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Those Damned Cops: Some Reflections About Life

Updated on January 17, 2018

A Flash From the Past

I was ten, maybe eleven at the time. After fifty-odd years I still remember it clearly.

We had this little family tradition . . . every Sunday the three of us, Mom, Dad, and yours truly, would climb into the car (a Mercury, I believe) and we would go for a Sunday drive. The destination was never terribly important. It was just a time for the three of us to spend some quality time together, and I remember enjoying those Sunday drives quite a bit.

This one trip, though, was not pleasurable.

We were maybe fifteen minutes into the drive when my dad stopped at a four-way stop. There were no other cars in the intersection so he proceeded on, and thirty seconds later the siren sounded behind us and a cop pulled us over.

That’s when it got interesting.

The cop said my dad didn’t properly stop at the stop sign. The cop said he witnessed a “California stop,” a slowing, yes, but not a complete stop. My dad, God bless his soul, who was always a split-second away from losing his temper on a great day, was not pleased at all, and some rather colorful language followed.

Dad lost the debate. A ticket was written for, I think, thirty-five bucks, a princely sum for 1958.

The remainder of our Sunday drive was not pleasant.

My old man, the cop hater!
My old man, the cop hater! | Source

The Next Day

But the fun had just begun.

Dad took the next morning, Monday, off from work so he could go down to the Courthouse to pay the ticket, and for some totally irrational reason I will never understand, he wanted his son with him when he paid it.

Oh joy!

Into the Courthouse we marched, my dad a 5’8” fireplug of aggression and me, a 5’ bundle of fear.

Up to the reception desk Dad marched, and that reception desk was manned by a middle-aged woman who pleasantly asked what she could do for us.

Well my dad certainly did tell her, starting with what she could do with the traffic ticket, something about shoving it where the sun don’t shine, and while she’s at it, Dad said, she could shove that ticket up the arses of every other cop in the joint, and the woman was all “I’ll have you know my late husband was a cop” and Dad was all “well then why didn’t he make an honest living like the rest of us,” and before I could find a hiding place there were six cops joining us at that desk and dad cussing at them all.

Life was never boring when I was with Dad.

I don’t think my old man ever got over that ticket. For the remainder of his life he had a natural distrust and dislike for the police, despite the fact that he was, in fact, in the wrong in that traffic ticket incident. The cops were out to screw the little guy and that’s all there was to it.

Into City Hall we went
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Fast Forward to Last Week

There were two stories on the news which caught my attention.

A black man was killed in some eastern city, shot by a white cop, and an investigation was under way to see if racism was involved, with the NCAAP leading the way, and protestors coming out of the woodwork, denouncing racist cops and the undercurrent of racism across America, especially among police officers.

And then there was a story about a cop gunned down while investigating a home-invasion call, the suspect opening fire as he was fleeing the scene, the cop dead, leaving his widow to care for their three young children.

Two stories, separated by three-thousand miles, about the police.

REALITY

There are approximately 900,000 police officers in the United States in 2018, which computes to about 17 for every 10,000 citizens . . . or one officer for every 388 citizens.

Before I begin my rant, a rant which has been building for quite some time, let me give you just a smidge of personal background.

I did not like the police during the late 60’s. I was marching in the protests for a solid three years, and more than once I called cops “pigs” and felt very justified in doing so.

And I’m a Liberal, and everyone knows that Liberals are just whining bastards who rail against the Establishment, believe a Police State is only one Homeland Security decision away, and are always front and center screaming racism and police brutality whenever the opportunity is presented us.

So it is the result of great soul-searching that I scream, at the top of my lungs, ENOUGH IS ENOUGH!

Stop with the media circus over police brutality and police racism.

It’s all just so much bullshit!

Let’s just use simple math for a moment to make a point.

If there was one racist shooting per week, one unjustified, racially-motivated shooting of a black man by a white cop each week, that would total 52 racist cops in one calendar year.

Fifty-two out of 900,000 does not indicate nationwide racism among cops.

Meanwhile, Officer McCartney is being buried this week, dead as dead can be because he was upholding his sworn duty to serve and protect.

