All around the nation, police officers and law enforcement agents are facing extreme and unwarranted animosity. It seems at every turn, hate and ridicule follow. And so, in times like these, it’s nice to see that not everyone has the same biased opinion of cops.
Take the Local Fresh Grill in Port Richey, Florida, for example.
Here, police officers, sheriffs, marshals, etc. have always been welcome and treated fairly. Even before the nation’s sudden blind rage against law enforcement, the local eatery offered a ten percent discount to all who served our country and her communities.
But now, in the midst of chaos, they have just announced themselves to be one of the few ‘safe havens’ available for those who wear a badge.
On Thursday, the restaurant wrote a message to all law enforcement, letting them know they were still welcome.
“To all police officers, Sheriff deputies, marshall, or any law enforcement officer, The Local Fresh Grill will always be a safe haven for you, a place where you can come and enjoy your lunch knowing that I have your back. You will always be shown the respect you deserve.”
In addition, the restaurant let those in blue know that “Not all of us are fooled by all this propaganda and media exaggerations. We know that the majority of you are good people.”
Unfortunately, there are far too few who are voicing this opinion as of late.
Following the wrongful death of George Floyd, who was unarmed and in police custody when he died, the left has been calling for complete police “defunding” and dismantling. Somehow, they have pushed the idea that because one officer was found to be in the wrong, all of them are suddenly guilty of the same crimes.
And this ridiculous stereotype has led to some pretty destructive and even murderous actions.
Such as when a gunman opened fired at a police station in Paso Robles, California, recently shooting a deputy in the face. Or when a woman in Seattle set five squad cars on fire.
Even those whose job it is to defend and protect the law, have suddenly take to breaking it.
Like the two New York City lawyers arrested for throwing Molotov cocktails at police cars. Or Mark McBride, a California attorney, who has begun to encourage people to “start murdering cops” and promising to defend those who do.
I’m sorry, but how do these actions or threats prove these people to be any better than the one dirty cop who started this all?
The truth is, it doesn’t. In fact, I think it makes them worse. I mean, how do you justify shooting a deputy in the face for merely wearing a uniform?
Racism and prejudice are based on the quick and uneducated assumption that everyone of a particular skin color or type is exactly the same. We’ve all heard the slurs: Jews are penny-pinchers, blacks are lazy, and all Asians are smart. If we really think about it, we know these mindsets aren’t correct.
Nevertheless, that hasn’t stopped the divisiveness of a few to be pushed around society, until it is believed.
And yet those who are most loudly crying out for racism to end and for equality to be achieved, are playing into those same thought patterns, this time believing that all cops are dirty and hypocritical.
No doubt, there are some bad apples, as former officer Chauvin proves. But just like with any industry, race, or religion, we cannot and should not assume that all who find themselves in the line of duty are equally as rotten and should be outcast.
Thankfully, some understand this and are willing to stand beside law enforcement agents and officers who are merely trying to make a living like the rest of us.
Like one man in Pell City, Alabama, when he saw a group of officers eating a local Cracker Barrel, he didn’t throw things or threaten them. Instead, he walked over and offered to pay for their meals, thanking them for their service.
This man, like the owners of The Local Fresh Grill in Florida, understands that the majority of those in uniform wear it with pride, having given the oath to serve and protect all who they come into contact with.
It’s time more of us stood to do the same, to honor and create safe havens for those who give everything to keep us safe and free.