You can’t want to be a cop unless you want to be a target for the media, the racial-grievance industry, and the so-called “Justice Department.”
You could not pay me enough to put on a police uniform today.
As Nate Jackson writes at the Patriot Post about the recent scandal in McKinney, Texas, “Can’t We All Just Get Along.”
First, a quick rundown of the facts: Residents say a woman invited a group of teens to the neighborhood pool for a birthday party, but the homeowners’ association limits homeowners to two guests. When 130 unruly teens descended on the pool, hopping fences and engaging in fights, concerned residents called the police. Casebolt was among three officers (at least on film) who responded.
A few of the teens bolted from the officers, who gave chase. Several teens ended up in handcuffs, with others trying to explain themselves and still others jawing at the cops. Most of them largely ignored police instructions, though otherwise presented no perceivable threat.
But the real brouhaha centered on Casebolt’s treatment of one bikini-clad girl, whom he pulled from a group and wrestled to the ground while cursing at her. Several teens rushed forward, prompting Casebolt to briefly draw his sidearm and chase off two large boys. He then held the girl down by kneeling on her back while continuing to curse at numerous other teens.
Here’s a major takeaway:
For all of us citizens, follow (reasonable) instructions and don’t run from the police. Officers don’t take kindly to having to chase down even innocent bystanders — who they don’t know are innocent and must assume, based on the behavior of fleeing, may be guilty of a crime.
For officers, assume you’re always on camera and that your actions will be evaluated based on the footage. Casebolt surely knows the rationale for his actions beyond what we see, but it’s hard to come away from the video sympathizing with his severely agitated and bullying response.
If an officer is acting unjustly or “stupidly,” the time to address it is after the immediate situation is completely over. In the heat of the moment, everyone simply needs things to cool down. This is why we call them “Peace Officers”—their main job is to keep public peace.
Officers are in an impossible position wherein every decision will be scrutinized beyond reason, and split-second hesitation because of concerns about being the next contestant on “Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson’s Shakedown Roadshow” will get some of them killed.
For the many honorable men and women in uniform, I pray for you. Also, when one of your fellow officers truly does go over the line… forget the “thin blue line” and do what is right. There are clearly some people in uniform who should not be.