January 23, 2012

Cops - Abusers or Heroes?

Somebody said to me recently: "You post memorials to cops. Many of them are abusers of civil rights". 

My response is: No, not many of them are abusers. Most of them are men and women who go to work to do a job and put their lives on the line every day that they are on duty. 

Many cops are also killed "off-duty" in circumstances in which they come across a burglary or an assault or a problem, and step in to help resolve the situation. They feel that it their duty to do so. 

There are lots of abusers in this world - husbands to wives; fathers to their children; soldiers in war who torture their enemies; politicians who further their own gains at the expense of others; bankers and investors who will steal your life savings without a backward glance; Catholic Priests and Protestant Ministers and Pastors and Hockey and Football coaches who abuse kids for sex; and so on, ad infinitum. 

A Police Abuser - pepper spraying peaceful demonstrators.
Abuse is endemic and pandemic. Abuse is not the sole property of the police. 

By and large, Law Enforcement officers are no worse than anyone else and many are heroes. 
Police Officer, shot in the
neck, on duty.

For example, I have posted a good number of blog posts in the past year regarding law enforcement officers who tried to save drowning people. Some of these officers were "off duty". They didn't have to step up to the plate, but they did anyway due to a sense of obligation, and then lost their own lives in an attempt to save others. 

These are the true heroes of the modern era. 

God help the Police. 

Michael, Patron Saint of the Police, pray for them. Amen.

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