An Interesting Sidebar

When Officer McCartney’s body was removed from the crime scene, a procession followed the Med van carrying his body back to the Morgue. After his body was released from the Morgue, his fellow officers carried his casket to the funeral home, and fellow officers stayed with that casket throughout the ensuing days and nights so that McCartney would not be alone in his death. Meanwhile, citizens set up a vigil outside the funeral home. Tabernacles of flowers and thank you notes appeared on street corners, all manned by citizens of McCartney’s jurisdiction.

In one of the most Liberal states in the nation, my state, the State of Washington.

What’s My Point?

Stop with the divisive labeling.

Not all cops are racists. Are there racist cops? Of course there are, and that needs to be addressed, but to jump to the conclusion and labeling that all cops are racist is ridiculous.

Not all Liberals are cop-haters.

Not all Republicans are evil.

Not all blacks are innocent.

Not all . . . not all . . . not all!

I’ll tell you two truths as I know them:

I am damned glad there are police officers, and

All-inclusive statements about any sub-section of society are harmful to us all.

Our all-inclusive family
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I’m Just Too Damned Tired of It All

I was watching a documentary the other night about the year 1968.

On April 4th of that year, Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated. I remember it as if it were yesterday.

That same day, Robert F. Kennedy was scheduled to give a campaign speech in Indianapolis. While flying to Indianapolis, Kennedy learned that King had been shot. As he deplaned he learned that King had died. By the time he climbed up into the bed of a pickup truck to give his speech, the crowd had swelled to several thousand people, many of whom were black, many of whom were armed, and many of whom were angry and ready for violence.

Kennedy gave the greatest speech of his career, a totally impromptu speech, on the fly, one white man speaking from his heart. He spoke about hate. He spoke about loss. And he spoke about the only chance any of us really have of coming together as a nation, and that one chance is love.

As he was concluding, he issued these remarks:

"What we need in the United States is not division; what we need in the United States is not hatred; what we need in the United States is not violence or lawlessness, but love and wisdom, and compassion toward one another, and a feeling of justice towards those who still suffer within our country, whether they be white or whether they be black.”

And that is my simple message, and the reason for this reflection about racism and the police.

All things are possible through love!

May the gods have mercy on our souls if we do not learn this lesson soon.

2018 William D. Holland (aka billybuc)

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    • billybuc profile imageAUTHOR

      Bill Holland 

      3 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks so much, PS! I hope your weekend is filled with love of family and some good news for a change. Thank you for the angels.

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      Patricia Scott 

      3 months ago from sunny Florida

      Amen...lumping everyone into one category just does not get it in my little pea brain way of thinking. I am sooooo thankful for the men and women who don uniforms on a daily basis and put their lives on the line so that we may be safe. There is always going to be someONE who ruins it for the group...how sad that is...you have made your point so well as usual. Angels once again bringing blessings and hugs to you

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      Bill Holland 

      4 months ago from Olympia, WA

      RTAlloni, thank you for your comment. You summed it all up pretty well. There will always be bad elements in every profession...why some people insist in "absolute" statements is beyond me.

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      RTalloni 

      4 months ago from the short journey

      Today I caught a blip of a report on a black woman bashing the police. She may be famous, I don't know, and I didn't catch the beginning or watch the ending. However, she was ranting about "the police" killing someone.

      The way she handled it, as if all police were involved, caused me to think about how when a black man kills someone, no one says "the blacks" did it. No one would consider saying such an inane thing.

      It would be like saying nurses kill people because a few have murdered people, or all teachers take advantage of under-aged students because some have done so.

      A few factual details such as you've provided with the statistics can balance a biased report and tear down empty rhetoric pretty quickly, except in the minds of those determined to deny facts and use misrepresentations to help them run with their agenda.

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      Bill Holland 

      7 months ago from Olympia, WA

      True words, Lawrence. True words for sure, my friend. Thank you!

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      Lawrence Hebb 

      7 months ago from Hamilton, New Zealand

      Bill

      I think every nation needs that message! An ex cop over here told me a few weeks ago that even here in NZ the average cop only does the job for seven years, after that the stress gets to them, and very few go on for longer.

      They need our support as much as we need their protection.

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      Bill Holland 

      8 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Exactly, Mary! You understand how it all works. The first job is inside us...then we can work with those around us.

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      Mary Norton 

      8 months ago from Ontario, Canada

      Well said Bill. I like your total commitment to love and fully support it. But this support is only because of the change in me. Only when I learned to appreciate and love myself that I learned to understand others and see them not as the other but us.

