Peaceful Protests: There’s A Time And Place

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Hemet Police Car

Today my youngest daughter and I had the pleasure to go watch our local Christmas parade. While watching the floats, motorcycles, dancers, various ROTC groups, and trucks go by we also saw a couple of people walk down the street at the edge of the parade with horrible, hand-made signs saying nasty things about the police. No, I didn’t take their picture (although I thought about it…after they walked by).

First of all, there is a time and place to peacefully protest, to put up signs, to rally with other like-minded people to stand up for something you don’t agree with. A Christmas Parade is NOT that time and place!

We all know that there has been a lot of media coverage lately about civilians being killed by police officers all over. I believe that there are likely some officers who use unnecessary force when dealing with suspects, as we have also heard about in the news, but I think that these instances are few and far between.

Protesters, and even the media, make this out to be about race. This is NOT about race! I’ve read news articles about White cops who have shot and killed White suspects and about Black cops who have shot and killed Black suspects.

When an officer is on the job they have to be acutely aware of what is going on around them; they have to do everything they can to ensure the safety of civilians around them; and they have to ensure their own safety. This is a job for them – to protect and serve – why should they have to die in the line of duty? Police Officers are constantly in dangerous situations and have to rely on their training and experience when dealing with dangerous suspects and situations.

I fully support and defend all law enforcement officers! They’re doing their job – protecting you and me from people who choose not to obey the law!

If you don’t want to get arrested, taken down in a chase, or seriously injured or even killed by an officer – then don’t do something that would give them a reason to do so! It’s pretty simple!

DO NOT:

  • Rob a person, home, or business
  • Break into a home or business
  • Assault (in any way) your spouse or child, or anyone for that matter
  • Sell or do drugs
  • Drink and drive
  • Run from an officer
  • Have a gun in your possession, unless properly registered and documented
  • Vandalize anyone’s property, including painting, destroying, or setting on fire

Need I go on? I think you get it. As long as you obey the laws, stop when an officer asks (or orders) you to, and as long as you work with the officer, then there’s a pretty good chance that you’ll be just fine.

But, back to my original point – if you want to protest in a peaceful manner, then do it when and where appropriate! By the way, destroying businesses, homes, and vehicles, beating people, setting fires, and blocking traffic are NOT considered a peaceful protest and is against the law!

By the way, what’s the point of protesting if you don’t have a proposed solution for the situation? Without a proposed solution then you’re only making matters worse!

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