One sunny day Mr. Frog, feeling adventurous, decided to cross the neighborhood stream in search of bigger flies. About ready to hop to it, a voice broke his concentration, “Mr. Frog, please wait; I beg of you.”
Turning and instinctively jumping away, he saw Mr. Scorpion, who continued, “I have been separated from my family on the other side of the stream and because I cannot swim, I implore you to give me a ride.”
Mr. Frog responded, “I am a frog, but not a stupid one; you are a frog murderer. If I let you atop my back, halfway across I’d be stung dead; you’ll not get a ride from me.”
Scorpion shot back, “That frog brain of yours is not thinking straight. If I stung you, I’d also die because I cannot swim; and if you do me this kindness I’d be forever indebted, like the mouse who begged mercy from the lion and later saved his life.”
The frog reconsidered and allowed the Mr. Scorpion to mount his back. Mr. Scorpion, while praising Mr. Frog for his wisdom and kindness viciously whipped his tail stinging frog in the back of the neck about midway across the stream.
As Mr. Frog convulsed, sinking he gurgled, Why? Why, you too will die?
With his last breath the scorpion replied, “Because … I am a scorpion.”
Mr. Scorpion’s nature is to kill frogs and that does not change; even if it means death to himself. Though anomalies exist, generally, it is rare for the nature of a creature to change. Liars lie. Cheaters cheat.
CONSIDER YOUR SURROUNDINGS
Expecting Black Lives Matter (BLM), ANTIFA, most Democrats, Al Sharpton, skin heads, Jesse Jackson, Southern Poverty Law Center and certain media to be fair to police is thinking with a frog brain. The same is true of much of the mainstream media; books have been written documenting their biases.
Their nature is left-leaning and disdainful of police. Political correctness directs their behavior, not fairness and truth. To be fair, we also have too many in our profession concerned with numbers or power, rather than fairness and truth.
The U.S. Constitution, which we swear to uphold — and few have read — is valuable because it is realistic about the nature of man, who seeks power and control of others.
THE GUTS TO SPEAK OUT
Those courageous enough to call out the race-baiters get no air time or column ink, though they may feel the wrath of a government power like the IRS. One example is former FBI Special Agent K. Dee McCown who wrote an open letter to Eric Holder taking him and the then-current administration to task. (Google his name for an interesting read.)
There is a surge in criticism of law enforcement by politicians. The mantra is the same, accusing cops of racism. These folks, addicted to power, use their positions as bully pulpits to further their personal agendas to control others and increase their power.
I became a police officer in 1970. Even then, I saw very few officers who were racist. Whether I was working with a black or white officer, we stopped mostly Black or Latino men simply because of the demographics of the beats we patrolled.
Whites passing through were equally liable to get stopped if there was reasonable suspicion or probable cause. Disrespect of anyone had less to do with race and more to do with immature young officers who were intoxicated with power – and government permission to use it, absent consequences when it was abused.
Understand, government agents are the only people who have the legal authority to use force to gain compliance from people. History records they have abused it, routinely.
In an ethics class I stated that I’d like to know how the police interacted daily with Ferguson’s citizens for the last ten years. A black student raised his hand and said that he was from a town near Ferguson, one that had a substantial population of poor whites as well as blacks.
He stated that he did not think the blacks were treated badly because of their race; whites were treated the same. He said, “Down there, cops treat everyone like assholes!” That may be only one man’s opinion, yet I suspect there are plenty of folks who feel the same.
I base my opinion on an exercise I do routinely with seasoned officers. I ask how many of them have a family member who was treated rudely by police officers. Too many hands go up and they agree that the demeanor of the offensive officer usually changes on discovering that the subject is related to a cop.
ABUSE OF POWER
I think what is being touted as racism is really abuse of power and because a high percentage of violent crime is committed by blacks, according to the FBI stats. Therefore, more black men are being stopped and too often treated disrespectfully.
The U.S. Constitution, which cops swear to uphold, has respect for people at its foundation, claiming that all humans, regardless of race or creed are entitled to respect because of dignity endowed by the Creator.
Like Mr. Scorpion, the race-baiters and police critics will not change. The only things we can change is our behavior and, through fraternal correction, the behavior of our peers. Further, we must reject the Code of Silence that tacitly protects poor behavior. It contradicts our oath of office.
Rather, we must tactfully stop peers from abusing their power.
Justice is understood by humans, intuitively. We, in law enforcement, feel injustice when those with power, paint us as jack-booted, racist thugs. Those we serve accept being detained and arrested justly; they feel injustice when we behave disrespectfully.
Bysshe Shelly said, “Power, like a desolating pestilence, pollutes everything it touches.”
“Above all, it’s about going home at the end of the shift … “
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