Now, let’s get something straight from the outset. Police officers do not function on the basis of rights; they function within the boundaries of the law and the authority that they are given under those laws by virtue of being a law enforcement officer. The majority of them take that aspect of their job very seriously and work hard to adhere to it every day, no matter what the situation. Their job is to enforce the law, and in carrying that out, they must also deal with the danger that comes with the territory and any consequences if they cross the line. It has nothing to do with rights; it is all about the authority which we the people give them to do their jobs.
It seems to me that far too many young adults have never been taught about consequences. There is a rule of thumb which should govern all of us in terms of behavior—for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction. In life, that opposing action is consequences. What will be the consequences of your behavior if you persist in getting in the face of a police officer who has already told you multiple times to sit down or to leave the area? If you persist in escalating the situation, then there are going to be consequences. At that point, you are in defiance of the law, and you are voluntarily giving up some of your rights by your actions. Nowhere in the Bill of Rights are you conferred the right to get in the face of a law enforcement officer and interfere with his efforts to bring a situation under control. It is just that simple.
Obviously, concerned parents should teach their children to respect the law and not abuse or interfere with those who carry it out. But that does not seem to be the case anymore. Far too many parents have quit teaching respect but seem to have instead taught their children uncivil disobedience and to cry about their rights. It does not take much of that nonsense to create the mindset in a child that tells him that it is his right to act any way he wants and if anyone interferes with his behavior, then it is they who are wrong. Then one day the child goes out and gets in a police officer’s face one too many times and ends up on the ground in handcuffs crying for his mama to come and re-establish his rights. What a crock, and who is the victim in all of this? The child. The child is the victim because he will grow into a bitter adult who believes that someone is always out there trying to deprive him of his rights.
Today, criminal activity involving drugs has heavily infiltrated the black communities of America. I suspect that the reason is that the money looks easy to earn and it can buy lots of bling. As a result, young blacks are killing other young blacks right and left as they go to war over drugs and gang territory. This is a youth that is more inspired by some hip-hop artist throwing out F-Bombs and making derogatory rhymes about law enforcement than someone devoted to community development and leadership. This path only leads to one place, and that is violence and/or death. Today, law enforcement in our cities spends far too much time having to deal with this drug culture and it only seems to get worse. But when the police take action, there is always someone or group poised to claim that rights have been violated. Their rallying cry is Black Lives Matter, yet they want the police to ignore the very activities in which black on black killings happen on a daily basis. This is what really matters.
As we have seen in Baltimore, when you throw the police officers under the bus, as the Mayor and State Prosecutor so self-righteously did, there are consequences. Officers step back and examine their exposure. Suddenly the weight on their backs gives way and they allow those breaking the law to do so unimpeded. This unchecked lawlessness expands outward from its center like ripples on the surface of a pond and people began to feel unprotected and exposed. They wonder why law enforcement is no longer doing its job. Now, for the first time, their first thoughts are no longer about their rights.
Policing in the USA works and it works well in most cases, but it requires a balance of respect between the populace and those authorized to keep the peace. If we cut the legs out from under those who enforce the law every time there is an incident, we are going to see more and more incidents occurring with the cry that rights are being violated. Well, let me suggest this to you: Eventually the consequence of allowing this to go on will be that you are a prisoner in your own home wondering whether or not it is safe to go into the street. You will have more than enough time to ponder what the consequences of law enforcement ensuring your “rights” rather than restoring order were. Good luck with that one.
© Copyright WBrown2015. All Rights Reserved.