Recent reports explored the stand up and step forward bravado of future cops training at the police academy and active-duty law enforcement officers continuing to do the job despite the insidious harangue of anti-cop vocal chords blasting hate via bullhorns.
Despite the din-makers’ heaping hatred for all-things-police, new cops are hitting the streets and, as we will examine, their passion is rather undaunted by the corrosive climate and mindful of public service applications.
Those newly-minted cops fresh out of the academy and into the moving target otherwise known as a police cruiser are talking about their decisions to join a highly criticized profession unsupported by political progressives, and what their intent is while wearing a badge, gun, ballistic vest, and a metaphorical bullseye.
From our friends at Bolster the Blue, we have the following sentiments sizing up what it is to be a cop in present-day society: “People are killing peoplein Fairfax County, but there’s nothing to see here, folks. Why you may wonder? Perhaps it’s because we have a Commonwealth Attorney who acts as an aggressor rather than an ally to our officers and a plethora of special interest groups pushing a progressive agenda to our Board of Supervisors. Police officers aren’t policing; they’re self-preserving, and bad guys aren’t afraid when they’re protected by progressive reformists.” BINGO! But I’ll add that there is a fusion of policing/self-preserving, and the combo is not novel—the latter is heightened because the former is under constant fire, in some case literally.
After the oft-questioned shooting involved in the Breonna Taylor case —and its subsequent eruption of rioting and hugely scaled violence instead of examination of fact-patterned analysis— Louisville police officers were seemingly recognized for their gallantry and bravado and professional prowess for enduring in-your-face volatile anti-coppers parading around like gangsters. LPD began to deplete.
Recently, the Louisville government approved a sizeableincrease in the starting salary for Louisville Metro PD applicants, securing a contract for current officers while also incentivizing aspiring cops to replace the “droves” which departed its police force amid the chronic riots and indifferent stances over the Breonna Taylor shooting.
I find this intriguing. Under the same circumstances involving unrelenting riots and absolute destruction, other cities continue the downward spiral of allowing these hostile factions to roam the streets like “Mad Max” movie extras while spectating from the offices at city hall and tacitly denouncing cops with prohibitions dissuading cops from the law-and-order mission.
Some of these hugely hypocritical government officials (ahem, foes) arein the news, justly outed for who they really are: Portland City Commissioner Jo Ann Hardesty, who happily trumpeted the “defund the police” invective and keepstrying to push cops from societylike an out-of-control bulldozer, decried a minor disagreement (open car window, fashioned as such due to COVID) with a Lyft driver and thought it appropriate to summon help (via 9-1-1, no less!) from the police she wishes were goners. For reals…no joke!
The synopsis is mindboggling: Ms. Hardesty refused to exit the Lyft driver’s car per his request, then said that although she was “scared” to call the police, she felt she had to do so because the driver already mentioned he was intending to dial 9-1-1. There must be an empty seat in the kindergarten class.
Did we mention that Ms. Hardesty reportedly oversees Portland’s 9-1-1 system? The very troops and cavalry which respond tobona fide9-1-1 calls forserioushelp are the same folks she denounces and wishes were nothing but ash. (Assuming she got her way and cops were no more, wouldn’t that effectively dissolve her 9-1-1 oversight role?)
Incidentally, neither the Lyft driver nor Commissioner Hardesty had a viable reason to call 9-1-1: none of what has been reported even remotely amounted to an “emergency.” From the accounts I read and the following audio tape recording of the actual 9-1-1 conversation between Hardesty and the public safety call-taker, Portland’s 9-1-1 dispatcher handled the matter most appropriately and informed Ms. Hardesty that her impasse with the Lyft driver constituted a “civil agreement” andnotanything warranting an urgent response by any public safety official. You’d think Commissioner Hardesty would certainly know that…but perhaps self-importance overrode logic and rational considerations.
Did you catch her assertion at the 1:13 mark: “…this is not a police issue” after which she rambled and claimed she was not going to leave the man’s car (per his rightful request)? Ordinarily, such an obstinate stance teeters on the threshold of Trespassing. She then adds, “He can’t go anywhere because I’m not moving until another [Lyft] car comes, so…” That recorded verbiage amounts to holding the driver against his free will while also impeding his means of economic sustenance.
Cops deal with these sorts all…the…time. And that segues back to our subject matter today.
George Bernard Shaw once coined a philosophical point with applications to the law enforcement institution and the naysayers who wish it wiped from the planet: “The reasonable man adapts himself to the world; the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore, all progress depends on the unreasonable man.”
Distill from Mr. Shaw’s statement what you will; there may be a few potential interpretations beyond Mr. Shaw’s gist. For our purposes, we focus on the will and inherent desire to make things better despite the negative Nancy types populating the airwaves with static and annoyance…those to whom Mr. Shaw alludes to as folks who have unsustainable expectations of the world morphing to suit their whims. Tantrums ensue…while others get busy buffering the tin.
In varying cities across the country, a new batch of police officers hit the streets recently, and those interviewed expressed their intent to have the support of the American public.
As one recent Dallas police academy graduate stated, “I want people to need us again.” The weight of that statement serves as a barometer signaling where we have been, where we are, and where we wish to go from here—troubled times fueled by people the likes of Ms. Hardesty have needlessly and recklessly tossed obstacles in the way of public safety tenets and the practitioners who are responsible for law and order, even if it means self-sacrifice.
Among myriad character traits and skills cops bring to the public safety table, well-meaning is paramount. And you can hear it in the voices (”being part of the conversation”) and see it in the eyes of these brave new law enforcement officers who are stanchioned to support strangers needing assistance navigating the often-complex constructs of American society. Even an elected official who adamantly refuses to exit a privately-owned automobile because the open window was to help combat COVID.
Indeed, as newly minted Dallas police Officer Janine Adams said candidly, “I want people to need us again.” Respectfully, that “need” never ceased; instead, oppositionists and contrarians holding some sort of profound grudge propagandize to the contrary, and the seeds sowing hate somehow rooted deeply enough.
People need cops now and again…and infinitely thereafter.
And their you have it folks. We elect idiots like Hardesty to run our city and expect Einstein type results. Can't happen. I bet Hardesty doesn't live in a high crime area.