I normally have a rule not to talk about personal experiences because one it is not anything anybody needs or wants to know and two, I never try to give opponents more ammunition against me. But occasionally I break that rule for public interest.
This is one of those. I took a trip of about 325 miles. I noticed two markers along the way where a state cop had fallen. Well, there could be more that I either missed or were not officially marked.
It sends a chill inside every time you see one of those. You know there was some incident there, and probably some family that would be impacted the rest of their lives. And someone did it, which is real sinister to consider. The markers serve as a tribute and memorial to what happened in that spot.
You don’t know what the day was like or the time it happened, whether it was fair weather, daytime, or nighttime. Nothing too personal. Just that an officer had fallen on this spot. They have mile markers posted on highways but an officer’s life is just as important to be marked. It’s an honor the killer should never have.
But while even writing this, word broke that 4 Houston police officers were shot in Houston, Texas, during a drug raid. On December 11, 2018, 2 law enforcement officers were shot while serving a warrant. But let us not forget that in 2016 a group of police officers were fired on “in Dallas, Texas, killing five officers and injuring nine others,” while they were protecting demonstrators in a march.
One of the most famous was NJ Trooper Philip Lamonaco, who was killed in 1981 along the interstate on a roadside stop by radical members of the terrorist group United Freedom Front. It captured national attention, public outrage, and kicked off a major manhunt. He was only 32 years old. Last year, 52 officers were shot and killed in the line of duty.
Now it is seeming more common. The president of the Houston Police Officers Union, Joe Gamaldi put the word out on anti-cop rhetoric. (KTRK)
“We are sick and tired of having targets on our back,” Gamaldi said. “We are sick and tired of having dirtbags trying to take our lives when all we’re trying to do is protect this community and protect our families.”
“Enough is enough. If you’re the ones out there spreading the rhetoric that police officers are the enemy, well just know we’ve all got your number now. We’re going to be keeping track on all of y’all, and we’re going to make sure to hold you accountable every time you stir the pot on our police officers.”
Enough…but is it ever enough for the anti-cop crowd?
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