I watched with the same interest as many Americans as the events of Ferguson, New York and Phoenix unfolded. While I was not privy to the testimony given to the Grand Juries in these cases, I believe that there is not an issue with the Justice System; the problem lies in the people of America.
If we lay aside the issues surrounding the loss of these lives and look at the common thread; that being the failure of people to comply with authority, we need to ask how we came to this place. While growing up I was taught to respect my elders, address them by their last name. I feared the police, not because of the threat of physical abuse but because I knew that if I made a mistake, the police would arrest me and I would lose my freedom. I respected the rules of my house and my parents because if I violated a rule, I knew that I would receive punishment which involved a belt and a child’s bottom. There was no social media or 1000 channels of television. We were allowed to be creative but most importantly, we were able to interact with people.
My generation brought to life the internet, video games, CDs, cell phones and most advances to electronics. We were brought up during tough economic times and the threat of a Soviet attack upon our soil. We went fishing and hunting with our fathers and were taught how to work hard and play hard. If we had a disagreement with a person, we went out back after school, we fought, and when it was over we picked ourselves up and shook hands and it was over with. This is how my generation grew up.
Fast forward two generations (40 years) and now we are not allowed to be individuals because we may ‘offend’ someone. We question authority at every chance we have, be it the police, the government, or the courts. Yet we have become so complacent most people would prefer not to vote, because it is ‘one crook or another.’ We have become a people dependent on the Government to provide for our every need, and to be there when things get bad. Our politicians in the interest of votes have sold out the values that once made the United States the leading producer of goods and services. We bail out poor performing companies in the interest of ‘saving’ some jobs; we print money to make the economy look better than it actually is. We are becoming a society that cannot live with adversity. We have also become a nation of instant gratification. We are connected to the world 24 hours a day. With Facebook, Twitter, online news and other internet communications we can find out anything at any time, which lends itself to the mob mentality and emotional response versus a review of the facts. Growing up we had news once a day. I remember watching Walter Cronkite speak about the events of the day or the week every night during the nightly news. Today we can watch the events of Ferguson unfold 24 hours a day on our favorite news channel.
Why do I bring up the past? The past is the basis for the events that we see today in these incidents of death at the hands of the police. Having known some police officers, I know that when they put that uniform on every day, they do not put it on and say to themselves that they want to kill someone that day. They put it on in an attempt to ensure that everyone is afforded the rights guaranteed to them by the Constitution. They are there to protect and serve their fellow man. Yet in society today it is becoming more and more difficult because everyone is a Constitutional expert; they “know” their rights. The common thread in each of these police encounters is that the victim did not follow the lawful orders of the police officer. If one was to disregard the fact that Michael Brown had just stolen cigars from a shop, if he had just obeyed the lawful orders of the police, he would be alive today. The media has been quick to point out that he was an ‘unarmed young black male’ and while it is true that he did not have a weapon at the time of his encounter, his body could be considered a weapon and he did aggressively engage the police in a physical encounter.
In New York city this past July, the police once again encountered a man who was engaged in an illegal activity. When he was advised that he was under arrest, he refused to comply. What are the police supposed to do in that case? Are they expected to walk away and say okay, you are a bad man, but because you refuse to comply we will go away now? Of course not. We as a society have demanded that the police arrest these individuals and take them into custody. It was his obligation to submit; the police just used the means needed to ensure that he did. Unfortunately in this case it cost him his life, which is a very sad event.
Our leaders, the Mayor of New York, the Governor and the President of the United States need to be supporting the authorities and the police, not sending representatives of their respective administrations to the funerals of the criminals. Remember, each victim in these recent events had committed a crime and refused to comply with the lawful orders of the police.
People are becoming upset at the decisions of the Grand Jury when what they perceive as an injustice takes place. We must remember that a Grand Jury is comprised of regular folks, of all types of races and background. They are presented with all the available evidence by the prosecutor. These people live in the communities where these events happened. In Ferguson, that jury knew what the potential outcome of their decision would be. They are subject to the same pressures and tensions as everyone else in the area. I am sure that they watched the news and heard the claims of all the groups, the NAACP, New Black Panthers and the KKK. Every juror who sat in that room had to suspect that if there was no indictment, there would be riots and looting. In NY, the jurors knew or should have known that their no bill would result in outrage, yet both of these juries refused to indict the officers. This leads to only one conclusion, which is the police officers, when all facts were heard, were justified in the actions they took. The public is ‘outraged’ and ‘demands’ justice. The news spreads rapidly across the country and the ‘outrage’ grows. This is the time that our leaders need to stand up and calm the masses, ensure them that the criminal justice system worked, yet that is not what has happened.
In both of these cases, our leaders have said that they will investigate and take Federal action. This does nothing but increase tensions and divide our nation further. 40 years ago, people may have been outraged; however, they would accept the verdict and work on the problem, not attempt to seek recourse in another venue. In today’s era of instant communication, groups of people can rally around a cause before they truly understand all of the facts that have come to light.
And now, with the execution of two NYPD officers sitting in their patrol car, we are slowly descending into the demise of a falling nation. Those who appreciate freedom and liberty are watching it be stripped at every turn, and the lawlessness of a small segment of society is beginning to prevail. Until our leaders stand up for law and order, this situation will continue to grow. We as a society must stop this before it advances to the point of no return.
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Following his successful career in DRT, he returned to school, graduating with an AS Degree in Business Administration, HR and Law minors. He completed his AS in Paralegal studies in May 2014.
In his off time, Paul enjoys riding motorcycles and is an active member of the Patriot Guard Riders of New York, protecting the sanctity of funerals for military, law enforcement officers, EMS and fire fighters.
On July 4th, 2013, Paul was approached by the Heroes Memorial Foundation, Inc. to assist them with the Granite Mountain Hotshot Team tragedy in Prescott Arizona.Currently he is working as the Public Information Officer responsible for ensuring accurate information is released to news media outlets, and to the appropriate on-line forums.
Paul is currently the town judge of Senaca, NY. Paul is responsible for all media relations regarding Fire & Rescue and Military Heroes.
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