Image: A smiling, curly-tailed, adorable pink cartoon pig looks up at a checklist that reads:
COPS ARE NOT PIGS
Pigs are our friends
Cops are not
Pigs mind their own business
Cops do not
Pigs have curly tails
Cops have guns
Pigs defecate freely
Cops are anal-retentive
Pigs grunt with joy
Cops grunt with aggression
Pigs are highly intelligent
Cops are mindless clones
HOW DARE YOU INSULT A PERFECTLY GOOD PIG!
By way of disclaimer, obviously I don’t think that all cops are mindless, cruel bullies, more interested in asserting (and abusing) their authority than protecting and serving the public. I’d certainly argue that the system – increasingly militarized in nature and always protective of its own – encourages such behavior; however, in spite of this trend, some cops are perfectly nice people, and remain so throughout their careers!
This graphic simply refers to that subset of cops worthy of insult (and more) – for example, cops who rape vulnerable women and shoot cowering dogs with impunity – with the gentle reminder that such insults must not further marginalize already oppressed groups: animals (pig, cow, rat, jackass, wildebeest, etc.), women (bitch, cunt, pussy, etc.), and people of color (a whole slew of words that I, as person of Italian and German descent, don’t feel comfortable typing here), to name but a few.
Words are powerful – so use them wisely!
Speaking of the police, overheard on tumblr:
Don’t just fuck the police.
Take the police out on a couple dates. Take the police to the movies or a nice stroll in the park. Feed the police some delicious fondue. Make the police fall in love with you. Then, fuck the police. And then out of nowhere, stop taking calls from the police. Ignore the police. Make the police miss you. Make the police cry.
Also, there’s a guide to knowing your rights during encounters with the police – for example, how to refuse searches – that’s been circulating on tumblr, but I’ll be damned if I can find it (this, maybe?). Instead, I’ll send you here: flexyourrights.org. Plenty of handy videos, and they may or may not have written that checklist I so liked (and then so promptly lost!).