For nearly two years, I’ve been building a new [sober] life for myself. I’ve had as much as ten years sobriety before, but this is the first time I have known with complete absolution, that I do not have any desire to self-medicate.

If you would have asked me two years ago how I felt about law enforcement, the blunt answer may have shocked you. I was living in the drug world and spending most of my time with criminals. I didn’t hate the police, but I sure didn’t respect them either.

Things have changed. I have changed. Today, I find myself saying things like [Blue Lives Matter]. I’ve always praised our first responders, but this is the first time that I have included the police. Don’t get me wrong; many of my friends are criminals. I will never be that guy who tells on people. I can’t stand f*****g rats and those who betray their own people.

Anyway, I have a newfound respect for cops. Funny thing though, I’m trying to figure out why that is. All of my life, I’ve cheered for the underdog. At times, I’ve even protected the underdog. In fact, I have risked my life for more than one underdog. It seems our law enforcement has become the underdog. Almost overnight, they went from the biggest gang in the United States, to running for their lives. Yes, I’ve even heard officers say [biggest gang] in The US. I didn’t make that up.

Of course, the police are only holding back because of the potential political fallout. I cannot imagine being a cop these days. Talk about living beneath a microscope.

Yes, I find myself cheering for the underdog, cheering for the police.

Joseph Shanklin

August 10, 2020

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