Baltimore is a beautiful, usually peaceful colonial city where visitors flock, especially this time of year, for a taste of a Americana–from baseball at Camden Yards to great seafood restaurants, shops and lots of urban renewed ambiance. The recent riots over alleged police brutality and the death of a young resident, not only turned the town upside down but has generated uprisings from Hollywood and beyond. No one is in favor of the unruly protest and the consequences it caused of course but her are two views you really must read.
One from superstar Morgan Freeman as reported in yesterday’s (May 1) Hollywood Reporter, the other from a former police officer who wrote a profound piece on Blogspot.com.
According to the Hollywood Reporter Freeman slammed the media saying that “the coverage has victimized Freddie Gray’s story, as cameras can’t really clarify the narrative.” He pointed out that the reporting on the Baltimore riots has been more thorough than the one-sided coverage of the Ferguson demonstrations, with protesters having realized that setting fires gets more attention than using words.
The retired cop’s story is also a kind of indictment that goes like this:
Today, I will not answer the radio call that your boyfriend has come home
drunk and is beating you again.
Today, I will not answer the radio call that your 16 year old daughter,
who is very responsible, is four hours late coming home from school.
Today, I will not answer the radio call that your store has been robbed or
your house has been burglarized.
Today, I will not stop a drunk driver from killing someone. I will not
catch a rapist or a murderer or a car thief.
Today, I will not answer the radio call that a man has a gun or tried to
abduct a child or that someone has been stabbed or has been in a terrible
Today, I will not save your child that you locked in a car or the child
you were too busy to watch who went outside and fell into the swimming
pool, but that I revived.
No, today I will not do that.
Today, I was suspended from duty for doing my job, because the media,
liberals, a community organizer, a lawyer who formally represented
terrorists and is the US attorney general and a mayor who ran on an
anti-police agenda, who are all advised by a drug dealer, liar and income tax
cheat. AND, all who know nothing about Policing, have vilified my
Today, I was killed by a drunk driver while I was helping push a disabled
car off the highway.
Today, I was shot and killed during a routine traffic stop to simply tell
someone that they had a taillight out.
Today, I was killed in a traffic accident rushing to help a citizen.
Today, I was shot and killed serving a warrant on a known drug dealer.
Today, I was killed by a man when I came by to do a welfare check because
his family was too busy.
Today, I was killed trying to stop a bank robbery or a grocery store
Today I was killed doing my job.
A chaplain and an officer will go to a house and tell a mom and dad or a
wife or husband or a child that their son or daughter or husband or wife or
father or mother won’t be coming home today.
The flags at many police stations were flown at half-mast today but most
people won’t know why.
There will be a funeral and my fellow officers will come, a twenty-one-gun
salute will be given, and taps and bagpipes will be played as I am laid to
My name will be put on a plaque, on a wall, in a building, in a city
A folded flag will be placed on a mantel or a bookcase in a home somewhere
and a family will mourn.
*There will be no cries for justice.*
*There will be no riots in the streets.*
*There will be no officers marching, screaming ‘no justice, no peace.’*
*No citizens will scream that something must be done.*
*No windows will be smashed, no cars burned, no stones thrown, no names
Only someone crying themselves to sleep tonight will be the only sign that
I was cared about.
I was a police officer