Here are the notes I wrote and read this podcast from:
It’s no secret the tension between police and protesters in this country. I’ve talked to a lot of protesters in my day, having protested myself many times, especially in college.
In grad school a post-doc once worked as auxiliary policeman
Recently listened to Jocko Willink on Joe Rogan’s podcast. I won’t explain who they are because they’re both big public figures and you can look them up.
Except Jocko is a former Navy SEAL and Joe hosts the world’s top podcast. As a martial artist, he speaks Jocko’s language and they both talk about cops and uniformed people.
I’m going to play about a minute from their conversation that inspired me.
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After hearing that part, I walked down 10th Street to the 6th precinct to ask if they did drive-alongs.
I’d never heard of such a thing and doubted they did, but I knew if I didn’t ask the answer was no, if I called or emailed, the answer would be no. But I’m pretty good in person.
What will come of it? I don’t know. I mentioned it to a friend and he suggested not bringing ID, maybe bringing a witness. People and cops mistrust each other a lot.
I want to make a difference. I at least want to understand.
Guy there didn’t know (wasn’t wearing mask).
Didn’t know if anyone inside would know but suggested attending monthly community meeting.
Started checking community feed. One is coming up.
Don’t know if it will work, but will try.
Maybe a few words about jury duty.