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:
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.
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.”