With all due respect to the president’s jump-the-gun quote from a couple of years back, I’m not sure just what the answer is. And there are a couple of glaring examples in the news of cops acting: one national and one local.
Obviously, the national story is the Boston Marathon bombing. There’s so much information out there it’s impossible to know just what in the heck occurred outside of the fact that bombs blew up at the finish line of the race. Everything afterward is an onslaught of overkill on analysis, coverage, conspiracies and talking heads droning on and on and on. And, of course, there have been the obvious quotes about how “nice” the two suspects seemed to be, how it’s unbelievable they could commit such a heinous crime and that so many of us are against them and pointing fingers because they are Muslims.
I don’t know about you, but the first place I thought to look after the bombing occurred was to the religion of violence. Call it profiling if you’d like. But there aren’t a lot of Methodists out there bombing innocent civilians in this world. And guess what? As it turns out, the bombers were indeed Muslims.
Here’s where the cops come into play. You know, the same, STUPID cops from the Harvard professor incident the president now calls heroic, brave and deserving of the country’s thanks. In some ways, the cops are heroic because it takes courage to chase armed suspects who are shooting and throwing bombs at you. As a matter of fact, it’s my belief that if you want to take those actions, you should die at the hands of the law.
While the older suspect died in the hands of the law, I have no idea how that death occurred. And that’s what bothers me most. Did the police shoot him? Did his brother run him over? Was that his real autopsy photography? Are the wounds consistent with his death? I have no clue. I’d like to trust the law on this and in one way I do in that I’m okay with the cops’ role in hunting him down and his loss of life. They did their job in that sense. But that leads me to another question: How did the little brother get away?
I mean, if you or I say something the president doesn’t like, we’d have our own satellite, the authorities all over us and a drone with our name on it along with a matching target on our sphincter muscle. All of this would be controlled by the president itching to push the button in the situation room while laughing like Dr. Evil. Chances are No. 2 would be in the room laughing along at our fate as well. Actually, I have no idea on that, but I can’t resist calling Joe Biden No. 2.
So I must imagine just how many authorities were in on this chase. I’d have to think two terrorists on the loose would require many more cops than one of my rants. How about helicopters? Drones? Dogs to follow the blood trail since both brothers were shot? And as the president is so fond of saying, didn’t the authorities have all the resources of the local, state and federal governments? Seriously, we had no trouble following O.J. or any of the numerous high-speed chases seen on television all the time. But we lost this kid who ran over his brother while the cops were handcuffing him? Here’s another question: Were any of the cops hit by the invisible getaway car?
Maybe the question isn’t how, but rather why, did the little brother get away? The answers and theories are numerous. And there’s one simple reason why: People don’t trust the government. And I seriously doubt that invoking de facto martial law in the wake of these events is going to help in that department. If you don’t think there are people in our government who get all Chris Matthews tingly at the thought of rolling in the Humvees and troops while locking citizens inside their homes, you’d be mistaken. So who exactly held the people of Boston hostage: the bombers or the authorities?
On the local scene, we have the unfortunately named Brainard incident. Once again, I have some idea what happened, but that’s because the police did their job. But I don’t know everything that happened. I will say this: Rick Brainard acted stupidly, both with his girlfriend and in talking to police. Now, for full disclosure, I know Rick a little and I, too, could be quoted to say, “I never thought that would happen.” But obviously it did. Rick, repeat after me: “This is my lawyer’s number.” I’ve seen enough to know those are the only words I’ll communicate to the police other than a polite “no” if they ask me to swing by for a chat.
My final thoughts on Rick’s situation are these. Anyone who supported him in the election shouldn’t be forced to rescind that support based on an event that occurred after the election. So those on that tangent, time to stop. That said, I find it hard to believe Rick can perform the tasks of his regular job without distraction, let alone the added demands of serving on the Grand Junction City Council.