A few months ago I was naïve enough to think that writing Hearts Beneath the Badge was going make a difference, that it would somehow change people’s minds. After all, the proceeds are going to National Law Enforcement Memorial Fund, Concerns of Police Survivors, Safe Call Now and Policewives. I also had the support of Doug Wyllie, Editor In Chief of PoliceOne. How could people not hear my message? People would see it, love it, share it. Law enforcement charities would get some publicity and money and it would change the world. Whoa, someone pinch me, I am dreaming again! I am a small blip on a big screen and no one will see the damn message.
Oh, wait, someone did and they called me a grandstander. Initially, I was offended but you know what? Now I’m not.
Grandstand (verb) : to behave or speak in a way that is intended to impress people and to get public approval;
This is INCREDIBLY dangerous. She is telling me that she is not responsible for her actions, I AM. That I have to block her. That I have to walk away. This is what we have allowed for too long. The police may be outnumbered but we as citizens are not. Take a stand. Show respect, Teach respect. Do something. Stop hoping that something will change.