Kentucky State Trooper Joseph Ponder pulled over a black motorist on September 13. The driver, Joseph Shanks, was operating under a suspended license, but Officer Ponder wanted to help him out for the night, since there were two young kids in the car. As the trooper was trying to get a hotel for them, Shanks took off. Officer Ponder pursued. After a 9 mile chase, Shanks stopped the car, and, with gun in hand, shot several times, hitting the trooper. Shanks fled on foot, but after a massive manhunt, he was found shortly before 7 a.m. Not willing to surrender, Shanks pointed his gun at the officers and would not put it down. Shanks was shot and died shortly after that. What about Trooper Ponder who was trying to help Shanks? He had died seven hours earlier.
This is a terrible tragedy! But what happened next was even more shocking and appalling! There was a large voice in the black community that was praising Shanks for killing the officer because he was white. What! Killing someone solely because of their race is racist!! There was also an outcry because Shanks had died. Many were calling for "more cops to be killed". Are they nuts?! I can't believe this is the society we live in!
A few weeks earlier, a group of black radicals was calling for the lynching of whites and cops. Many in the black community are speaking out against this hateful behavior, but I heard no response from black leaders like Sharpton and Jackson to stop this hate as Martin Luther King would have done! Other black leaders stood up against such hate and racism, but not them. Days afterward, Deputy Darren Goforth was killed. He was shot in the back of the head as he was pumping gas, because he was "a white cop".
A few days later, a Madison police officer intervened to stop a fight between some black people. One of the women involved started to attack the officer. Someone in the crowd said, "We need to start killing these officers." This is crazy! These police officers are here for your protection! They are here to keep law and order! Without them, this society would be a chaotic and awful place to live.
In West Palm Beach, Florida, a white policeman pulled over a driver going 31 mph over the speed limit - near children! A video captures it all. The officer acted and spoke only in a respectful manner. The 62-year-old black woman, however, was rude and very disrespectful. When the officer handed her the ticket, she said, "No wonder you people get shot, you're absolute #*%&#*!" This is disgraceful!
A Philadelphia police officer asked to use the restroom in a downtown Starbucks because it was locked. The white female employee said rudely that it was for paying customers only. He asked again politely, but was met with the same response. He left. He wrote on Starbucks' official Facebook page about the incident and added, "I was even more astonished that the many customers and other employees said nothing and seemed indifferent. This is the world cops live in. It's hip for this generation to berate and totally disrespect cops and praise cop killers as the heroes of their time." It's terrible but true.
One Starbucks customer said that the cops need "to give respect to get it". Not true! Citizens need to give respect first! If you do, police will respect you. Sure, not all police officers are fit to wear the uniform, but that is less than 2% of the police workforce. The vast majority of police (98-99%) are hard-working, honorable and respectful men and women.
Furthermore, just wearing the uniform demands our respect, as it does for soldiers or firefighters! Cops are not the enemy! They are not the problem! They are here to protect and serve. Let them do their job. Everyone should give them the respect they deserve!