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      Bill Holland 

      8 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Genna! I really have no complaints about cops. I sure wouldn't want to be one, and I'm sure glad they are walking the streets instead of me. And yes, my goodness, Dad was colorful.

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      Genna East 

      8 months ago from Massachusetts, USA

      Hi Bill...

      Your Dad was a colorful guy. I suspect there was never a dull moment, and I mean that in the most positive way, my friend. :-)

      I've never had a bad occurrence with the cops. As a matter of fact they have come to my aid more than once. I would not want to walk in their shoes, given the risks many of them face on a regular basis. But regardless of my own experiences, I have to agree with you over the divisive labeling, which I believe is the product of a lack of character.

      There is racism in this country, but the incessant labeling and hatred only builds those and other divisive walls -- the "us versus them" -- even higher.

      "All things are possible through love!" Absolutely.

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      Bill Holland 

      8 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Nithya! My dad missed that lesson about both sides of the coin. LOL

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      Nithya Venkat 

      8 months ago from Dubai

      Sunday drives are amazing and so full of fun without the cops factor. There is always two sides to a coin and we have to look at both sides before we decide who is right and who is wrong. A great article thought provoking and heartfelt.

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      Bill Holland 

      8 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Well-stated, Natalie! I doubt I will ever know prejudice personally, and for that I am grateful. But I can be empathetic to it, and learn from the stereotyping of others and by others.

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      Natalie Frank 

      8 months ago from Chicago, IL

      Thank you for writing this- I will scream with you. It makes me crazy when someone says, "All [insert any population] are . . . " or "Well, you that [insert any population] never. . ." My response usually is to ask if they every single member of said population personally. I usually get annoyed flares and I can see they get the point but still feel justified in their comments. What upsets me even more is members of a group who commonly experience stereotyping or racism do this. This despite knowing what it feels like and despite knowing that when it is done to them it is inaccurate and wrong. Being Jewish I am no stranger to stereotyping or prejudice. Hearing Jews say things like "All Arabs are evil," makes me crazy. The truth is that every group has good people and bad, smart and not so smart, empathic and self centered, honest and dishonest, kind and cruel and all other characteristics that can be found in human-kind. No one group has a lock on any good or bad trait. I'm so glad you wrote this article.

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      Bill Holland 

      8 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you very much, Alyssa! You are appreciated.

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      Alyssa 

      8 months ago from Ohio

      This is interesting and heartfelt. I love your message and I completely agree!

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      Bill Holland 

      8 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Shyron! I think we are all complicated beings, and I really dislike the use of absolutes in describing a class of people.

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      Shyron E Shenko 

      8 months ago from Texas

      A very emotional hub and interesting, I have met a few cops that were not nice and many that were. I grew up in the 60s and 70s, so I know what you are saying here.

      Great hub.

      Blessings and hugs.

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      Bill Holland 

      8 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Let's hope, Jo! It's been a long road, my friend, and I don't see the finish line. Thank you for your thoughts.

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      Bill Holland 

      8 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Ann! I need to do more reflective pieces and get rid of any angst which may be buried within. :)

      bill

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      Jo Miller 

      8 months ago from Tennessee

      I'm a liberal and I worked for many years in the criminal justice system, working closely with police officers. I know them as good and decent people trying to protect society. But I also know them as bullies and racists.

      I'm amazed at the similarities between 1968 and 2018--fifty years later. Let's hope we as a country have learned something.

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      Ann Carr 

      8 months ago from SW England

      Brilliant! The message must always be love.

      Love your story telling and this is a great mix of lateral thinking and pertinent philosophy.

      Ann

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      Bill Holland 

      8 months ago from Olympia, WA

      It is an anomaly and strange for sure, Bill! Thanks for your thoughts.

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      William Kovacic 

      8 months ago from Pleasant Gap, PA

      Well said, as always, but I do I wonder, Bill, why we never hear of a black police officer shooting an innocent white person. Strange, don't you think?

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      Bill Holland 

      8 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Kari! It was an interesting article for me to write considering my background.

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      Kari Poulsen 

      9 months ago from Ohio

      The video was very interesting. Unconscious bias is an idea I study also. I loved her examples of flip it to test it. I agree, "All things are possible through love!"

