This is the traditional relationship between police and skateboarders:
Sometimes we win:
The Guardian just published an article about a Canadian cop who ruins a skatepark by skating there as part of his job. It’s an abomination.
If you go to the article, there’s video of the guy skating, and he even lands a bigflip 5-0. Someone spent enough time skateboarding to be able to do that, and didn’t understand why it’s wrong to become a police officer.
The position with the police department of Longueil, a city near Montreal in Quebec, officially launched in mid-June. But it had been years in the making, thanks to Hinse-Fillion, a three-year veteran of the police force who had long dreamed of combining policing with his love of skateboarding.
He knew it was an unusual matchup. Hinse-Fillion had grown up skating outside churches and shopping centres – and getting into run-ins with police. Skateboarders often saw police as nothing more than authority figures who hand out tickets, he said. “So I said to myself, I’m going to use my passion – my sport – to try and chip away at that barrier.”
After joining the police, he spent two years of his free time mapping out exactly how his project could work, putting together a formal proposal for the department. “Lots of people have asked me, why put a police officer in a skateboard?” he said. “I know that it’s quite unique, but at its essence it’s also quite simple. You use sport to get closer to the community and all the benefits come from that.”
Hinse-Fillion already had one trailblazer in North America to cite to his superiors: in 2014, a cop in Green Bay, Wisconsin, Joel Zwicky, had begun patrolling on skateboard. Described as the world’s first skateboarding cop, Zwicky has said his aim is to break down what he called the “cop versus skateboarder mentality.”
Cops will infiltrate anybody. They don’t give a fuck.
Of course it’s unstated why he should be a cop, and why “chipping away at that barrier” is a worthwhile activity. It’s treated like two groups of people naturally need to along if there’s conflict. Duh!
Why not do what Rojava did and give everybody police training, then abolish the police? No more occupying army!
Look at how destructive the guy is:
During a typical shift, Hinse-Fillion tours through the city’s eight skateparks, chatting with anyone he finds there, from young children to 55-year-olds. For some, the project has transformed the way they see the city’s skateparks. A handful of retired people have begun dropping by when he’s there, while parents of some of the younger visitors to the park have spoken out about being reassured by his presence at the park. On a Sunday evening spent with the Guardian at one skatepark, two young kids stood next to Hinse-Fillion, conspicuously hanging on to his every word.
But most of the time, those at the skateparks don’t pay much attention to him. “It’s a bit weird to have a cop here,” said 17-year-old Maxime Goyette. “My friends took some photos of him the first day he was here. But it hasn’t changed anything here.” Simon Ratté-Berubée,15, added, “People come here to skate, it doesn’t really matter if it’s a cop or not.”
The reception has been more positive than Hinse-Fillion had expected. “I thought I would hear from people who didn’t want anything to do with the police, but I haven’t. Because if they don’t want to be around me, they leave as soon as I arrive,” he said.
His colleagues have also embraced the new position – teasingly referring to him as ‘the star’ over the many media interviews he’s done in recent months – but also passing along the names of troubled youth to keep an eye out for while he’s at the parks. Often he shares with these youth his own story of dropping out of school at age 15 and later turning his life around. “I don’t have to ask, tell me about your life, I just invite them to skate with me. That gives them the impression that the police are something different than what they’ve known.”
The kind of people who avoid the skatepark until there’s a cop there are the kind of people who call the police on skateboarders. We don’t want retired busybodies at the skatepark.
We don’t want cops at the skatepark spreading their fascism when they’re supposed to be learning about punk and anarchism, or at the very least hating big corporations in favor of skater-owned companies. I learned stuff from Ed Templeton.
Drinking and/or getting high are traditionally important parts of hanging out at the skatepark. Obviously this isn’t possible in the presence of police officers and their retired friends. Teenage boys are being denied the right of passage of someone getting them high the first time at the skatepark, away from parental supervision.
I know I wouldn’t stick around for a buzzkill like that, having some cop in my way, standing around spreading his cop lies, making my safe space dangerous.