The number of police officers killed while at work has increased by 13 percent over last year. Without doing a breakdown of numbers, let me move rather to what is missing in these numbers, or perhaps more appropriately put, who is missing in this tragic report.
The what or the who that’s missing are those people and the media that would show up en masse if the numbers were reversed and the number of criminals killed by police were to increase. That would be Al Sharpton, Jesse Jackson, Sean Penn, Chuck Schumer, (D-NY), and every other hollywood scurge, oh- and let me not forget that Obama himself (as he has proven eager to do), would find the need to castigate law enforcement.
It’s an insult to reasonable minds and a civil society, that the murder of law enforcement officers, carries less newsworthiness than the wounding of a criminal in the act of a crime. But that is what we have come to.
How many funerals of slain officers has Sharpton attended? How many times have you heard the NAACP or the ACLU protest the brutal murder of a law enforcement officer? In March 2003, “Detectives Rodney Andrews and James Nemorin were murdered execution style in cold blood, while trying to rid the neighborhoods of machine-gun dealing teen-agers, none save their fellow detectives, families and fellow brothers /sisters in police work grieved or attended their funerals. There were no protests. Susan Sarandon wasn’t there, Sharpton and Jackson didn’t lead marches. It was just two murdered detectives.” (Self-Inflicted Victimization; Mychal Massie; 5/20/03; WND.com)
It is Christmas and the families of law enforcement officers slain in the course of duty are alone without the person they loved, whose job it was to keep us safe. There were no parades to protest the lost of their lives. No lunatic, so-called community religious leaders were interviewed on television on their behalf. They are simply dead – no public outcry, no tears, from those that the officers, if alive would be prepared to face harm to protect if they were still with us. It’s ironic isn’t it – the very people who condemn the police are the ones the police would do their all to protect if same were facing threat?
Police as I wrote, may not be “Not Perfect – But Always There.” (8/21/07; WND.com) “We all owe a tremendous debt of gratitude to our domestic peacekeeping forces, i.e., local police departments. Local law enforcement is, in a sense, the stepchild of law enforcement. They receive none of the aggrandizement of their federal counterparts, and that is meant to take nothing away from the federal levels. Yet, they are the true first responders, and most often the ones who are maligned and litigated against. Let there be no doubt: There are bad officers in the land, and there are also bad departments as a whole. I personally know of two departments – one that harbored racist alcoholics and a pedophile, and another with an officer-operated brothel. But they are the ugly exception – not the norm.
“It is my opinion that if communities worked more closely with local law enforcement, two things would happen. The first is we would experience a dramatic decrease in crime – the other is that we would find that they are quite human.”
“It takes a special kind of individual to be a law enforcement officer. All of the officers I know, both on local and federal levels, are outstanding individuals, allowing of course for the erstwhile, villainous exceptions that darken the image of the good.”
“Those I know are not perfect, but they are human – and willing to die for our safety every minute of every day they are in uniform or on duty. How many of those who castigate and malign them can say the same? How many of their critics would sacrifice their lives for a family member, much less a stranger who may have, moments before, spit on them? What would happen to a community if law enforcement decided they cared more about their own safety than about stopping criminals, illegal weapons and drugs?” Perhaps that is a question we should ask those who are quick to scorn police.
To those sworn to keep our communities safe and to their families, I salute you and give you thanks for a job well done. And to those who have suffered the lost of a family member who served in law enforcement, please know that you are not alone in your sorrow. May our Lord keep you and comfort you especially at this time.