I’m sure there are occupations out there -- working on oil rigs in the Gulf of Wherever, fishing for crab in near-frozen seas, logging, haz-mat workers – that, at face-value, may seem more dangerous. There are times when even opinion writers must be quick to dodge ill-intended insults, but we learn to use such as fuel for more column fodder at some point.
However, when the aforementioned workers head to the “office” each day, they have some idea of what to expect and therefore for what to prepare.
A member of the law enforcement, on the other hand, has no idea when they pull over someone for speeding, or perhaps walk up to a door for a welfare check, if a particular person hasn’t finally snapped. Perhaps that person would rather do anything he or she deems necessary to avoid prison time. They may not be the sharpest tool in the shed, but they’re smart enough to know that the officer is probably not going to fall for the “I don’t know how this kilo of cocaine wound up in my trunk” speech.
What has taken place over the last couple of years has only made their job more dangerous thanks to moronic comments by Hillary Clinton (if she becomes president, will police really want to support her?). Oh, there have been others, including President Obama, who tossed fuel on the fire. If only they would think of the damage it does to the true infrastructure to this country. Without police, wouldn’t we just be right there in the land of Mad Max where criminals rule the day and run amok like roaches in a Raid-free world?
Yes, there has been a case here and there where perhaps an officer did not use the best judgment. However, in practically every case, it was extremely poor judgment of the victim that acted improperly in the first place. The poor actions by officers are a small decimal point in comparison to the criminals that forced the reaction and came out on the losing end.
We learned a long time ago that to every action is a reaction. Don’t make the reaction turn out deadly… for either side.
We make it a point, and a well-deserved one, to thank military personnel for protecting our country. What they do for us in some land we likely will never see allows us to carry on in our daily lives without too much change from our fathers and grandfathers.
Nevertheless, it is our local law enforcement that keeps our streets and neighborhoods safe. We don’t have to drive bullet-proof vehicles to get in and out of our driveways each day. See a policeman or a sheriff’s deputy, tell him or her thanks. You may not think of it, but they are keeping things calm, despite what Mrs. Clinton and other “maybe I can grab a vote by speaking against the police” politicians want to spew.
If a cop goes rogue, there will almost certainly be a reaction. But we should react to the overwhelming majority of them that are looking out for our best interest each day by letting them know how much we truly appreciate what they do when they go to work each day. Their lives matter!