I am so sick of all the hate and trash talk that is in the comments of any article that has anything to do with law enforcement. In fact, in my local newspaper a woman was beaten and robbed in her place of business. The article showed the police cars out front. In the comments one dude said “Stupid police, taking notes and not doing shit”. Well, actually they were processing a crime scene and the next day they ARRESTED the perpetrator. So, imagine that..they were doing something besides taking notes!
I have found the people that have a problem with the police, are 1. Criminals 2. Whiners 3. Friends or family of a criminal. I like how it’s always how the “police are harassing me!”…really? I’ve been on this earth 41 years and I have NEVER been harassed by ANY police officer….because, I’m not a CRIMINAL. If they are “harassing” you…you won’t get any sympathy from me, because I bet there is a damn good reason.
The next gripe I hear is that police should be out catching “real” criminals instead of getting their “quota” of speeding tickets. 1. Driving like an idiot, is a danger to the public and they are doing their job…if you don’t like getting a ticket, drive like you have some sense and within the posted speed limits. 2. They don’t have “quotas”….and they don’t make any more money for giving tickets, so really there is no motivation for them to get out on what is probably one of the most hazardous things they can do, which is a traffic stop just to get their non-existent “quota” up. Using this as an insult reminds me of something my mom used to say, “Better to be thought of as an idiot then to open your mouth and erase all doubt.”
“I pay your salary!” Well whoop de doo…guess what, by paying the same taxes that YOU do, they pay their own salary. You also pay the President’s salary…..do you call and tell him that every time he does something you don’t agree with? If not, then keep your mouth shut.
“If you don’t act nice, I’m going to have that policeman arrest you!” Seriously, mother of the year…you are NOT. This boggles my mind. If my child is ever lost, hurt or in danger…I want them to find the nearest policeman for help, not to be afraid that they will be arrested by the big bad cop. If you are a parent that does this…STOP IT. How about you be a damn parent and take control of your kid and stop using fear and passing the buck of telling a kid NO onto someone else.
Law enforcement is a needed, dangerous, and thankless job. These officers have to deal daily with people and events that I hope to never come across. My mother (a fountain of wisdom) also used to tell me that you have to have a little bit of fear to have respect, and by God she was right! By pushing the touchy feely community policing, departments have done their officers a disservice. Police work is not an office job and treating it like one only puts them at greater risk. People have no respect anymore and without respect, they feel they can act however they want…and that is dangerous.
So, in case you were wondering…yes, I support Law Enforcement and I am thankful for the job they do every day. May God bless them and keep them safe, because they ARE the good guys!