Beachcombing

By: 
Jay Beeler

I am in complete agreement with David Clarke, the former Milwaukee County Sheriff, who recently wrote the following in response to the civil arrest around the country:

It’s not the police who need to be retrained, it’s the public. We have grown into a mouthy, mobile phone wielding, vulgar, uncivil society with no personal responsibility and the attitude of “It’s the other person’s fault, you owe me.” A society where children grow up with no boundaries or knowledge or concern for civil society and personal responsibility.

When an officer says, “Put your hands up,” then put your hands up! Don’t reach for something in your pocket, your lap, your seat. There’s plenty of reason for a police officer to feel threatened. There have been multiple assaults and ambushes on police officers lately. Comply with requests from the officer; have your day in court. Don’t mouth off, or fight, or refuse to comply. That escalates the situation.

Police officers are our sons and daughters, fathers and mothers, brothers and sisters. They’re black, white, brown, all colors, all ethnicities, all faiths, male and female, they are us. They see the worst side of humanity – the raped children, the bloody mangled bodies of traffic victims, the bruised and battered victims of domestic violence, homicide victims, body parts – day after day.

They work holidays while we have festive meals with our families. They miss school events with their kids, birthdays, anniversaries, all those special occasions that we take for granted. They work in all types of weather, under dangerous conditions, for relatively low pay.

They have extensive training, but they are human. When there are numerous attacks on them, they become hyper vigilant for a reason, they have become targets. When a police officer encounters any person – any person, whether at a traffic stop, a street confrontation, an arrest, whatever – that situation has the potential to become life threatening. You, Mr/Mrs/Miss Civilian, also have the responsibility of keeping the situation from getting out of control.

Many law enforcement officers are veterans. They’ve been in service to this nation most of their lives, whether on the battlefield or protecting us here at home. They are the only thing that stands between us and anarchy in the streets.

If you want to protect your child, teach them respect.

 

The protest marches we are witnessing today are – for the most part – the fault of the “victim” who brings a gun, knife, rock, fist or some other threat to the police officer. Asking the cop to think twice before doing what they are trained to do means that they will probably die in the line of duty.

Locally we have our own share of rotten apple cops who are bent on tarnishing the badge. Thankfully they are very limited, and we have Stephen Downing to thank for exposing them, as well as the good cops who tell us their story in an honest attempt to clean up the corrupt few. But rather than have the city manager, city attorney and LB Police Officers Association protect, lie and stonewall the facts, the rotten apples should be shown the exit door.

Now we have professional sports teams climbing on the band wagon, joining the ranks of Colin Kaepernick and Mookie Betts who disrespect peace officers, the flag and our National Anthem. My response to that is to stop watching over-compensated professional athletes entirely and concentrate on collegiate teams. Otherwise stated. “Shut up and play ball.”

Ditto that for overpaid actors, entertainers and others who try to use their public platform for political messaging. My response to them is “Listen to my TV remote control – click.”

 

Funny Stuff:

A little boy opened the big family Bible. He was fascinated as he fingered through the old pages. Suddenly, something fell out. He picked up the object and looked at it. What he saw was an old leaf that had been pressed in between the pages.

“Mama, look what I found,” the boy called out.

“What have you got there, dear?”

With astonishment in the young boy’s voice, he answered, “I think it’s Adam’s underwear!”

 

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