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We have all undoubtedly had our experiences with police, and most of us have a bad taste in our mouths as a result.  Whether it be hounding us for motor vehicle violations or, much worse, abusing their positions to harm us, it has become clear that many in the police force have forgotten that their mission is to “Serve and Protect,” and instead have seemed to replace that mantra with something more akin to “Harass and Bully.”

Very recently was the one-year anniversary of the death of a cyclist in the neighborhood where I reside.  The death was of particular concern to me inasmuch as my wife and I, along with thousands of others who live here, enjoy cycling in the streets where the terrain is well known to cyclists throughout the world.   Too many cyclists are hit by motorists on the streets of the U.S. annually by careless or aggressive drivers.  In this particular case the motorist was a police officer and he was busy texting.  If you or I had hit and killed a cyclist while texting and driving we’d be sitting in prison right now, and probably for a very long time.  Somehow, because this man was a police officer on duty, the judge deemed his texting OK and he was acquitted.  What a disgrace!  But, in a country where our lawmakers are exempt from the laws they enact for us, what more should we reasonably expect?

Police, as well as those in political office, work FOR us.  They are not gods with extra powers, immune from the laws they have been hired to either enact or to enforce.  Somehow they need to be reminded of this before things get too far gone.  Where are the checks and balances?

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