Okay, Iíve got to weigh in here for a moment. Now I understand that tensions are on the rise with all the Occupy movements that have sprung up over the last few months and in that time many of our police services have come under fire and from what Iíve seen rightfully so in some cases. Now before I get to the point, I want to say that I generally agree with what the Occupiers are doing. Itís obvious that the system cannot continue the way it has been and I respect anyone who has the guts to stand up for something they believe in. But lately all Iíve been hearing is how the police are nothing more than the ďenforcers for the 1%.Ē (My understanding is that the ďone percentĒ refers to the wealthy and powerful while the ďninety-nine perfectĒ are the rest of us ground under their heels.)
Well I have a problem with that.
In times like these itís so easy to tar the whole lot of them as bullies in uniform, and Iíll admit that some of them are. But you also have to realize that in addition to enforcing the will of the 1%, police officers put their LIVES on the line EVERYDAY for US. When someone breaks into our house, or assaults us, or threatens us we do we call the Occupy movement to come save us? No, we call the POLICE. And whatís more, they come and they put themselves between us and whatever is trying to harm us. And long after our ordeal is over and weíve moved on, theyíre still out there answering other peopleís calls for help. Donít think for a second that doesnít take a toll, that they donít pay a price for that. I know several cops and Iíve seen it in their eyes when they talk about some of the things theyíve seen. They do pay a price, and they pay it for US.
Iím going to leave off with something thatís been weighing on my mind lately. Today on November 16th, 2011 many people are talking about how oppressive the NYPD is being toward the Occupy Wall Street movement. Yet on this same day ten years ago, I guarantee that many of the same people were talking about the 60 New York police officers who gave their lives for the people on 9/11. Iím not saying that everything the police are doing right now is correct, what I am saying is: donít forget about the good in the frenzy to point out the bad.