Police Officers are hardworking individuals like the rest of us. They chose a career and receive a paycheck same as you and I. Of course, none of this negates the fact that those flashing lights are intimidating.
There are heartwarming videos of Law Enforcement Officers taking time out of their day to play basketball with a neighborhood of children, buy meals for people in need, hug the hurting and being gentle with the broken.
Despite all the good, the bad can also make it’s way in to the open. Nowadays, the internet is an incredible source for any and every thing you have a question about, things you don’t even care to know, and all things in between.
In 2015, Eric Harris was shot and killed by a Tulsa County Reserve Deputy, Bob Bates, when he pulled his gun, instead of his taser. Mr. Bates was convicted of Second-Degree Manslaughter and sentenced to four years in prison, of which he served less than half of his sentence, and was released October 2017. Don Smolen got justice for this family, a $6 million judgment to be more specific. Money can never replace the loss of a loved one, however, bringing awareness to such an unfortunate tragedy can invoke change.
No one is perfect, therefore no one is above the law. Regardless of who we are, where we live, what we choose to do for a living, laws are written for a purpose. We are to abide by the laws set before us, be it traffic, business, money, medical professionals and facilities, state and government officials, taxi cab drivers, so on and so forth. Breaking the law, no matter the offense, is liable for punishment. So, if you see those flashing blue and red lights that make your heart beat a little faster, you may want to be a little more careful.
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