The Ciderhouse

Posted: April 16, 2015 in Uncategorized

I try not to get to political in my blog posts but I just watched a very disturbing video in which a North Charleston police officer shots an unarmed man running away in the back 7 times. The officers actions were captured on a cell phone camera. I considered placing the video here embedded but the video is chilling and makes my skin crawl. I hate even writing about the video and the event. The actions resulted in the officer loosing his job and being charged with murder. After the video was posted there was an avalanche of outrage and protest. The talk shows were ablaze! There were all kinds of reviews about the police brutality.

I heard all the stats but the one that bothered me the most, was the one about were most police officers lived. Get this.. Most police officers do not live in the city the patrol. Following that link will take you to a story, explaining that in two thirds of American cities police officer commute from another city to work. This really bugs me.

There was an amazing movie based on a book. The movie and the book was called “Cider House Rules”. If you haven’t seen the movie or read the book, let me warn you this is a spoiler. The book is about a young man raised in an orphange by a doctor who ran the orphanage. The young man moves out when he becomes an adult and lives on an apple orchard and in the Cider House as an employee. There are a list of rules on the cider house wall. The men and women in the cider house cannot read the list and ask the young doctor to read it to him. After reading the list the young man throws the list into the fire. He is told to do it because the men and women who made the list don’t understand the cider house. They don’t live there.

A police officer who doesn’t live in the city he patrols may find it hard to relate to the men and women he has sworn to protect. I know that a person who becomes a police officer does this most likely because of a “calling” and a deep need to be part of something bigger, however without being part of a community and after years of dealing with the worst part of the community it seems easy for a police officer to become a cold and callous employee.

I admire Cory Booker because, while serving as mayor of New Jersey Cory Booker moved into Brick Towers. Brick Towers was one of the largest and most troubled low income neighborhoods in New Jersey. I wonder if living in the neighbourhood made Mr. Booker a better mayor? I like to think yes. He had what I heard some people call “skin in the game”


Just some thoughts, sorry about getting sort of political. I think that empathy is very important when dealing with people. Sometimes it is easier to develop empathy up close.






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