Pride, Integrity and Guts

To hear Thom Hartmann (and others) tell it, we live in a police state. I must have missed the memo that says liberals and progressives are supposed to hate the police. I was raised to like and respect the police.

I despise bad cops, but I don’t hate cops in general. And I’ve had more than my share of bad experiences with the police. They once even kicked in my front door and hauled me off to jail (I was innocent and the case was dismissed).

I was watching the livestream reports the other night when the NYPD cleansed Zuccotti. People were standing right next to the police as they recorded events. Contrary to popular belief the police do not have to give the press free access to everything.

With a few notable exceptions the police in New York City, Oakland, Denver and other cities around the country have acted with professionalism and restrain in dealing with Occupiers. The police did not just rush in swinging billy clubs at peaceful demonstrators. The people that got arrested chose that option.

Here is one of the reasons I respect the police and the job they do:

Vallejo cop killed by suspected bank robber

A Vallejo police officer was shot and killed Thursday during a foot chase after a bank robbery suspect lost control of his car and ran into a backyard, authorities said.

The officer, James Capoot, a respected 19-year veteran of the Vallejo Police Department and the married father of three daughters, was driving alone in his cruiser just after 1:30 p.m. when he came across a fleeing silver SUV wanted in a robbery that had just occurred at the Bank of America at Springstowne Center on Springs Road.
Vehicle chase

Capoot chased the sport utility vehicle for 3 to 4 miles before using his cruiser to do a “pit maneuver” that forced the SUV to spin out of control on the 100 block of Janice Street, said Vallejo police Sgt. Jeff Bassett.

At least one suspect fled on foot, and Capoot got out of his car and ran after him as two other police officers were pulling up in their cars, Bassett said. Those two officers heard several gunshots and found Capoot wounded in a backyard, Bassett said.

Capoot, 45, of Vacaville was pronounced dead about an hour later at Kaiser Permanente Medical Center in Vallejo, where colleagues gathered after the shooting.

“The officer did not discharge his weapon,” Bassett said.

Think about that the next time you see a protester screaming “Fuck the police.”

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24 Responses to Pride, Integrity and Guts

  1. It doesn’t help that there is video evidence of OWS people feigning injuries like cowering in pain after not being hit, or sneaking their leg under a motorscooter, etc. And I’m waiting to see real evidence about the ex-marine and his injury. At this point OWS has little or no credibility with this issue.

    Crying wolf while you have the wolf on a leash and your pulling it on top of yourself looks a bit ridiculous.

    • votermom says:

      OWS is living up to Beck & Limbaugh’s worst stereotypes of the left.

      Similar to how Obama has totally destroyed the Dem brand, the OWS seems intent on destroying the Left’s brand.


    • myiq2xu says:

      That bullet hole in his forehead sure healed up fast.

      • Mary says:

        Post-event police reports show that he was actually hit by something the protestors threw, and not by the cops.

        I think it’s why he has stayed so quiet afterwards.

    • Anthony says:

      The cyclist in the background between 1:29 and 1:36 sums up OWS perfectly: pedaling (or ‘peddling’, for a Freudian twist) his ass off and getting nowhere

  2. HELENK says:

    The videos from yesterday show the police using more restraint then most people would in the same situation.
    Having people shout in your face, try to provoke and just being assholes can not be a pleasant experience.

    Most policemen do not see people when they are acting their best. You call a cop to stop a crime, to catch a crook, when there is a disturbance.
    How many times do you thank a cop, invite a cop to celebrate with you for the good things that happen.

  3. Pips says:

    While I don’t begrudge the OWSers their feeling of community, their rejoicing in “being in this together” (whatever their perception of “this” might be), nor their joy in, when crossing the Brooklyn Bridge (I love that too, just not with hundreds of others!), seeing the “bat signal” projected unto the Verizon Building (though I still don’t have the faintest what their movement is really about), I do find it both sad and disturbing, when educated adults try to make the presence of police into not only the worst (the only bad?) part of the protests but also into something unwanted, inappropriate and nefarious.

    What? Do they want to do away with the police all together? Or do they want the police to be some sort of “on demand” force? To be called on only when they decide their presence is needed?

  4. Lola-at-Large says:

    They should talk to the women of Tahrir Square, who were subjected to virginity tests, aka legal rape, for their troubles.

    The women of “our” Tahrir Square get virginity tests from fellow protesters. So far, that kind of rape has not been declared legal, just acceptable.

    It’s the little things like that that really show this movement for what it is. I’ve been waiting for years for a movement about what these folks say they are about, but their treatment of women, their overwhelming composition of young men and young university-educated elitists, and their dismissal of lower-class people all raise red flags for me.

    They can’t find jobs out of Columbia, for fucks sake? Well, at least 75% of wankers from their class GET to GO to college. Only 10% of my class does. If they really cared about the 99%, they’d be protesting the stupid American education system, which protects their privilege and locks out lower class interlopers.

  5. HELENK says:

    what is wrong with this picture??????

    I would much rather deal with a person in blue, with a badge then an man with a chinese communist hat

  6. HELENK says:

    House is now voting on a balanced budget amendment. The last time this happened was 1995

  7. crawdad says:

    They once even kicked in my front door and hauled me off to jail

    Furnishing alcohol to an underaged goat?

  8. HELENK says:


  9. crawdad says:

    87-year-old Occupy protester can’t get arrested

    Among the hordes of Occupy Wall Street protesters, Frances Goldin stands out: the 87-year-old literary agent and activist has a tuft of purple hair and carries a sign that reads, “I’m 87 and mad as hell.”

    She may not look like the typical Zuccotti Park demonstrator, but Goldin, who has demonstrated for the rights of the disenfranchised for decades, believes in the mission to close the income equality gap and to promote social justice.

    “I’ve been arrested nine times for civil disobedience; I want to be arrested 12 times,” Goldin said Thursday. “And I was sure I’d be arrested today, but the cops were determined because of the bad publicity for them, to not arrest an 87-year-old woman.”

    “I said [to an officer], ‘What if I socked you in the eye?,’ and he said, ‘I’d give you a free shot,'” Goldin said. “‘Well, what if I kneed you in the groin?,’ and he said, ‘No, you’re not going to get arrested!'”

    • HELENK says:

      OWS id declaring the New York City Police Department’s clearing of Zuccotti Park various things, including the most insensitive terms they could possibly think of. In short: cleaning the park = the Holocaust.

  10. Loup-loup garou says:

    UC Berkeley cops put selves in harm’s way, save a bunch of students’ asses:

  11. yttik says:

    Cops have been showing remarkable restraint towards these protesters. The media is also not reporting the number of cops being injured. I know at least two were taken to the hospital in Seattle. In another city, one had his hand slashed up. Another cop was hit in the head by a projectile. In Portland they shoved a cop in front of a city bus and luckily he managed to escape serious injury. I’m sure there are more.

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