MY MEMORY AIN’T SO BAD
I recall from my youth that the Boy Scout motto was, “Be Prepared.” It was good then and it’s even better now. For cops, that is. Let’s look back a few years. Twelve, to be exact.
It was early in the summer of 2013 when our brand-new, fresh out-of-the-wrapper Prez said of our brothers, “…the Cambridge police acted stupidly in arresting somebody …” after admitting that he didn’t have any of the facts, but he presumed race played a part in it.
It wouldn’t be the last time this administration would throw us under the bus before any investigation happened or facts were known.
Means many things. One of them is that for the next while, anytime a Black man is the object of an enforcement action of any kind from cops, the Department of Justice will swoop-in and investigate to determine if it was driven by racism. Even if it’s just a smidgen … like the cop made a racist statement during his middle school years.
Remember the days when the local cops felt as if they had an investigator from the DOJ following every step they took? In an effort to micro-manage every cop-shop they could weasel their way into, consent decrees were forced upon our brothers and sisters all over the country.
Did all of that pain-in-the-ass bullshit do one bit of good? No is the resounding universal answer. It was just another way for the all-powerful federal government to stick their noses where they didn’t belong and weren’t welcome.
IF IT WASN’T BAD ENOUGH ALREADY …
I expect there will be more onerous and ridiculous rules coming out of Washington DC which will further threaten the safety and wellbeing of every cop in the country. It’s a continued effort to blame us cops and society in general for the sad living conditions many Black Americans find themselves forced to call home.
I’ve been blamed for things many times in my life. Just ask my wife. On second thought, don’t do that. I’ve got broad shoulders; I can take it. The truly sad part is that by making these Black people think they are victims, they are dissuaded from getting off their collective asses, going to work and doing something to improve their situation by working hard – on their own.
OUR DEFENDER IS GONE
No, He’s not. Our defender is actually the Big Guy (a/k/a God) who is upstairs. He is watching over every one of us. Remember that we are doing His work and as peacemakers, we are very special to Him.
For a few short years, Trump was here acting as a one-man cheering section for all of us. He may have returned to being a private citizen, but he isn’t gone. And, staying quiet isn’t his specialty.
Equally important are the seventy-four million people who supported him as President. They haven’t gone away.
Make no mistake: With them, we are as strong and resilient as ever.
We’re a family born not from a bloodline but bonded for life by a blue one.
“Above all, it’s about going home at the end of the shift … “
We couldn’t agree more.
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