It's Become Acceptable To Attack Our Police Officers - And Response

Sunday, September 29, 2013

It seems many people do not know resisting arrest is a violation of our laws. When an officer arrests someone they will go to jail no matter if they run, resist or want to. They go to jail by any means necessary. 

The majority of citizens that are arrested go peaceably, make bond and go home. We will have those who know they are going to jail but still fight or resist while cursing the officers. No officer should have to put up with this conduct, but it seems to have become acceptable in some parts of our society. 

For many years we have been a society who followed the rule of law, but sadly society is changing. It's a society no longer under the rule of law but trying to decide issues "based on what I think" or Nancy Grace, MSNBC, HLN, Piers Morgan and others who think they are gifted to think and act for everyone else. 

Our system is not perfect, but the best in the world in spite of what small groups think. Why have a legal system? Why not let the mayor or chief or the NAACP or any small group or special interest group decide who is guilty or not? Think of the money we would save getting rid of the courts, judges, prosecutors, juries and how we would have the dockets cleared. We probably could do without police. 

When I served as a member of the Chattanooga Police Department in the 1960's there were a lot of times I repeated the following to a prisoner that wanted to cause trouble. I would tell them they had three choices: 1) They could go to jail peaceably, make bond and go home. 2) They could go to the emergency room, then go to jail and make bond and go home. 3) We could both go to the emergency room, then they would go to jail and maybe make bond and go home. I told them I preferred the first choice, but they got to choose. But they should know this - they were going to jail. I can assure everyone if I was arrested today I would still choose number one.

N.D. Kennedy Sr.


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Mr. Kennedy, it's never "acceptable" to attack a police officer. Just as well, it should be acceptable for truly "honorable" police officers to cross the line either and use unnecessary force against a citizen. It doesn't matter if that citizen is a criminal or an innocent member of the military walking after dark in the neighborhood he was born and raised. Or a young teen becoming a victim of stop/frisk just because a neighborhood mistook a good deed of caring for, feeding and supplying water to a fellow neighbor's dog while that neighbor worked second shift for some kind of drug activity taking place. "Planting drugs in the neighbor's doghouse." Yeah, right. Get real.  

Since you keep bringing up the fact you were a cop in the 1960s, I'll address that too. You see I can recall a different version of those times than you try to paint. Even in the '60s, primarily black communities were often terrorized by rogue abusive cops who didn't hesitate to use excessive force. It didn't matter if the individual jumped through all the hoops and met all the demands of the cop they encountered. Those too were times any real honorable cop couldn't possibly be proud of.  

Mr. Kennedy, you wouldn't happen to have been one of the cops who shot a young deaf mute male in the back, killing him in the 1960's, would you? An act that seems to have sucked the life out of a small, thriving, working class community on the southside back in the day. A community that boasted of having restaurants, stores and other businesses, both black and white, who got along well until. Something begin to die in the community after that happened.  It was like the final straw, in many straws, that brought the community down. Robbing it of its life, joy, determination and drive. 

Good policing inspire, uplift and improve any situation for the better. Bad, corrupt, brutal policing can kill, not only the spirit and drive of an individual, but can destroy entire communities, towns and cities. With your attitude, I can't imagine you being one of the good/honorable types, the "gatekeeper," standing between good and bad, and protecting the citizens. Anyone who can look at that tape and see something other than two cops crossing the line, along with those who stood around doing nothing, and coughing to seemingly drown out the blows being struck, lost their moral compass a long time ago.  

Brenda Manghane-Washington

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