I’ve been in the back of nine cop cars. My only criminal record consists of two DUIs. When I see police, I see my freedom at risk. My first interaction with them on the street when I was 11 or 12 and got stopped and frisked, a short, mexican boy with a backpack walking in a mostly white neighborhood. Did it matter that I lived there? No. I was a suspect, automatically.
When others see police, they may not feel the way I do and that’s probably because of their experiences with police in the past. Cops need to do better. We need to make their job easier as well. One day at a time, all we can do is try to change the laws so that people like me and victims of much worse can live a little easier.