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Old 08-29-2015, 12:59 PM   #1
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To All Law Enforcement Police

Dear officer,

I want you to know that I see you. I see you choose the booth in the back of the restaurant that allows you to have your back against the wall. I see you walking to your next traffic stop, hoping it isn't your last. I see you pulled over, two hours past your shift as you finish your reports under a street light. I see you as you direct traffic in the scorching heat, the gusting snow and the pouring down rain. I see you being filmed every time you try to do your job. I see you as you watch mainstream media crucify your character while minimizing your cause. I see that you are tired. I see that you are frustrated and misunderstood. I see that you are hurting as the world watches you bury your brothers and sisters because they were guilty if one thing; wearing a uniform with a badge. I see you. I see you are of flesh and bones just like me. I see that you are a human being who has heart that beats for your calling to serve and protect. I see your cause and I want you to know that I appreciate it.

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Wow! Thanks from a retired Officer. I wouldn't want to be looking at a new career with the conditions the new Officers are facing and the media on their backs.
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True that!!!!!
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That's very touching, but Grammarly.com found that it is plagiarized from another source.

I thought that I had read it on another message board, so I checked.
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I see what you see. I fear for all the good police and other law enforcement officers that are truly great people, but they are looked at in a critical way due the actions of a few that abuse the office of authority that has been granted to them.

I also see when a few bad apples abuse their "power" to do harm on those that they should be defending. I see those that are ex-military that look at community enforcement in the same way that they look at military engagement. I also see those that are using their position of authority to uphold the old methods used in the south to keep those that are considered "undesirable" in their place.

As with most things, there are always two sides that need to be recognized. It is when we close our eyes to either side of these issues that we are truly blind.
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I see what you see. I fear for all the good police and other law enforcement officers that are truly great people, but they are looked at in a critical way due the actions of a few that abuse the office of authority that has been granted to them.

I also see when a few bad apples abuse their "power" to do harm on those that they should be defending. I see those that are ex-military that look at community enforcement in the same way that they look at military engagement. I also see those that are using their position of authority to uphold the old methods used in the south to keep those that are considered "undesirable" in their place.

As with most things, there are always two sides that need to be recognized. It is when we close our eyes to either side of these issues that we are truly blind.
That I agree with!

Recently, in the Los Angeles/Long Beach/Orage County/ area when you see police, you see men dressed in para-military black, with bullet-proof jackets, black boots, and an automatic AR15 strapped across the chest, military style.

That does nothing for public relations, or to garner respect. Is it a show of force.

I come from family of LEOs. And, the retired ones in my family admit that what is going on today with police becoming militarized, is only going to escalate.

As American Citizens it's more important now than ever to realize that our constitutional rights and civil liberties are at stake. Keep an open eye.
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Spent many, many years playing martial arts in So Cal. Trained with many law enforcement types. My impression was that every one I ever met were great guys who had entered the profession for the most noble of reasons, but as they seasoned, the realities of the 'justice system', the underbelly of society that they commonly dealt with, and the general public's acceptance of the biased median portrayal of them, took its toll. Personally, I feel that what they go thru reflects the overwhelming attitude I see throughout the public. The rules are for everybody but me. Those entrusted with enforcing the law in an atmosphere where it's everyone else's fault but the perpetrator's have far more patience than I ever would have been capable of.
'Course I always felt Dirty Harry Callahan was a softy.
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Spent many, many years playing martial arts in So Cal. Trained with many law enforcement types. My impression was that every one I ever met were great guys who had entered the profession for the most noble of reasons, but as they seasoned, the realities of the 'justice system', the underbelly of society that they commonly dealt with, and the general public's acceptance of the biased median portrayal of them, took its toll. Personally, I feel that what they go thru reflects the overwhelming attitude I see throughout the public. The rules are for everybody but me. Those entrusted with enforcing the law in an atmosphere where it's everyone else's fault but the perpetrator's have far more patience than I ever would have been capable of.
'Course I always felt Dirty Harry Callahan was a softy.
I agree. I think the militarized looks and actions are in response to some people in society thinking that cops lives DO NOT matter. Sheriff deputy in Houston just today "executed". Wouldn't you wear those things for your own safety today? If you don't want to get5 shot by police, just pull over and do what they say,. SIMPLE!
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SonnyB thanks for posting. It matters not where the thought comes from but the heart. After 37 years of being an LEO it's nice to read something like that. <K9piper>
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That's very touching, but Grammarly.com found that it is plagiarized from another source.

I thought that I had read it on another message board, so I checked.
His post includes a reference to the author, Elizabeth Shiftwell.

And the news today in Houston... http://www.click2houston.com/news/hc...eputy/34983706
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His post includes a reference to the author, Elizabeth Shiftwell.

And the news today in Houston... HCSO: Suspect arrested, charged in shooting death of sheriff's deputy | News - Home
It does now. It didn't originally.
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My son is a Deputy Sherrif in FL and my son-in-law a policeman in White Plains NY. I worry for them, their spouses and children (my grandchildren) everyday! They don't put their names on their mailbox for fear someone may figure out their home and do harm to the or their loved ones. They travel to and from work in civilian clothes and change in the locker rooms for the same reason. As for AR15's or other weapons, they only carry what they have been trained with, but they both fear the unknown of what a criminal will have when they respond to a call. Cops need weapons that are a match or better than the criminals, they need clothing that is functional and they need body armor as well. No one who puts his or her life on the line to serve and protect should have to fear being shot in the head while pumping gas!
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That I agree with!

Recently, in the Los Angeles/Long Beach/Orage County/ area when you see police, you see men dressed in para-military black, with bullet-proof jackets, black boots, and an automatic AR15 strapped across the chest, military style.

That does nothing for public relations, or to garner respect. Is it a show of force.

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As American Citizens it's more important now than ever to realize that our constitutional rights and civil liberties are at stake. Keep an open eye.

This is very true. It also reflects in the attitude of some officers.
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