"...The spaghetti with brains is mind blowing."
Sure, it's not the funniest quip ever, but I said something like that while guarding the crime scene of a 12-person shooting back in 2001. What else are you going to do? Have a moment of silence?
I miss the laughs from the job. Non-cops may not understand cop humor, which is often a desperate attempt to make people laugh at precisely the most inopportune time. Granted it may not look good to be laughing over a dead body (especially if the victim's relatives are nearby...) but hey, you gotta have fun.
Well, now it's official. Or at least peer-reviewed ("Is humor the best medicine? The buffering effect of coping humor on traumatic stressors in firefighters." Sliter, Michael; Kale, Aron; Yuan, Zhenyu. Journal of Organizational Behavior vol. 35 issue 2 February 2014. p. 257-272).
Cops don't crack such jokes because they're evil people. Quite the contrary! Cops (or at least firefighters) laugh at the misfortune of others because it keeps them sane. Humor, shocker of shockers, is good for you.
That shooting on E. North Avenue was at an "RIP party" for a guy who went by the name of "Bone." ("RIP party?" I remember one of my partners saying with disgust, "We already have a word for that. It's called a wake.")
shot and killed. Oh well. I wonder what they're serving at the wake?
Also, I like how the Baltimore Sun says, "The block party shooting was one of the highest profile crimes at the time." And yet at the time, the Sun didn't even put the mass shooting on the front page.