As many people are on the streets protesting against po-lice bru-ta-lity and trying to express their rage after the tragic loss of George Floyd, a officer from Albany in New York reminds us that we should never generalize and make assumptions because of what certain individuals from the “group” did. Officer Sadaka Kedar believes people will realize that not all cops are bad, as most of them are often going above and beyond to do their job the right way and serve their citizens at the best of their ability.
“I am a black man I am a officer But I am not Derek Chauvin. And I am not George Floyd. I am ME. I am compassionate and I am caring, and I will always have a very big heart….so why do you hate me? I’ve given the socks off my feet to a homeless dr-nk who had no shoes. I’ve prevented a woman from going to coustdy for taking laundry detergent by paying the store for it so they wouldn’t prosecute after I her next door at a laundromat washing her children’s clothes; she was desperate and had no money.
The other day, an elderly man’s car broke down on the side of a busy road and he had no phone, so I drove him to the gas station up the block and paid for his gas. I’m a father, a husband, a son, a brother, a nephew, a cousin, a friend….so why do you want to hurt or k-ll me? I’ve stepped in and detain the man that as-sau-lted your grandmother. He her down and snatched her purse and we chased him down and took him to coustdy.
A lady called 911 in a pan-ic and told the dispatchers her 4-month-old baby wasn’t breathing. We got there before the paramedics and started compressions. BY THE GRACE OF GOD, that baby is now a happy, bright kindergartener. A crazed man began opening f-re on a large crowd. In the mass hysteria of people running away, we ran towards the g-nf-i-re to stop it. I speak slang. Instead of hello I say, ‘Whats good yo?’ Some say I have an inner city accent, and I may not spell everything correctly or use perfect grammar…but why do you undermine me and assume I’m not smart and ignorant?
I have a high school and a college degree. I love to read books and I constantly do research to learn new skills. I graduated head of my p-lice academy class and went on to become a course instructor for the department. I have spoken at public forums, community meetings, and in news interviews, all very well articulated, clear, and concise. I’ve put together evidence, facts and leads and helped solve and close cases. I AM BLACK AND I AM INTELLIGENT.
I listen to rap music, wear baggie jeans, and backwards fitted hats off duty. I have tattoos all across my body. But why do you profile and stereotype me? On Thanksgiving I volunteer with Equinox, handing out dinners to families in need. Around Christmas, I buy hats, gloves, and meal cards with my own money and hand them out. I also prepare hot meals and distribute them down by the City Mission and at a Senior Public Housing Building. I volunteer my own time as a youth mentor. I love to visit schools and talk to the kids. I walk up and down these neighborhoods. I live in my community. I CARE ABOUT MY COMMUNITY. I am ME. I am not like Derek Chauvin. I WILL NEVER treat you like George Floyd. And there are many many more just like ME.”
This is how people reacted to this post:
Karyn Gavzer – Thank you! There are good cops and you are one of them. It was courageous to stand up for yourself and others like you!
Ruby-Don Daniels – Thank you for your service to this world! And for speaking out. This country needs to hear more from all of the ones who are working hard & trying their best to heal injustices! Please don’t give up.
Cindy Bloom – Thank you for your story. You are an awesome gentleman and thank you for your service. I pray for all of our men in blue.
Doris Larivee – Thank you if only everyone could understand this Bless You
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