The cops in Hiram, Georgia have announced a “water gun fight”, allegedly to “build public goodwill” and “let cops connect with the community”.
I wouldn’t call this “fun” or “public relations”. I would call it desensitization training. If they can get used shooting children, they can shoot anyone. From their facebook page:
With school starting back up and the negativity being prominent in the media lately, we thought it would be best to offer an opportunity for the children of our community to get to know us, and what better way than hosting our own Operation: Water Gun. Help us bridge the gap between law enforcement and Paulding County’s Youth.
Operation: Water Gun is an event where children of all ages are encouraged to show up and battle it out with our own officers – water gun style. We will be hosting this event on Saturday, August 15th, from 12pm-2pm.
We are accepting donations, whether it is water guns or monetary donations, at the Hiram Police Department during normal business hours.
If you have any questions, feel free to contact Lt. J. Crosson at email@example.com, Danna Lewis at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call the Hiram Police Department.
Violent bullies will repeat that behaviour whenever the opportunity arises. You can be sure at least one kid will get targeted repeatedly, shot mercilessly with water by 10-20 cops until the kid breaks down crying. And when a non-participating parent tries to intervene, they’ll likely get hit with water too.