As calls for the defunding of police departments grow across the U.S., a common argument against this is to ask what people would do if they needed help, such as if they had been assaulted, robbed, or become the victim of another serious crime. However, many are pointing out that when they have become victims of crimes like these and called the police for help, the cops who showed up were a little less than helpful.
Twitter user Illy Bocean asked the defund nay-sayers to share their own experiences with police and provided one of their own.
I used to live in these apartments and our cars in the secure basement parking got broken into 10 times in 10 months. someone would come through more than once a month and break into like 20 cars at once. called the cops and they were like “well what are we meant to do about it”— Illy Bocean (@IllyBocean) June 8, 2020
I was told point blank by a cop “we won’t do anything, but file a report so the recorded crime rate goes up and then we can ask for more funding”. And I think that’s pretty much the whole grift!— Illy Bocean (@IllyBocean) June 8, 2020
After police refused to do anything other than take reports on cars being broken into, admitting that this was only to increase the crime rate statistics and ask for more funding, Bocean understandably lost faith in the system. And they’re far from the only person to experience this kind of thing. Since Sunday, over 3,000 people have commented on the original post, with many sharing similar stories of police being useless, or worse.
Here are some of the most egregious examples:
I was in the Mardi Gras riot in Seattle in 01. I got jumped & my video camera got jacked. I reported it to the cops in case they found it, & when the cop came to my apt to take the report he asked me if I “learned anything” & that I shouldn’t have been out that night anyway🤷♂️
— Justin🌋Boldaji بلداجي (@justinboldaji) June 8, 2020
I was mugged at gunpoint by 2 guys, cops showed up about an hour after. While taking my statement, one of the guys biked past us, I pointed to him and told the cop “that’s him”. Cop looked up, said “uh huh” and continued writing.
— Rob ☭ (@marquis_po_sad) June 8, 2020
"someone's needs my help? i smell opportunity to throw them in prison"— Friday Night Pizza (@panicattack911) June 8, 2020
protect and serve
The only time I’ve ever thought about calling the police was when I was in a bar once and a drunk patron was threatening to murder someone else. Unfortunately the drunk man WAS an off duty cop and he was calling the cops himself to help him threaten his target.
— Jon Senrab (@Senrab3123) June 8, 2020
Had my car stolen 3 different times and called the police all 3 times. All 3 times I found it on my own with GPS and got it back and told them to forget about it. Police are factually useless. A Community is always able to respond faster in ways that get fewer people killed.
— Punished Vaaca Del Muerte 🌹 🇨🇺 (@DelVaaca) June 8, 2020
Parents car got stolen. About two years later the council from the next suburb over, literally a kilometer away at most, tracked us down at our new address a hundred K away and said “hey if you don’t move your car we’ll crush it into a cube.” Cops had not looked at all
— Elmo (@SimpBuyback) June 8, 2020
Came home to find man in my apartment, called police, they told me to call back later. I repeated he was still in the apartment. So they were all “oh! Guess we’ll show up then”. The guy took off and they didn’t get him. They told me their arrest rate on burglary is close to 0.
— Rachael Lonergan (@RachaelHasIdeas) June 8, 2020
Had a trailer stolen. Cops called a few days later that it was recovered. When I tried to get it back from impound they never returned my calls.
2 years later, a new officer was assigned to impound. Finally got it back. They had been using it to haul snowmobiles the whole time.
— Matt Gorecki (@mattgorecki) June 8, 2020
I was a delivery driver for a pizza place that was open until 3am. One night my last customer paid with a fake hundred. When my manager finally convinced me to call the cops they took the fake as evidence and called me 20 minutes later to tell me there was nothing he could do.
— Normal Brian (@AlienDeud) June 8, 2020
... they were given our security camera footage, but did nothing. Huge gruff white cop acted super annoyed and inconvenienced by the whole thing. Many kids cried - didn’t feel supported or safe around the cop. What an asshole. Thirty terrified kids and you act... annoyed? (2/2)— Caitlin Brooke (@CBrookeCreative) June 8, 2020
lol the detective assigned to my mugging and assault just stopped responding to my emails and I never heard from them again
— DanniiMinogueVEVO (@buttermilkbup) June 8, 2020
I had a chat to a copper later who explained their approach to burglaries was that preventing them was too difficult, investigating them was too much work for too little pay off and most people with "real valuables" had enough insurance anyway.— grug stan (@grugstan) June 8, 2020
I of course did not.
I was at home asleep after working a late shift when my house was robbed. I woke up when the thief opened my bedroom door and he bolted. The cops made fun of me for being asleep during the day. Didn’t hear anything else after they left.
— Joshua Peter (@schwawawa) June 8, 2020
i was involved in a hit-and-run on my bike some years back, with a pickup truck being operated as part of a small business. the person driving was an employee, not the owner. the detective showed me a photo line up and said i had to pick the owner, who i’d never seen, to proceed.
— Cassandra-In-Chief (@realdevinsmells) June 8, 2020
i got robbed in my home at gunpoint, and the cops told the local paper it was a drug deal and got us evicted literally the next day
— chrome dingus (@gassymptote) June 8, 2020
for the record, this is physically impossible barring the heat death of the universe, and even then, the windows would not implode and suck all the broken glass back into the car— sara ✌🏼 (@SaraHarley0) June 8, 2020
Once I was home alone and our garage door got broken in. Cops came around, said to me that there was nothing they could do, but that they’d probably be back that night to finish the job.— Amplify Magazine (@MagazineAmplify) June 8, 2020
My dad’s business was robbed and the police said “yeah we think we know who did it but can’t really help you”
— catch me at Mongrel (@baldtrex) June 8, 2020
I had a neighbor that tried to break into my house when I was home and when the cops showed up 45 minutes later they came in said my encounter was a stretch pointed to a can of coke zero on the counter and was like ” that good?”
— lilydont (@lilydont) June 8, 2020
They took two days to report to the scene and then refused to write a police report for my stolen appliances. NOTHING, in other words. I got faster service from Lowe’s, who delivered the appliances for free when they heard what happened.
— DeeNadj (@DeeNadjkovic) June 8, 2020
My dad’s house got robbed when I was still in high school. Everything taken. The burglars probably saw me walk to school and made their moves as soon as they knew the house was empty. Cops showed up, shrugged their shoulders, and accused my dad of trying to do an insurance scam.
— J. L. Hamilton (@absinthol) June 8, 2020
My mom got her purse stolen from her car (theif broke the window) which had $800 and her wallet in there. They knew one of the cards was used at a local gas station, but they didn’t bother to get the tapes or do any follow up.
— Holden Karp 🏴 (@HoldenKarp) June 8, 2020
Called the police once because someone I knew who was a dealer threatened to shoot me, police just said “lie with dogs and you get fleas”, never filed a report. Same guy later assaulted me with three friends, no report.
— Matt R /BLM\ 🏳️🌈🏴☠️ (@Gaikokujira) June 8, 2020
Me and ten friends got beat up by literally a mob in 2011; the detectives interviewed me for ten minutes while I was semi-conscious in the hospital before filing a report that… my phone had been stolen.
— Emily Guendelsberger (@emilygee) June 8, 2020
I recently called Portland police because I saw a guy trying to break into a car. They literally didn’t answer the phone. At all. He didn’t get into the car. I yelled over my fence and he ran off. I’m basically a hero.
— 🥴steph🥴 (@eff_yeah_steph) June 9, 2020