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Anti-cop rants will spur more hate

In a sad sense of irony, the same day last week that two McAllen police officers lost their lives to an ambush attack, two sides were trading punches at a pro-police rally up in Brooklyn. Some three dozen anti-cop protesters showed up to protest the procop march along the Rockaway Boardwalk. Said one pro-cop supporter, “When you call them, who’s going to come? A social worker? I don’t think so. Who’s going to come? Him, him, and him,” he said, pointing at the cops, “to protect your life.” One anti-cop protester shouted back, “They seem to think that Black Lives Matter is a personal attack on them, on their white lives and the police, but what we want is equality. We want fair treatment under the law, and the police have shown that they can not do that.” Seriously? Not to mention that a lot of cops aren’t white. Like every profession, law enforcement has some bad apples. In fact, the cop up in Minneapolis who held his knee to the neck of George Floyd until he suffocated to death would be considered a “bad apple.” The multiple complaints filed against him may indeed show that in clear fashion if they are ever disclosed to the public. How many complaints were valid, who knows. The trouble now is, law enforcement, in and of itself, is under attack by people who apparently have nothing better to do than paint all police as the enemy as opposed to the rapist and the guy who commits armed robbery. Amazingly, we’re devolved back to the 1960s and 1970s, when some in the anti-establishment were referring to police as pigs. I should know since I grew up in that period. I wonder to what degree all of this cop bashing had on the guy who murdered two McAllen police officers in cold blood last week before turning the gun on himself? It would appear obvious that for some unfortunate reason, he felt compelled to commit suicide; but why choose to take two innocent men with him. Just two blue-collar guys out doing their job on a hot Saturday afternoon, not knowing that this would be their last shift. Shot dead because they were, well, cops. When I was in my late teens, I joined the hippie culture, which was largely tied to the surfing culture that swirled around Virginia Beach, where I was living at the time. I moved there the start ...

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