Boston bombings: 6 things cops know that most Americans don't
I do not want to be counted among the journalists who — in the necessary chatter of avoiding dead air — weave a thousand speculative stories. But in the wake of the events in Boston last week, here are some observations I offer after nearly four decades in the business.
1.) There is evil in the world.
Study it all you want my friends. No one is immune from the influence of wickedness.
2.) This is why we have seen the militarization of the police.
Guess what: you want us to deal with bombers and mass murder? Then give us those tools.
3.) Facts and theories are golden. Conjecture is foolishness.
We deal in evidence. Facts. Rational probabilities.
Trust us and don’t blame us for silence or misinformation. We’ll tell you what is appropriate to be shared at an appropriate time.
4.) Cops are not omniscient or omnipresent. We work within the laws of physics.
If we could recruit officers with psychic powers we would.
5.) The applause will fade.
Jesus was welcomed with shouts of adoration not many days before the crowds turned and called for his crucifixion.
Maybe you won’t forget, but you probably will.
6.) This is what we face every day. Every. Day.
You can say, “I’m out of harm’s way because I’m not in a war zone” but if shooters and bombers have taught us anything it is that they can strike anywhere, anytime.
I can’t think of any warrior cop that I know that would have hesitated one minute to go to Boston if called or who thinks that kind of thing couldn’t happen in their patrol area.
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