(All opinions stated in this blog post are mine. My opinions do not reflect the opinion of any who choose to participate in the following action. I speak solely for myself; I do not speak for this movement in part or as a whole.)
***THIS POST HAS BEEN UPDATED TO REFLECT THE NEW SCHEDULED TIME OF 7:00 PM***
Are you tired of OUR cops being KILLED, harassed, bad-mouthed, belittled, and "hated-on" by too many? I am too.
The following is one simple thing we can all do to show our cops that we LOVE them and that we have their backs.
Tuesday, September 8th, at 7:00 PM (in your time zone) show up at your local police station and THANK your local cops for being there for YOU. Give them a standing ovation and shake their hands. Call your local police department or sheriff's office and coordinate with them which would be the best time of day for you to show up. "Roll call" (shift change) at our local police division (Norfolk, NE) is at 6:00 PM, and that is why 7:00 PM has been selected to hopefully be able to "thank" as many officers as is possible at the same time.
It's time for those of us who support our police officers to SHOW UP and let them and their detractors know that there are more of us who support our police than there are of those who HATE ON or HUNT them.
Bring your children. Teach them the importance of police officers in society. Teach your children that cops do this job because they care about people...all people. Teach your children that their respect for officers is tantamount to any future interaction they may have with an officer. Teach your children to stay away from those who "hate cops". For it is most often those who "hate cops" who have had the most interaction with them because of their involvement in criminal activity! If you do not teach this to your children, you are basically teaching them to hang out with criminals. It really is that simple. Ask any cop.
The idea for this "All Community Police Appreciation" event was not my idea. It was an idea that was proposed in a large "local" (to me) public group on Facebook.
This is the original message that was posted to the group (I've contacted Wendy and have her permission to post the following screen shot - as well as her other message to the group which can be seen above):
When I've spoken with others who support police officers these few truths have become evident:
We recognize that all cops are not perfect.
We also recognize that neither are we.
We know that cops do the job they do because they want to help make our communities better for all residents.
Whether "their help" always turns out the best for US is NOT the fault of the officer.
It is ours.
If we speed, we expect a ticket.
If we attack a cop in any way or resist arrest in any way, we expect that cop to do what is necessary to protect his or her own life, including the use of deadly force against us.
If we shoot at a cop, we expect them to shoot back at us with an aim to kill.
We don't blame them for shooting back at us, even if they kill us, nor do we understand those who do blame them for doing so.
We understand that we all have a responsibility to live by the same set of laws as every other resident of our community.
We believe no one is above the law.
This includes police officers and elected officials...on every level.
For "National #ThankACopNight" to come to your town you may have to organize it yourself, contact your local police department/radio/tv/papers to help spread the word, but, SHOW UP on...Tues, Sept 8th 6:30 PM and let those who protect you know that you appreciate them. This is a completely organic movement and if YOU don't plant it in your OWN community, it will never grow. It's time to get out of your comfort zone and make a difference.
It's time in America for people who have BELIEFS to start standing up for them. Stop hiding in the background and feebly hoping that another will pick up a cause you claim to care about so dearly. Our society is slipping away. You either grab onto it now or figure out a way to tell your kids or grandkids what you were doing when your America was lost.
I look forward to seeing you on Tuesday, September 8th at 7:00 PM on the front lawn of the Norfolk Police Division. Have a happy Labor Day weekend. When you return home from your fun weekend, you'll have another job to do. Please join us.
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