Why are cops hated so much

"Bottomless cheek" - A police officer explains why he hates the G20

The G20 summit in Hamburg is just under a month away, but pretty much everyone is pissed off. Almost no one understands why such a large (and so controversial) event has to take place in the middle of a big city.

From a security perspective it is a nightmare, for the left-wing Hamburg scene it is a provocation, and for the residents the whole thing is tantamount to a biblical plague anyway: For several days, thousands of stressed police officers with armored cars and water cannons and tens of thousands of demonstrators will clog the city center. And as it now turns out, the hype makes even police officers angry.

One of them has now vented his anger in an open letter. "I think it's a bottomless cheek how ignorant this meeting is planned and enforced against the will of hundreds of thousands of people," the anonymous officer wrote in his text published on the Facebook page "Policeman = Human". "An entire city is paralyzed so that you, dear heads of state, your partners and friends, can spend three wonderful days in the Hanseatic city of Hamburg."

The author of the letter claims to have been with the police for over 15 years. Markus Vogt, the operator of the Facebook page, has communicated with him several times before and has no doubt that he is a real police officer. "My experience as a police officer, my healthy mistrust and my networking lead to the conclusion that the author is an active police officer," Vogt told VICE.

In his career, writes the author, he has been through a lot that goes against the grain: protecting nuclear waste transports or Nazi demos, for example. "The G20 you are planning puts the crown on all of these things," the man writes. What particularly annoys the officers are three things in particular: that the summit is so expensive that it is an enormous burden for the police, and that he considers the whole event to be completely pointless.

"The costs alone, which will probably not be foreseeable until after the summit, are just one cheek," the man raves. "How well could the money be used in care facilities or in refugee work?" As a patrol officer, he knows enough people who could desperately need the money: "The people who are (freezing) out of shelter on the street, or those who steal a pack of toasted bread and cheese from the discounter around the corner for their children for school to do. "

In more than one passage it becomes clear that the man is really angry at the politicians and their "school trip". "I didn't go to the police to make sure that people in overpriced suits could eat more expensive food and go to concerts," he writes. Sometimes you get the feeling that he imagines such a G20 to be much funnier for the participants than it actually is: once he compares the event (the "feast") with "festivities in medieval castles", another time he complains, the heads of state would "have nice days with the family", while the families of the police officers would be "unreasonably burdened" by the overtime.

But he doesn't really care what the heads of state at the G20 actually do: "We all know that your trip worth billions will not defuse the world's conflict, solve a hunger crisis or provide a cure for a deadly disease," he writes. No prognosis out of thin air if you realize that one of the participants is Donald Trump.

Last but not least, the police officer wishes the G20 opponents "every success". Of course he hopes "that violence and riot do not rule the news". But in view of all the points that make him so angry about the huge summit, he thinks the protest is "very necessary!".

Nevertheless, it is very unlikely that the letter will make any difference. That would also be a bit late: After all, the Hamburg riot police have already packed tens of thousands of lunch packages for the police officers on duty - with gummy bears! However, it is questionable whether they will appease the anger of the law enforcement officer.

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