TMZ for police

Mike Davies, Editor-in-Chief Ω

A whole lot of people closely follow the doings of celebrities.

Some are admired for their acting or musical talents — though just as often people pay attention to them simply because they’re physically attractive — and for some reason that makes them worth the attention.

The downfall for the celebrities is that because of their popularity — no matter the reason for it — they are scrutinized for their actions. Sure, they get their extra attention when they’re doing admirable things, but they’re also analyzed when they do things that are — let’s say “less than admirable.”

I propose we turn this attention towards our police officers.

Many of these people do a dangerous job to try and keep our communities safe for us. This should be admired and celebrated. We should consider these actions and commend these people for them.

Doesn’t that make more sense than dissecting the reasoning behind a Hollywood break-up, or praising a multi-millionaire musician for giving some money to relief efforts after a tragedy?

Unfortunately for some of these officers, it will mean that we’re also paying attention when they do things like…you know…kill people or treat women like shit.

Maybe people like British Columbian RCMP member Cpl. Benjamin (Monty) Robinson, who was recently issued a conditional sentence (meaning he will serve no jail time for his actions despite being found guilty) for obstruction of justice, would think twice about drinking at a party, getting in his car, killing a motorcyclist with it and leaving the scene to go have some more drinks so it couldn’t be proven how intoxicated he was before the accident (which by his own admission is true) if he knew people were watching him like they watch for Snooki or someone from Dancing With the Stars to stumble out of a bar.

Maybe they wouldn’t tazer people to death in airports.

Maybe they wouldn’t harass the women in their ranks to the point where some of those women suffer breakdowns, wrecking their lives.

Why don’t we start paying attention to them while they’re doing good things like chasing down thieves, hunting for child abductors and protecting our communities, and praising them wildly for doing so?

Maybe if we gave them the kudos they deserve when they do their jobs right, they’d assume we’d also watching be watching if they do something wrong, and reconsider their possible actions.

I don’t care that Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes broke up, I really don’t. I care even less that Chad Kroeger and Avril Lavigne got together.

What I do care about is that our police are doing what we pay them to do, which is keep us safe from those who don’t want us to be. I also care that they’re not doing what I don’t want them to do, which is being terrible humans.