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By / 16 December  2013

A popular police chief from Ohio penned a scathing online note to famous  rapper Kanye West. Police Chief David Oliver, head of the Brimfield, Ohio police  department has become an internet phenomenon. In fact, Brimfield Police  Department has the 2nd most followers on Facebook of any of America’s police  departments (they trail only the NYPD). His latest Facebook post has brought him  his most notoriety yet…

Here it is:

Dear Kanye West,

 I am honored to be writing such an important star. I am a mere  Internet sensation. I’m not sure I am worthy to address you, although the  Huffington Post did say I was “Humorous and Insanely Popular.” I don’t pay much  attention to those things. Anyway, please excuse my interference in your life  for a quick second.

I read your interview and also watched it on video. You said: “I’m just  giving of my body on the stage and putting my life at risk, literally.….and I  think about it. I think about my family and I’m like, wow, this is like being a  police officer or something, in war or something.”

I want to thank you for putting your life on the line for all of us every  day. I know that being a rapper is tough work. I have tried to rap, and it is  very difficult to keep up with the pulse of the rhyme flow…although when Ice Ice  Baby comes on the radio, I can usually keep up with ol’ Vanilla. Anywho, your  job is just some very dangerous work. Most people don’t consider… if you rap  really fast, without a chance to inhale, you could pass out and hit your  head.

nomopesThat last paragraph was covered in sarcasm. I’m  letting you know, just so you do not think I agree with your very ignorant  assessment of your career (or any other performer)as it relates to a person in  the military or a police officer’s service. You sir, are as misguided as they  come. I do have a suggestion for you. Since you are accustomed to danger, from  your life as an international rapper, I am strongly encouraging you immediately  abandon you career as a super star and join the military. After joining, I would  like you to volunteer to be deployed in Afghanistan or one of the numerous other  forward locations where our men an women are currently serving. When the Taliban  starts shooting at you, perhaps you could stand up and let the words flow. It  could be something like “I’m Kanye West, wearing a flak vest.” I’m sure they  would just drop weapons and surrender. You could quite possibly end all wars,  just from the enemy being star-struck.

Your line of thinking is part of the problem in the world today….which  include entertainers thinking they are something more than just entertainers. I  know it is supply and demand and the demand for your services is high. I get  economics. What I do not get is you EVER comparing what you do for a living to  our heroic military members, who are always in harm’s way… and my brother and  sister police officers who have to go to work carrying weapons and wearing a  bullet-proof vest to protect themselves.

Check yourself, before you wreck yourself….Chief Oliver.


Way to go, Chief Oliver. I think everyone can agree that we’re tired of  people in popular culture whether they be rappers, musicians, actors or athletes  comparing their work with war or other violence. Your job may be hard, but it’s  not battle. You aren’t risking your life. You aren’t sacrificing your youth to  bring safety and peace to your nation. You aren’t ever in any danger – so stop  pretending what you do is life and death, because it isn’t.

Thanks, Chief Oliver, for putting this all into perspective for us.

About the author: Onan Coca

 Onan is a graduate of Liberty University (2003) and earned his M.Ed. at  Western Governors University in 2012. Onan lives in the Atlanta area with his  wife, Leah. They have three children and enjoy the hectic pace of life in a  young family. Onan and Leah are members of the Journey Church in Hiram, GA.



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