Two New York state lawmakers filed a bill this week that would make disrespecting police officers a felony. It was submitted in response to at least four recent incidents in which officers were doused with water while on duty.
“We will not wait until these attacks spread like wildfire,” Assemblyman Mike LiPetri, a Republican from Long Island, told CBS News New York. “This time, it’s water. What’s next? Gasoline? Acid?”
Law enforcement officers are the most necessary yet underappreciated public servants at our disposal. The “Thin Blue Line” is often the only thing separating civilization from barbarism, order from chaos.
Those very people who thought nothing of dousing police with buckets of water yesterday would be the first ones running to the cops if they felt their own lives were in danger tomorrow.
But the water attacks are the least of it. In 2018, 47 police officers were shot and killed in the line of duty — nearly four for each and every month. Many of the shootings were straight-out ambushes.
As a result we see nearly the same headline — but from a different city — every day:
So how did America get to this place?
The officer-involved killing of black teen Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, prompted the birth of the Black Lives Matter movement, and began the myth that Brown begged for his life with hands raised.
“Hands up, don’t shoot” quickly became a false media-driven narrative.
Both a St. Louis County grand jury and a team of federal investigators absolved Officer Darren Wilson of any wrongdoing. Nevertheless, Black Liver Matter activists sparked the rise in hatred toward those who wear a uniform and badge to go into harm’s way.
Black Lives Matter protesters in New York City called for “Dead cops now!” Minnesota activists chanted “Pigs in a blanket; fry ‘em like bacon.”
And it didn’t take long for the misplaced hatred to escalate into violence.
- Two NYPD officers in Brooklyn were “assassinated” while sitting in their patrol car. The gunman crept behind the officers and fired at point blank range. He later bragged on social media about performing a “revenge” killing.
- A gunman shot and killed a Harris County, Texas sheriff’s deputy "execution-style" while the deputy was pumping gas into his patrol vehicle. When Deputy Darren H. Goforth fell dead to the ground, the gunman emptied his weapon into the officer.
- From a rooftop vantage point, a sniper rained fire upon Dallas police officers who were working at a demonstration, killing five in the process. Ironically, the officers were on the scene to protect the lives of Black Lives Matter protesters.
"The tragic deaths ... (are) a stark reminder of the dangers our law enforcement professionals face each and every day while protecting and serving our communities," said the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial fund’s Craig Floyd, according to CNN. "Too often, their service and sacrifice are taken for granted."
One of the most moving commentaries by legendary radio host Paul Harvey was his tribute to law enforcement titled “Policeman.”
Harvey observed that contrary to the rantings of Black Lives Matter activists, “less than one-half of one percent of policemen misfit that uniform,” adding, “that is a better average than you’d find among clergymen.”
He then described the impossible task society places on police officers.
“He must be such a diplomat that he can settle differences between individuals so that each will believe he won,” adding, “if a policeman is neat he’s conceited, if he’s careless he’s a bum, if he’s pleasant he’s a flirt, if he’s not he’s a grouch.”
Harvey concluded, “the policeman must be a minister, a social worker, a diplomat, a tough guy, and a gentleman. And of course, he’ll have to be a genius because he’ll have to feed a family on a policeman’s salary.”
Harvey often reported little-known facts during his popular weekday radio program, while holding back a key element to the story until the very end, concluding with "And now you know the rest of the story."
He may have been inspired to write and deliver “Policeman” by Tulsa, Oklahoma, hometown hero and police officer Harry H. Aurandt.
When Harvey was a toddler, Aurandt and a fellow officer were gunned down by four hijackers. Despite his fatal injuries, Aurandt managed to drive himself and his partner to a farmhouse before he died, an act that saved his partner’s life.
Aurandt was Paul Harvey’s father.
"And now you know the rest of the story.”
Michael Dorstewitz is a retired lawyer and has been a frequent contributor to BizPac Review and Liberty Unyielding. He’s also a former U.S. Merchant Marine officer and an enthusiastic Second Amendment supporter, who can often be found honing his skills at the range. To read more of his reports — Click Here Now.
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