Police officers turn up a lot in Gawker stories, but unless they’re a department commissioner giving a press conference or a union leader loudly berating a public official, it’s rare that they actually have a voice. What does the average beat cop think about Darren Wilson or Daniel Pantaleo? What is he looking for when he makes a stop for suspicious activity? Gawker’s anonymous cop is here to answer our readers’ most pressing questions.
Our anonymous cop is a born-and-raised New Yorker who became an NYPD officer in the late nineties, when he was a fresh college graduate, and continued there for five years. While with NYPD, he worked patrol and plainclothes in what he calls a “busy precinct that served a mostly black community.” For what it’s worth, he is white.
Now, our anonymous cop is in another city, working as a reserve officer—”all of the kevlar and none of the pay,” he writes. We’ll begin collecting questions at 11:00 a.m.; he’ll drop in the comments shortly after and hang out there for about an hour. You have the right to remain silent, but why not say hello?
Update (12:30 p.m.): Questions are now closed. Thanks for chatting, everyone!
[Illustration by Jim Cooke]