Just like psychologists, cops can be an insightful bunch.
The former dissects people problems for about an hour in a usually comfortably appointed office for an agreed-upon fee paid by willing clients.
The latter spontaneously responds post-haste with nanoseconds to forge any semblance of rapport with a stranger/cliffhanger distraught enough to scale a bridge and throw themselves to the wind and urban engineering. Albeit gruff, that is also reality for police officers, confronting society’s woes in increments of 8- or 12-hour shifts for a career-worth of hardcore stories many eagerly lean in to hear.
Yet it helps us paint the most acute picture of society’s professionals who are often in the crosshairs and always caters truth to falsities perpetuated by propagandists employed by many media outlets in mainstream America, the latter bastardizing the rights to free speech and abusing freedom of the press from whom readers deserve objective reporting of only facts.
We are all well aware of reporting sources getting it entirely wrong and not giving a hoot about that fact, as long as clicks are chronicled and the “news” entity rakes in millions upon millions.
Since the adage “Go right to the source” holds water in most circles —excluding much of mainstream media tenderizing tales and throwing it and hoping it sticks— I prefer listening to law enforcement officers’ reports and perspectives on many matters nowadays. They’ll tell you the straight-up unaltered truth for public consumption.
Interestingly and gratefully, there is a growing number of police personalities populating truths and arguments countering the sludge brewed and spewed by propagandists and elected officials who make bread and butter out of pander.
One of many police officers whose objective, heartfelt, and reasoned prose I follow and agree with published a poignant piece during which he made a “citizen contact” with a male dressed as Santa Clause.
This city cop said, “He was on his scooter, so I pulled up next to him and got out.”
The response from good ole Santa? “Officer, what did I do wrong?”
The reply from a freedom-loving cop working in a metropolis city with areas of blight recently emphasized by a lady in red, congressional candidate Kim Klacik…was happily humanistic and altogether altruistic via a warrior in blue. Officer Parker replied, “Nothing buddy. I like what you’re doing and wanted to show some love, man! We aren’t all bad, brother.”
(That robust interaction is illustrated in our cover photo above, and not likely even on the radar of any of those hyperbolic media outlets wanting you to buy into the anti-police push.)
Very decent spontaneous exchange in the middle of urban America.
Even if we were to believe a majority of citizens were anti-cop in our free republic, that same free society affords the absolute minority of law enforcement officers in the United States (roughly 900,000) can nonetheless opine contrarily and exemplify the truth about our country’s cops.
For example, the remainder of Officer Parker’s story played out organically: “[I] snapped a selfie and I heard an applause in the background. Several people were looking, and I assume they thought I stopped him for riding the scooter. Instead, I just came to show some love and unity. In that, I changed a few more people’s preconceived idea of what police are!”
I sift through tons of good deeds performed by cops every single day, culling a few for inclusion in articles for publication by the National Police Association. If anyone is getting overuse of the “SMH” moniker, it is current and retired cops who darn well know far better than media types and their hypes regarding the reality of police work and the honesty, integrity, and humanity to which so-called journalists turn blind eyes while largely spinning fairytales.
In a most apropos conclusion, I defer to Officer Parker who punctuated one of his latest experiences as a beat cop among citizens, typifying the fabric of police officers: “Don’t believe the media! Believe us!”
Indeed, it is plain as day. And often enough, the proverb “A picture paints a thousand words” will do —no vowels or consonants necessary— as was the case on Sunday, December 13, when NYPD cops downed a gunman with terrorism playing on his mind. Yep, cops on the beat felled the devil on the steps of God’s house during a Christmas choir caroling for a large audience.
Mere days prior, a squad of NYPD cops assigned to the Highway Patrol division suited up, flew to a Long Island, NY airport in a jumbo jet loaded with Christmas-oriented care packages destined for American military troops stationed in Kuwait. Did I discover this via a news reporting agency? Nope. I went straight to the source, the NYPD website, and there it was…right behind the Cathedral shooting we just mentioned.
And these are the men and women who negative Nancies do not want around!
Judge for yourself. You know best between right and wrong —cops and mainstream media— the former often wearing blue, helping people through strife and mitigating our nation’s woes while the latter pedestals criminals and shifts blame on the police.
We report on real-life experiences from both sides of the coin: what actually happened versus what the “fake news” media wants you to digest without question.
As the Media Research Center wrote on December 15, 2020, “[T]he American public is waking up to the deceit and fraud being perpetrated on them by the press.”
I’ll stand with cops; at least I know they stand for me and are not reaping billions in advertising dollars while distorting facts and making a mockery of a perilous job performed by a minority whose depth of courage you’ll never find in a bias-based CNN studio with on-air personalities gussied up by makeup artists.
Here’s a parting word from Officer Parker to which we all can relate: “The police can do little to nothing if the system is flawed. We catch criminals. They release them. Don’t be fooled into thinking we are the problem.” Indeed.