Dec 262014
 

police flag badge

by Rick Boettger

The recent assassination of two innocent New York cops by a crazy man who wanted revenge for the killing of Eric Garner by other New York officers has appropriately outraged the nation. No one defends the revenge killing. I hope and pray nothing like it happens again.

But we as a nation must learn from not only the sins of others, but of our own. Our not-crazy enemies in ISIL waterboard orange-clad Americans in revenge for our having done the same to their people. Our terroristic drone attacks on civilians, even American teen-agers, is bound to redound back on us, planting the seeds of hate for another 9/11 style attack.

And on the streets of America with at least 7 times as many civilian deaths from police violence as there are police deaths from civilian violence, with rare sanction for deaths caused by the police, there are going to be consequences. Police are accepted, even respected for going after a cop-killer with no intention of taking him alive. But both the police and the citizenry seem to think it an unspeakable atrocity if the roles are reversed.

The 95% of good cops would never maintain a choke hold on someone pleading “I can’t breathe!” or brag “I dropped like a f***king bomb on his head!” after killing a man lying docilely in the sand. At some point they have to stop enabling this tiny minority that are not only breaking the law, bringing disrepute on their service, and, worst of all, actually endangering their own lives.

The two innocent police who died were, to be clear, killed by a crazed homicidal maniac. But the reason he put those two men in his sights was due to the sins of their bad brothers in blue. Currently, the police themselves go after cop-killers with ruthless vengeance. They try not to keep track of their own 1000-plus killings, while reverentially chronicling the 119 killed police officers. They, abetted, as I have written at length, by their police-loving citizenry and courts, make a mockery of our justice system by shamelessly lying on witness stands to protect each other.

