Cop killing: No protests for slain officersBaltimore Post-Examiner

Cop killing: No protests for slain officers

In the past few days we have seen the murder of four police officers across the country.

There will be no protests in the streets, no activists will be screaming out about how horrible their deaths were, nobody will be walking down the street with banners reading, “Blue Lives Matter” and nobody will be calling out for the end of thug-related violence against the police.

Yes, that is what I said, thug. A thug is a criminal of any race, a low-life who preys on the innocent and without giving it a second thought, kills a police officer and walks away with no more remorse for a human life than if they just stepped on an ant.

Thugs come in all races. When I was a youth criminals were called thugs. The thugs in my neighborhood were all white.

I remember the time when my uncle, who was a waiter and came home in the early morning hours, was mugged within several yards of going to his home.

I was only a child at the time but I remember everyone talking about the two thugs who had beat him up for a few dollars. And both of those thugs were white.

All lives matter in this country. Nobody should feel threatened to the point where they have to apologize for saying that all lives matter. Yet there are those few who feel they have to cry racism every time and further fuel the flames of hatred in this country.

Calling for the deaths of law enforcement officers appears to be a growing trend in this country with some groups. To those I say go to hell. What in God’s name are you saying? Do you listen to the hate that you spew from your mouths?

Hate has no color. What hate does is take progress and pushes it two steps back. If promoting your cause means promoting violence against law enforcement officers then your cause is doomed to fail. Killing a police officer is no different than telling society, screw you and your laws.

Memorial for slain officer Darren Goforth at the gas station pump where he was gunned down. Members of the community spontaneously put it together and people continue to add their piece to his shrine. (YouTube)

Memorial for slain officer Darren Goforth at the gas station pump where he was gunned down. Members of the community spontaneously put it together and people continue to add their piece to his shrine. (YouTube)

If criminals can murder a police officer without blinking an eye do you really think they would hesitate to kill an unarmed innocent citizen? I think not. Black thugs kill black police officers all the time. Not because they are black but because they are blue and represent a lawful society.

I have no use for racist, corrupt cops who abuse their authority and prey upon the very people they are sworn to protect. Those cops however, are the minority in police work and not the majority.

There are approximately 900,000 sworn local, state and federal law enforcement officers in this country who walk out the door of their homes every day and protect their communities, sometimes with their lives.

Do you really want to know how bad it is out there on the streets and what cops all across this country face every day? Then get yourself a police scanner and listen to call after call after call: Murders, rapes, robberies, assaults, burglaries and a host of other violent crimes.

What happens most of the time when arrests are made: nothing. The arrests are without incident, the bad guy goes to jail, unharmed. Happens tens of thousands a time in this country every single day. So when I hear these groups yelling about the police war on this group or that group, the statistics do not support that.

If that were true there would be thousands of people being killed every day by police time and time again. It just does not happen. But there are thousands of people being killed and wounded in this country every day, not from the police but from criminals. Where is the outrage about that?

Those officers who have given their lives in the line of duty, their families will never see them again. The news media will do some stories about their deaths and then they will be forgotten by the press after the story has no more value.

Those fallen officers who have paid the ultimate price will never be forgotten by the families they leave behind, their fellow officers and the law-abiding citizens of the communities they served.

Put the hate aside for just one minute and let us remember Fox Lake, Illinois Police Lt., Charles Joseph Gliniewicz. Harris County, Texas Sheriff’s Deputy, Darren Goforth. Sunset, Louisiana Police Officer, Henry Nelson. Louisiana State Police Senior Trooper, Steven Vincent.

They gave their lives in the line of duty. Charles, Darren, Henry and Steven are now together with all their comrades of all races who fell before them.

They now all live together in peace, forever, in Blue Heaven.


About the author

Doug Poppa

Doug Poppa is a US Army Military Police Veteran, former law enforcement officer, criminal investigator and private sector security and investigations management professional with 40 years of experience. In 1986 Mr. Poppa was awarded “Criminal Investigator of the Year” by the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office in Virginia for his undercover work in narcotics enforcement. He was also re-assigned to the Northern Virginia Regional Narcotics Enforcement Task Force for 18 months. In 1991 and again in 1992 Mr. Poppa’s testimony under oath in court led to the discovery that exculpatory evidence was withheld from the defense by the prosecutor and sheriff’s office officials during the 1988 trial of a man accused of attempted murder of his wife that led to his conviction. As a result of his testimony the man was ordered released from prison, given a new trial in 1992 and found not guilty. Mr. Poppa became the subject of local and national news media attention as a result of his testimony which led to the demise of his 12-year police career. After losing his job, at the request of the FBI, Mr. Poppa infiltrated in an undercover capacity a group of men who were plotting the kidnapping of a Dupont Chemical fortune heir and his wife in 1992. His stories have been featured on Inside Edition, A Current Affair, and CBS News’ Street Stories with Ed Bradley. Contact the author.