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      Bill Holland 

      9 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Michael my friend, your comment here is very wise. I love your response to the cop about not needing to see him again. Brilliant response! Brilliant!

      Peace be with you!

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      Bill Holland 

      9 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Linda! Maybe Sunday drives were quite common back in the day, although you are much younger than I am. :)

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      Michael-Milec 

      9 months ago

      You taught me here a lot my friend.

      Oh my, oh my. The police are needed because of unruly and evil people.They are only a human, and at the moment of their frailty, they would commit unforgivable mistake, and because of their badge , mostly they are "right". Once I was given a greedy ticket suggested to go to the court and fight back. My respond was, "Sir, you know you are wrong, and I don’t need to see you again.( I paid.) Forgiveness is an art not easily achieved.

      My reasonable conclusion in this out of proportion blown out "racism": All racists are walking blind and all waking blind are murderers. Spiritually blind, they aren't capable seeing - spiritually - intellectualy -"perceiving" that all humanity is of one blood, then they'll go out there murdering ...

      Peace with us. Goodnight .

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      Linda Crampton 

      9 months ago from British Columbia, Canada

      My family went for a Sunday drive when I was a child, too. Thank you for a thought-provoking article, Bill. I love the quote from Robert Kennedy. It's something that we all need to think about.

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      Bill Holland 

      9 months ago from Olympia, WA

      I do the same thing...and the same thing to fire department personnel....I can say with all honesty there is no way I would do their jobs, but I'm glad someone is.

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      Bill Holland 

      9 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Great point, Meg, and I thank you for it. Statistics are helpful indicators; the story lies far beneath the numbers.

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      Bill Holland 

      9 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Linda! I understand completely what Clive is saying, and I agree....but I do not agree that every cop is racist and I never will.

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      Bill Holland 

      9 months ago from Olympia, WA

      There ain't no doubt about it, Clive. My only complaint is when people say that all cops are racists or all courts or all anyone...that's simply not true.

      Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 

      9 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Lil Sis! I'm guilty of doing that exact thing too, my friend, and I'm constantly working on saying those phrases.

      The work is never done, Lil Sis! Growth takes work, doesn't it?

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      Bill Holland 

      9 months ago from Olympia, WA

      I'm proud to stand shoulder to shoulder with you, Bill! Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 

      9 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Bravo, Larry! I'm in total agreement and I thank you for that.

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      FlourishAnyway 

      9 months ago from USA

      I’ve started showing love towards the police when I see them by waving and smiling. It may be an odd thing but few people do it. They are people too just doing a job—a dangerous one.

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      RoadMonkey 

      9 months ago

      We need a police force because of the size and shape of our communities. Even tiny communities need some kind of way of ensuring that everyone behaves in a manner that benefits the community. Not everyone who decides to become a police officer is suited to the job but many of them are unsung heroes. One point I would add to your maths above. It comes from statistics on accidents. Basically, (I am simplifying here) for every accidental death, there are 30 serious injuries and 300 minor injuries. If I extrapolate to racism and that is a big jump, then there is a pyramid of racial incidents below each death. It requires work by all of us on the lines of Bobby Kennedy and Martin Luther King to dream and love and that requires self examination of our own prejudices.

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      Linda Lum 

      9 months ago from Washington State, USA

      May I speak to Clive for a moment? Facebook, Instagram, and every-cell-phone-is-a-camera have altered the landscape.

      When our perception of fact is based on video snippets that can be edited or altered, or only provide a part of the story (what happened before or after), are we given a fair analysis of what really transpired?

      Bad things happen to good people every day. Sometimes it's black against white. Or white against black. Or white versus white or black versus black.

      The point is that social media is not fair and unbiased. If we solely rely on phone cameras to provide the 'truth' we are only getting one (edited) side of the story.

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      Clive Williams 

      9 months ago from Jamaica

      I don't know what to say....racism cuts deep than police force. Its the point that when they kill black people so often there is little to no consequences for their actions. They are hyper powered and feel they are above the law. This goes for police officers of most nations. apart from those 53 billy, there are hidden racism also within the force, and even within the courts.

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      Bill Holland 

      9 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Awww, Sis, you ain't going to use that stale excuse again, are you? Mom & Dad only had eyes for you. You know they spent more on your Christmas presents than on mine. I even totaled the cost up one year and you came out ahead by $50, so there!

