Once a few years ago ,as I watched , my brother was run down by a hit and run drunk driver , my brother was eight years old and I was twelve , In the ensuing weeks after this happened all of my family existed in a state of shock , In my memories of that day and the few following days ,there are a few images that will forever be alive and forever remembered in my mind ! Two police officers assisted as my Father carried my brother's broken and bleeding body to the back sat of the police cruiser , this was before backboards and neck braces and a system of EMTs and their 'proper procedures ', this was long minutes before the ambulance sirens even were heard approaching , the police cruiser actually broke every rule in the book by racing to get my brother to the emergency room for help . After the shock of the death of my brother and the stunned silence in our house of the following days , weeks and months , our family watched as in 95% temperature and equal humidity , a police officer spent the day on his knee's searching for evidence in the hot roadside ditch , apparently one of the parking light lenses from the car that I , and another , eventually helped to identify was missing and eventually turned up .! That officers name was Officer Don , a true hero ., in my book . As the investigating process took place , with kid gloves , this same officer , figuratively took a twelve year olds hand and walked him through the legal process of an investigation and trial of the hit and run driver who killed my brother !.
There are a million stories like this in America and quite Possibly More ! And yet , all that's in the news today is the public trial , judging and hanging of ALL the cops on the street ! Can't you think of one time an officer helped you ?
Shame on you America ! Shame on you !
No one is here to denigrate these people that serve us all everyday. For every Ferguson and Cleveland, there are 500 examples of the police officer doing his or her job courteously and professionally.
But, as we have seen over the last few months there is always room for improvement and we should be open to such reform as appears necessary.
I can think of officers who helped and assisted me. I was getting off the bus and a police officer helped me down. I can think of other instances where police officers helped others in my community. Not ALL police officers are BAD. Some were even patient with the more contentious elements of my community; they remained calm and professional in the eye of the storm.
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