Our police need to police themselves. We can’t do it for them. They should sanction their brothers when they are wrong because it is just, it is compassion for the citizens they are sworn to protect, and because it will keep their own lives safer. I’d like to see a sort of spiritual revival, and, from the ones I know, I believe they have it in them.

~~~~~~~~

Rick Boettger

Rick Boettger

See also Walt Street Journal report:  http://www.wsj.com/articles/hundreds-of-police-killings-are-uncounted-in-federal-statistics-1417577504

Facebook Comments

Rick Boettger
Rick Boettger had a Top Secret security clearance in the Army and studied nuclear chemistry at MIT and law at Yale before getting a PhD in business at Berkeley. He earned tenure as a business professor at TCU in Fort Worth before going to Moscow as a Fulbright Professor, writing a book on the economy, hosting a semi-national talk radio show, and retiring to Key West in 1996 at the age of 48. Since then he has worked part-time as a tax and financial advisor, and has been doing investigative journalism since he began at the Blue Paper in 2007​. He is very happily married to his superb copy-editor Cynthia Edwards, the former long-time PIO for the Key West Police Department.
 December 26, 2014  Posted by at 1:05 am Issue #94, Rick Boettger  Add comments

  34 Responses to “Police Endangering Police”

  1. Jeez, Keysbum, sorry, but you don’t make me uncomfortable at all. The only emotion I feel for you is compassion. I feel sad you can’t find a more constructive way to use your formidable intelligence. I’m not being sarcastic when I say I hope you feel better some day. As for my point of view, if you could ever explain what it is you are criticizing me for, you can be sure I’ll respond respectfully. And by the way, thanks for calling me a writer with all the rest of the stuff you wrote, even if you are making fun of me. At least my attempts at such are obvious enough to be recognized. Maybe I’m getting somewhere. Thanks for the erncouragement.

    • when the day arrives Jerome that people such as yourself shed their cognitive dissonance, and open their minds to the possibility that there is indeed a realty heretofore unknown to them, I will feel better. because the fact is my friend, i do make you feel uncomfortable. people such as myself, and Sister, disrupt the normalcy of your thought pattern. we interrupt the comfort of the state promulgated socialization you internalized. your reaction of prosecuting pejoratives at the mere suggestion that democracy in America was a fallacy is demonstration of that. Shaquille Boettger cannot tolerate for a nanosecond the postulate that voting is inconsequential, and instantly labels me an ‘internet troll.” John Donnelly cannot view his participation in the imperial armed forces of america as anything but noble and just, and any destruction or murder of “non-americans” or their countries as morally correct because they were following the orders of their CIC. it is understandable to be reluctant to divorce oneself from whatever orthodoxy you were brought up with. but it is also pathological to deny a truth when it is presented to you. what if i told you WW11 was fought for the same reason we just obliterated Libya? what if i told you Prohibition had nothing to do with temperance? what if i told you that one family basically owns and controls the world? your natural response now, is to call me a conspiracy theorist; why not instead investigate these things for yourself. liberate your mind, you might be surprised at what you find out, if you open yoursrelf up to it. and that it would seem, is a big IF.

      anyway, i hope you and yours, and the entire Blue Paper community have a great and safe new year!

  2. Cower? Keysbum, you’re the braveheart who uses a pen name, after I challenged you several times to quit hiding behind it :-). Usually I agree with what you post to blue paper articles; but unlike you, from what I have seen you post here, I engage situations where live ammo is used, some of it potentially fatal, physically. And yes, I view it all as a fool’s errand, because I am just as skeptical (understatement) as you, that it makes one iota if difference in the countless little political schemes, which have visions, er,delusions of grandeur, what I, you, or anyone does; however, how people engage, or don’t engage, the grist and grime this world serves up might have some bearing on their souls’ transit, bearing and destination.

    • Here Sloan, a giant list of authors that use pen names that you can harass…knock yourself out…please.

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_pen_names

    • so lets say I bow to your wishes and reveal my full name to you. what good does that do?? how would you know it’s my real name? you do not know me, probably never will. we have most likely even passed one another in Key West at some point (Duval, the Tropic, wherever), but so what? providing my identity does nothing for you. the Blue Paper knows it, Shaquille Boettger knows it, and if your angels are real, they know it.

      ask them.

  3. You know very well, Keysbum, why I got on you this latest time about hiding behind a pen name: you had just accused the other people who comment to blue paper articles, except John Donnelly, of cowering. It would be up to you to be honorable and use your legal name – if you are honorable,.

    As for braveheart Sister, you also know very well why I called Keysbum out, this time. I myself used a pen name for my first 3 novels, and a number of things I published during that era (before I was using the Internet), did not have anything on them to identify me. So I know that terrain very well. However, none of those writings put me in the crosshairs of the police or a city, state, or national government.

    Some things I wrote back then did that very thing: letters to the editor in the Boulder, Colorado daily newspaper, had my name and snail mail address on them.

    A front page article in that newspaper, with my photo in a community meeting, quoting comments I and other citizens, including an ACLU representative, made, about particular cop who hated homeless people and was ever on the verge of going off his rocker and doing something horrible, and homeless people having rights, and private citizens having rights to speak out about that cop and the city police department, led to that cop threatening me the next time he saw me on Pearl Street Mall, which was his beat, which led to my having interesting dealings, by letter, with the police chief, which led to the police chief seeing a divine intervention I had told him was about to happen in another high profile matter in Boulder, which led to that troubled cop being reassigned to another part of the city, where he would not have to deal with homeless people and probably would be a pretty good cop, which was all I was trying to get the police chief to do, but he was stonewalling me, until the divine intervention I had told him was coming, happened.

    Back then, Boulder was a progressive city with a one human family’-like reputation, although I never heard that slogan used there. Boulder was far more tolerant than Key West, I later would learn.

  4. Happy New Year Everyone!

  5. No Keysbum, I’m sorry, but you do not make me uncomfortable. and that is a fact. I, like you, have wandered endlessly looking for the “truth”, and what I put forth in my essays is my version of what that search has revealed. That’s right, no different from what you have done with your life. I try to expose that “truth” to others, just as you do. If you could ever convince me of your “truth” I’d be the first to admit it, but so far you have given me nothing to hold onto. If my efforts leave you equally cold, all I can do is keep trying. something I will do in good faith. Best wishes, PCM

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

By continuing to use the site, you agree to the use of cookies. more information

The cookie settings on this website are set to "allow cookies" to give you the best browsing experience possible. If you continue to use this website without changing your cookie settings or you click "Accept" below then you are consenting to this. See our Privacy Policy here: http://thebluepaper.com/privacy-policy/

Close