      Hugs always

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      Bill Holland 

      9 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Pop! Calm down...great advice....and I am in total agreement with you. Now is a time for reason and a willingness to listen and not shout.

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      Bill Holland 

      9 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Wonderful comment,Martie! Thank you for your thoughtful words. We live with hope, my friend.

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      Cynthia Calhoun 

      9 months ago from Western NC

      Words from a wise Big Bro. :) I agree. If we could just stop for a minute and understand that phrases like , "all ____ are this and all ____ are that" are divisive, we might find that we have more in common with each other than not.

      And I'm the first to admit that I'm guilty of using those phrases when it comes to folks on the other side of the political aisle than me. Though I don't engage in arguments, I do mutter these things to myself from time to time. Thank you for being a gentle teacher and calling us (me) out. I really try not to stoke division and I'm going to try even harder NOT to group all republicans (hehe) in the same basket. Ima try. Ima try. ;)

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      Bill Holland 

      9 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Spread it we shall, MizB! Spread it we shall.

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      Bill Holland 

      9 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Oh Sally, he was interesting for sure. LOL He was a complicated man but then so are we all.

      As always, it's good to hear from you.

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      Bill Holland 

      9 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Dora! I'm beginning to wonder if we will ever see the day when racism does not exist. The cynic in me says no, we won't.

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      Bill Holland 

      9 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Marlene! I was hoping you would weigh in on this issue. I get it, the Black Lives Matter movement, and the racist cops we see on television after a shooting. I'm not blind. I know there is racism. And this may be more a media problem than anything else. Yellow journalism sells papers and advertising, and that is a sad truth.

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      William Leverne Smith 

      9 months ago from Hollister, MO

      "All things are possible through love!"

      Thanks for the reminder, Bill! I will join you in that rant! ;-)

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      Larry Rankin 

      9 months ago from Oklahoma

      Police force is very important.

      The idea of racist or sexually predatory police is so offensive, that it hits decent folks at the core.

      You're right. The problem simply can't be as bad as it is sensationalized to be. Yet one is too many.

      The answer is that we should never stop fighting corruption in the police force, but we should make sure to celebrate the vast majority who put their lives on the line and make organized society possible.

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      Paula 

      9 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      Bill......Glad I wasn't in the car with you guys that day! I was probably left home to do the Saturday chores you brushed off!

      Mom & Dad always did like you best.

      Your rant is appreciated. I'm with you 100% I too bristle when I hear the comments that bunch ALL one particular group of people as being ALL this or ALL that.

      Simple common sense tells us this is an impossibility. Each individual human being is as different as can be from the next. We need to get REAL and be cautious with our rants, especially when we're "labeling."......Amen bro! Love ya, Sis

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      breakfastpop 

      9 months ago

      I have to say that a part of me, forgive me, loves the passion of your rant. You make perfect sense, billy, but until more people calm down and realize the sense of your words we will be in peril. I appreciate this side of you along with all the other sides.

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      Martie Coetser 

      9 months ago from South Africa

      I am totally and completely tired of racial issues. The anger, hate, and intolerance that ignite unpleasant incidents and violent protests make me sick. More than ever before I distance myself by practicing one of my favorite motto's: Eagles don't catch flies.

      I used to reject well-deserved punishment quite aggressively until I found myself on the receiving end, compelled to swallow insults from people who are angry at themselves, their circumstances, and the fact that they were caught violating a law or rule.

      There are good and bad people on every level of society. Sadly, the bad, although they are the minority, seem to be the most powerful mind-changers. Only one unpleasant situation, triggered by only one bad person, can change our perspective from positive to negative, and once negative, always negative.

      Take care, Billy!

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      Doris James-MizBejabbers 

      9 months ago from Beautiful South

      Bill, I'm so sorry to hear about your Washington police officer. Too bad your dad had what he perceived as a bad experience. My husband did the same thing about 10 or 15 years ago and he, too, got a ticket. He was P.O.'d, but I rubbed his nose in it because he is a former state trooper. There is enough love in most of us to go around, so let's spread it, my friend.

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      Sally Gulbrandsen 

      9 months ago from Norfolk

      Love them or hate them we can't do without the police. I think it is probably high time that we and they learned mutual respect for one another and the human race.

