Posted BY: Sloan Oliver
I had an Army buddy who was a former police officer. Often, he’d tell humorous stories about his time in a medium-sized police department. Less often, but more poignantly, he’d tell life-and-death stories. It seemed he traded one form of service (being a cop) for another (the military). To my question as to why he traded professions, he told a harrowing story. He and a fellow cop had an encounter with a criminal who shot (didn’t kill) his partner, then took off running. My buddy chased him down, caught him, tackled him, and proceeded to beat him nearly to death; and would have, had several other officers not pulled him off. Continuing his story, he said that in the chaos of the situation, adrenaline took over. The concept of stopping before he’d completely eliminated the threat never occurred to him. He reacted completely on survival instinct and to protect his partner. It was that encounter that convinced him to leave the force or he’d end up killing someone.
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Because of my time in the military, stories like his, and knowing how quickly life-and-death situations can be thrust upon cops, military members, or anyone, for that matter, I tend to give a large benefit of the doubt to policemen, first responders, and the military. Ask yourself the simple questions, what would you do, and how would you react to any of the infinite number of situations police officers find themselves? In the heat of the moment, would you think to shoot for the legs to wound the perp (as Biden says cops should do), would you throw a single punch and then back off? Or would you do what most people do in life-and-death encounters — continue your actions until the threat is neutralized?
I’ll say this, I’m white and have lived in the hood my whole life. I have been on the wrong side of the law numerous times and have seen the worst of what the LVMPD has to offer. Currently I reside in the Eastern part of Vegas and it’s like a third world country in some cases. Tents everywhere but more often just piles of trash tweakers reside on top of. I have been homeless and my camp was never a horrid mess, my lady and my dog were all in a tent and you wouldn’t know we were homeless, these people here though are insane. People will casually smoke meth just on the street, fools will try and stalk you at night to rob you, the cops will come maybe 40% of the time and it must be violence or armed robbery. My neighbors are mostly Hispanic families and I hate that these school kids gotta walk to school past the used needles and condoms. Our street is decent because we stay vigilant but the moment you make a turn from it, it’s just societal rot. Gangs, and drug addicts, and just plain scumbags. I am a forgiving guy, I’m a recovering addict and I have sinned my fair share but there is a wickedness spreading, ignorance like a disease blinding all from their own souls. This is everyday, I cannot leave my house without exposure to this horrid rot, so in turn my family is well armed, we are vigilant, our home is secure,and we love Christ. You know who does absolutely nothing, in fact hinders the everyday man, the police. I have been cussed at and flipped off by cops running through a crosswalk, I’ve seen them stomp down some bum but avoid the shit eating gangbangers on the corner. I’ve never resented my cities officers so much until moving here, they will watch you die and crack jokes about how nasty your camp is. These people don’t deserve this reverence you give them, and they are not required to protect or serve a damn thing. They don’t have to do shit for you, yet when I’m approached whilst walking my dog and asked if I e heard about any break ins, to which I reply no, and then am told by the officer to step in front of the car to be searched I should just let this dude and heavily armed man violate my rights? No and I’m a white guy Lord only knows how much worse.itd be if.i was.black, see you have a right to bring left alone, you have a right to provide your own security, and you have the right to your freedom if you ain’t harming anyone. Police I used to think we’re a necessary evil but I see now that the 2 amendment for American citizens is the only sure way to protect your family. If you train, get familiar with your firearm and see it as the tool it is then at least you won’t be hoping the 911 operator would stop telling you to calm down as your stabbed to death.