SOUND OF THE POLICE

One of my mentors, a truly remarkable man, is a retired LAPD detective – read his book and you will see how that career shaped him (and many others like him) as he faced the forces of good and evil.

While many of society’s slugabeds are popularizing not so thoughtful agenda’s with catchy phrases like “defund (Is that even a word?) the police” I am left to reflect on my own encounters with the boys in blue. Crazy to say, but yes (in my misguided youth), I found myself in the back of squad car on more than one occasion. I have been pulled over in cars and on bicycle. I have been let off the hook, ticketed, sent to court and done community service. I’ve been treated fairly just as I have been ridiculed and mocked. Such is life, there are good and bad people in every profession and that leads to both good and bad encounters. After all that, I personally am grateful for the police.

Porsche 911T
Photo by Thomas Hawk

I learned a lesson from my beloved aunt long ago. Driving down the road I noticed that she rapidly flashed the vehicle’s headlights at the oncoming traffic. “Aunty Elaine, why did you do that?” She went on to explain that it was a way of notifying the other driver that there was a speed trap up ahead and that they should slow down if necessary. Ah, no wonder the other other car would flash back as if to say “thanks!”

Don’t want police? Try this, don’t give them employment! (I’m afraid our education system skipped the lessons on supply and demand.) Not everyone will be a law abiding citizen, it’s not realistic, I get it. But can you be one? What about your friends? Can you influence them? What if we “flashed our lights” every time we saw someone “speeding“?

For everyone getting smashed with a baton, squirt with pepper spray, or dodging bullets (albeit mostly without success) – there was probably a friend or family member that could have said something along the way, but didn’t.

THE CHALLENGE: Guide our youth. Teach right from wrong along with the associated consequences. In other words, flash your headlights! Click this link to find out how a neighbor flashed his lights at me.

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