Pitts Jr. | Good riddance to 34 New York cops who were probably unfit for work | Chroniclers
It is difficult to have an idea of the scale of this movement. Is it a tiny burst of total force as New York would seem to suggest? Or is it more? We hope that they are the first, but even if it is the second, it is always better to do without them than to give in to them. Yes, losing a critical number of police officers would pose a threat to public safety. But so would leaving unvaccinated agents in place to interact with an unsuspecting public on a daily basis.
And that’s only in the short term. In the long term, there is another, arguably greater, concern. That is, leaving the power of law enforcement in the hands of those who clearly do not respect the law, who believe themselves above it.
People often rejoice in the police as a “thin blue line” standing between us and social chaos. The fact that chaos is hard on us is evident from reading the random daily news. Last week, for example, hundreds of QAnon followers stood in the rain at Dealey Plaza in Dallas, where John F. Kennedy was assassinated on November 22, 1963, awaiting the return of the 35th President and his namesake son, died in a plane crash on July 16, 1999. They thought the two John Kennedys, the eldest now 104, would return that day to install Donald Trump as president.
Note that this act of mass madness has barely entered public consciousness. It’s a bad sign when breaking standards becomes the norm. Worse, too many police officers are now on the other side of this blackout, contributing to it rather than defending it. Refuse to obey a duly constituted authority by firing? Truly? It is a dereliction of duty of which the whole profession should be ashamed.