      Your Dad sure sounds like one interesting guy:)

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      Dora Weithers 

      9 months ago from The Caribbean

      Thanks for your conclusion on what we need, in and everywhere outside America: "love and wisdom, and compassion toward one another, and a feeling of justice towards those who still suffer within our country, whether they be white or whether they be black.”

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      Marlene Bertrand 

      9 months ago from USA

      The fact that your dad received a ticked for the "California stop" should be enough to show people that it didn't matter who the driver was (black or white), he was getting a ticket.

      I remember the day a black woman at my husband's job went to HR and accused my husband of being racist. Well, you know my husband is as white as white can be with his blonde hair and baby blue eyes. While HR was calling my husband in to address the accusation, one of his co-workers pointed out to the woman that my husband was married to a black woman and if she wanted to see a photo of his wife all she needed to do was look at the photo to the right of his desk. To the left is a photo of his blended family which included black and white children. Needless to say, the woman dropped her claim.

      So, yes police officers are people with hearts. Some are good and some are bad, and not all police officers are racists.

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      Bill Holland 

      9 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Too funny, Jackie! For some reason, the good people of Olympia can't seem to master the four-way stops...or traffic circles. What a mess those are!

      Thanks for weighing in!

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      Bill Holland 

      9 months ago from Olympia, WA

      I agree completely, Mary! Yellow journalism is alive and well. Of course there are racist cops, but it seems like they are the only ones the media ever reports on, and that is unfair and it does foster hatred. We need to find a way, as a society, to move towards the middle with arms outstretched.

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      Bill Holland 

      9 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks buddy! And you are correct...watching the British Parliament during one of their sessions is great entertainment.

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      Jackie Lynnley 

      9 months ago from The Beautiful South

      I so agree Bill and it is what I have always said. People are people, no matter their profession. Good and bad in all things.

      Oh and I do hate those 4 way stops!

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      Mary Wickison 

      9 months ago from Brazil

      I have family members who were in the police and some of the stories I hear shocked me.

      I think it all comes down to respect for your fellow human being and conducting yourself to be a good citizen of the community.

      I also think the media are wrong to start a frenzy. They aren't reporting, they are encouraging people to provoke the other side because it brings in more viewers.

      If you believe the press, the masses are either left or right. The truth, I feel, is most are still in the middle, it's only the fringes who are most vocal.

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      Eric Dierker 

      9 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Right on brother Bill.

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      Bill Holland 

      9 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Good pun, though, Peggy! thanks for weighing in....love may not be all we need, but a little more of it sure wouldn't hurt.

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      Bill Holland 

      9 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Peg! I'll tell you what: there is no way I would be a cop or a fireman, but I'm sure glad we have them. Can you imagine a society without the police? I don't even want to think about that scenario.

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      Peggy Woods 

      9 months ago from Houston, Texas

      I enjoyed reading your back story and your rant regarding labeling groups of people with one name. That is simply not fair. We do need the police just like we need firemen and others to protect us. Quite frankly I am surprised that people are still willing to take those jobs given the heat that they get...no pun intended...but I am grateful for their service to others.

      Love is definitely what we need and perhaps more of the Golden Rule put into practice.

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      Peg Cole 

      9 months ago from Dallas, Texas

      Truly a significant observation about today and the way people view things on a slant. My husband watches Live P.D. on Fridays and Saturdays (which means we watch it) and I am frankly appalled at the reactions of people who are stopped by the police who are belligerent and obnoxious at people doing their jobs. It is truly amazing to watch and a real eye opener about attitudes.

      I also agree that there are racist people among those hired in the police force as there those who are racist among ministers, doctors, lawyers and all other types of people. I'm also tired of every action being labeled as racist when it may just reflect bad manners, vulgarity or other non-racist flaws.

      You are so right that we better stop all the name calling, hatred, violence and remember that love makes the world go around. Love is all you need. Or that's what the Beatles thought and Jesus taught.

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      Bill Holland 

      9 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Oh Eric, I don't mind arguing. What I mind is the demonizing of another side because you disagree with them. We see it all the time today...that's what I mind and always will. People can disagree all they want..disagreement is good and healthy....but disagreement does not mean the other side is evil or anti-American or whatever.

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      Bill Holland 

      9 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Too funny, Shannon! It seems most of us have funny stories having to do with being pulled over...not funny at the time, but now, looking back, pretty amusing.

