Now my gentle readers, some of you clear-thinking folks, may wonder to yourself, “What is a Professional Cultural Anthropologist?” Gumshoe’s short answer is, “I don’t know”. Gumshoe got dragged into it. Gumshoe made up the term, but Gumshoe became one, purely by chance. Sort of by the vicissitudes of fortune, unfortunately.
Gumshoe had the best seat in the house folks from the vantage point of the inside of Gumshoe’s police black chasing endless 911 calls and by case-by-case Detective “detecting” for over four decades. (Seems like yesterday?)
Gumshoe personally witnessed definitive paradigm shifts throughout his years on the beat.
So to illustrate the point. In the violent ’70s, the accepted police practice in cop parlance was to “hooking ‘em and book ‘em!” No problem, no question, and no worries mate. “All roads and all codes”. Enforcement! Period. End of story. Wrong!
Ever so slowly though, times changed, and the “PC” police administrators soon populated the upper management ranks. Blah! Egads, Batman! Of course, they were league with the forces of darkness; the feckless and willingly ignorant “woke” local, county, state, and federal politicians. God forgive them, they know not what they do. The term “woke” was not part of the vernacular back then. The term “progressive” reared its head.
Most expectedly and undoubtedly the mission protocol changed. Much to the unplanned consequences to the unsuspecting public at large.
Note: Nowadays, the majority of our citizens are dealing with the after-effects of past lockdowns and the hideous and insidious “cancel culture”. Coupled with the lunatic cries of “Defund, Dismantle the Police!”
Additional Note: Don’t get Gumshoe started on the Marxist groups of Antifa and BLM; critical race theory or the 1619 Project. All targeted to destroy our democracy and culture.
The parade of the parasites on civil society consisting of the sundry list of scofflaws, miscreants, reprobates, scum bags, losers, mouth breathers, were introduced to the progressive restorative justice approach of “counseling and referrals to social services”.
Behavior modification, transactional analysis, “I’m Ok, Your Ok” were the weapons of choice for the street cops. Yikes! Where is Sergeant Joe Friday when you need him and you have to settle with Gunther Toody and Francis Muldoon from Car 54 (Where are you?) instead?
Caveat: Gumshoe could still arrest and book violent felons, thank God!
Secondary Caveat (mandated) Don’t get yourself filmed for the “Eye Witness News at 11:00 pm” actually using legal force to effect the arrest. The “optics” won’t match the brand.
Note: Police work is sometimes very violent and down on the ground dirty. That’s the truth that every law enforcement officer will tell you if you care to ask and if “you can handle the truth”. (That’s the great line from the movie, “A Few Good Men)
The outside door panels of the black and whites boldly announced “To Protect and Serve” as the units roamed their assigned city patrol beats.
Yes, by-golly-gee-whiz, that was the advertised brand; the mission statement of the police department. “The medium is the message”, in the written words from Marshall McLuhan. However, with the aforementioned paradigm shifts (mission creep) any clear thinking, adverse career-risk police veteran, street warrior copper knew differently.
It was not really to “To Protect and Serve” but in reality, “To Smile and Wave”.
No Internal Affair Investigators (referred to as “shoo flies in police jargon) buzzing around your sorry-ass carcass while you’re on administrative leave status. Pending department discipline, demotion, dismissal, disgrace. Damn it! Officer survival had a new meaning for sure folks. Street survival is essential, however, career survival is also essential.
Absolutely, no pro-active policing allowed. Aggressive police tactics “verboten”, cabish?
If not the offending officer would be “caput”. Note gentle readers: Gumshoe utilized German and Italian words in the spirit of cultural diversity. Ay Caramba! (Mexican words). Gumshoe did it again.
There is hope, Gumshoe boldly announces. Take heart, times are “a changing”. People have come to learn that some folks are just bad by choice (not by circumstance). Nature or Nurture you may ponder. Gumshoe replies. B.S.! It is and will always be by CHOICE. Cain willfully murdered his brother Able. The rock did not make him do it.
These dregs of society, these barbarians at the gates just have to be locked up; bail reinstated; justice restored for the victim and just punishment swift and assured for the guilty. This is happening.
The over-lapping of race, culture, creed, gender are intersectional excuses for bad behavior and only lead to destruction. Drink the Kool-Aide and you won’t taste the cyanide Jonestown Residents. Trust me says Reverend Jim.
The paradigm shift is presently underway which permits cops to do their jobs in a lawful and compassionate manner “To Protect and To Serve”. Strongly supported by John Q. and Jane Q. Citizen. The entire criminal justice community (Prosecutors, Judges, Juries, Corrections, Probation, and Parole). Real political leadership of all sides of the aisle. Church leaders and educators as well.
Note: Gumshoe garners no hope for the mass media, the Hollywood crowd, and the far left elites.
In the words of General Patton, “Lead, follow or get the Hell out of the way!”
Note: Cops can still wave and smile while protecting and serving.
Well, that’s Gumshoe’s take on the making of a cultural anthropologist without apology.
Always remember to love the ones who love you and even try to love the ones who don’t.