Monday, August 3, 2015

Random cop musings

Practically every Law Enforcement agency I know has used the target on the right for weapons qualification. I appreciate those guys from ISIS making it easier for us, should they choose to come see us here in the states.

So what's going on ? Lessee. We have a young man running around robbing people and businesses. 16 years old. We put him in jail, charged as an adult for kidnapping, burglary, and armed robbery. Judge let him out on his own recognizance the next morning. He was seen later that day talking smack to police officers, saying we couldn't hold him. Over the next week he went on to steal two cars and rob a convenience store. Even in this day and age there are still places with "It can't happen here" mind sets.

I'm taking a MOOC, Massive Open Online Course, through I'm studying under a professor at Leiden University, located in The Hague, Netherlands. The one I'm taking is a study of terrorism and counter terrorism and is proving quite informative. The best part is, it's free unless I want a certificate at the end of the course. I'm thinking $50 is worth it to put on my resume that I took a course there. The site has hundreds of courses available from such small time schools as MIT, Oxford, etc.(sarcasm is just another friendly service we offer) You should look into it. The days when you could spend the rest of your life without continuing education are over.

It's summer, so the kids are out breaking into cars. You'd be amazed how many folks leave their car doors unlocked at their homes. Several firearms stolen so far. Seriously. Who leaves a gun in their car unlocked ? Answer: morons. Hope I don't have to recover one of those weapons off the body of some kid who thought he was a gang banger. Be more than happy to return it to the owner with a punch in the face. Mind you, I praise folks who purchase firearms and are responsible with them. On the low side they can at least protect their families til we get there. On the extreme side, the average body count for an active shooter situation stopped by Law Enforcement is 14.3. For those stopped by an armed citizen it's 2.3   Do the math folks. The criminals have taken away your right to NOT own a gun. All I ask is that you train with it and keep it responsibly. For those of you who think that one day the government will pass laws to take it away, be at peace. They'll have to tell folks in my business to do the taking and I'm sure all police agree, it's not going to happen.

One thing a few folks have asked me about is the present state of affairs concerning race in this country as it applies to my profession. I'll tell ya, it doesn't affect me at all really. I point to the Charleston shootings as an example. Perhaps it's just the area of the country here in the south, but there seems to be some logic here that is missing elsewhere. Folks around here, of all races, understand that most of the people being killed by officers would not have had that happen had they stayed inside the laws. And even though the p.o.s. that gunned those poor folks down  at the church did it to spark a race war, it didn't happen because his motives were directed toward a society he thought was predominantly racist. The North Charleston officer who murdered (yes, I saw the video, that's what it was) that fleeing suspect was immediately arrested (once the dumbass with the video finally came forward with it). That's how it's supposed to work.Newsflash, it's not the way these morons thought it was. If society were so polarized that some dumbass could shoot some people and start a race war, it would have started long ago, during the Jim Crow lynchings era. But it's not. If society was so misguided that they saw all police as killing that man, rather than an individual officer, that they felt justified in armed insurrection, rioting, looting, etc, it would have happened. But it didn't. Logic prevailed where elsewhere it didn't. Be an interesting psychological study.
     I see race. You can't be human and not. And many black people whom I encounter see me as a white cop, not just a cop. And it does give one preconceived notions. But I don't have to act or make decisions based on them. Most other people don't either. These turd didn't recognize that because their wiring was screwed up. People died for it. They'll get theirs. Society around here understands that. Wish other areas did too.