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      Eric Dierker 

      9 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Bill I may be all alone on this but I like the rancor as long as it is non-violent. If you have a chance try to catch some goings on in England's Parliament. They love to argue and everyone gets to join in.

      I was getting upset with the horrible state of the world over a decade ago. Something made me do the math. The crazies of the world compared to 7.4 billion is for sure less than even one percentage point. Their victims even less.

      I say let the arguments flow so that the pendulum is never stuck in the middle.

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      Shannon Henry 

      9 months ago from Texas

      There you go again reading my mind. Obviously, I don't share the historical memories of those decades, but I do share the sentiment.

      You started off with an antidote that did make me smile, though. I could picture the scene in my mind. Reminded me of a few cup stories of my own. Only, it wasn't for dislike of them. Just the sheer stupidity of their line of questioning. Like asking me if I was following my dad one time when he got pulled over for speeding so I pulled over too. We were both in Missouri with Illinois tags headed to Texas. Islamist told the cop, "No, Sir, I just thought that while you're at it, you might want to give me a ticket, too. " Good thing I kept my mouth shut and just answered his questions because it turns out that although my dad was speeding, they pulled over the wrong car

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      Bill Holland 

      9 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Linda, I have no answers, and like you I'm beginning to wonder, or doubt, if I will ever see our species evolve. It just doesn't seem to be in the cards, my friend. So I'll concentrate on family, and neighborhood, and community. Those things I can affect positively.

      Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 

      9 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks Mike! My dad was a piece of work for sure. I'm grateful I'm a bit more mellow than he was.

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      Linda Lum 

      9 months ago from Washington State, USA

      Bill, the celebration of life for Officer McCartney will be held today at PLU. I cannot be there, but I will be listening. Several people in law enforcement are good friends, and I one of my dearest friend's son worked with Daniel.

      My heart is broken; he was an amazing son, husband, father, human being. And the person who took his life from us is at the opposite end of the spectrum.

      Fifty years since the deaths of Martin and Bobby, and where are we as a Nation, as people? I fear that nothing has changed and I wonder if I should believe that it ever will. Perhaps if more people stepped back and truly thought about what they are saying and doing. If they took the time to love, just a little. If they read what you have shared here today.

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      mckbirdbks 

      9 months ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

      Hello Bill, I agree with much of what you said. Your Dad must have been something. Now, about those rep.... or never mind.

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      Bill Holland 

      9 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Great points made, Heidi. Thanks for adding that mini-history lesson. I doubt I'll be alive to see us evolve that far as a species, but we can always hope, right?

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      Bill Holland 

      9 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Janine! At times I'm amused by it all...when trouble comes people do not hesitate to call the cops, but man alive, it seems to be very easy to condemn the entire lot of them when a bad cop is found.

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      Heidi Thorne 

      9 months ago from Chicago Area

      Damn lizard brain! It's evolutionary why people are prone to this. In our early human days, we needed to quickly assess and respond to a threat. So labeling of anything--animals, other people, weather, etc.--kept us alive. Sadly, as we evolved, the primal need to instantly react to what we perceive (emphasis on "perceive") as a threat, continues to cause us to use our reptilian brain. Maybe in a few thousand millennia, we'll have evolved into better animals. Thanks for being an open mind!

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      Janine Huldie 

      9 months ago from New York, New York

      Aw, Bill what can I say, but thank you for this great reminder here today. I will say like you I was and still more liberal minded thinking. That said, I see your point on both sides here. So, I truly value and appreciate that more than you know. That said wish others would and could see it from both sides now, as well especially now more than ever. Again thanks Bill and hoping you are having a wonderful Wednesday now so far.

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      Bill Holland 

      9 months ago from Olympia, WA

      I feel much better now, Frank! Thanks for taking the time to read and share.

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      Frank Atanacio 

      9 months ago from Shelton

      well, what a back-story and rant.. I will tell you that some cops do believe it's them against us.. that should not be. Tickets now are issued through quotas.. they will say no.. but it's a fact.. some times the desk will say we need 5000 tickets issued so if it is a close call issue the ticket.. perhaps that's why alot of tickets get kicked back when they do go to court.. anyways.. thanks for the share.. I dare say lets get it off our chests..:)

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