honestly hurt to see my own friends post such hate and I wondered if they forgot who my father was. My father was a cop, but he retired a few months ago. I have stayed silent about the issue. I never commented on the statuses about the police officers. This article says it all and I shared it. I wanted my FB friends to know how much it hurts to read all the hate. I wanted them to know how heartbroken I would have been if my father was killed on the line of duty.

  • Darling, Your writing skills are actually very good. I enjoyed your article and am pleased that you love your parents so much. My son-in-law is a policeman. He is a good man who cares for people and wants the best for everyone especially kids. He is also a loving Dad. You and I know that most cops are really good people. There’s always a couple who for whatever reason get carried away with the power of the position. We have to make sure that we support our police, family members or not. They need to know that we care and trust them.

    Shelly Sallop
  • I read your whole story and the pictures of you and your Dad are great pictures and your story told the whole story as to how much love you have for your Mother and Dad and I think you did a wonderful job in writing and telling how life around your Folks home makes for how caring you are. I am a Mother, Grandmother and Great Grandmother of the family My deceased husband and I raised with pride and Love and I will keep your Dad and family in my prayers as I Have a blanket prayer that covers many many people and Yes I include all Policemen around our great country. The State I am living in now Police are targets as so much gun violence in the news I listen to on TV. Hang in there with your cares and prayers and with all who are behind you will make a difference. God Bless your Dad, Mother and You and your Siblings. Happy Thanksgiving to all.


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