Why I Won’t Take Part in “National Tell a Police Officer ‘Thank You!” Day”

By Doug Newman

I recently received an invitation to support something called “National Tell a Police Officer ‘Thank You!’ Day”. I wrote the following to the person who invited me.
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I declined the invite and I want to explain why. I am thankful when police officers apprehend truly guilty violent criminals. However, I will not thank them simply for being cops.

In recent years, the police have all too often been out-of-control raving tyrants. Police brutality has been rampant in America. More and more, they are acting like an occupying Army.

Have a look at the group below, which was started by a West Point grad and Iraq/Kosovo veteran who is facing possible prison time for taking pictures of an Austin TX cop manhandling a young girl early on New Year’s Day. https://www.facebook.com/groups/350955711587953/ Also have a look at http://www.peacefulstreets.com

James Moore in the hospital after the savage beating by the Denver Police in 2008.

Have a look at this group started by a friend of mine – an Afghanistan vet – who was beaten to the point of flatlining by the Denver PD in 2008. https://www.facebook.com/JusticeforJamesMoore

Have a look at this very eloquent blog that deals extensively with rogue police. http://freedominourtime.blogspot.com/

And do you not know what happened (in Aurora, Colorado, near where I live) on 6/2/12? http://foodforthethinkers.com/2012/06/07/cops-gone-wild-obama-gone-wild-hitler-gone-wild/

Thank these cops for what?

When the police do their job, i.e. apprehending violent criminals, they perform a noble service. When they step over this line, they become extremely dangerous. Like any agency of the government, they need to be kept under a very watchful eye and on an extremely short leash.

Thank you for reading.

Respectfully,

Doug Newman
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And if you think “only the police and the military should have guns”, please take a minute and watch this video.
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If you would like to post this elsewhere, please email me and include a link to this URL. Thanks! — dfn

About Food for the Thinkers

My name is Doug Newman. I live in Aurora, Colorado, just outside Denver. Food for the Thinkers is mostly about the connection between Christianity and libertarianism. Most Christians do not understand libertarianism. And most libertarians do not understand Christianity. Hopefully, this blog helps clear up those misunderstanding. Check out my old page at www.thefot.us And remember: When you let people do whatever they want, you get Woodstock. But when you let governments do whatever they want, you get Auschwitz.
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3 Responses to Why I Won’t Take Part in “National Tell a Police Officer ‘Thank You!” Day”

  1. Manuel Miles says:

    I’m up for “National Tell the Cops to Surrender Day”. They’re truly rampaging criminal gangs and we need them like we need more murder and mayhem.
    I wonder if the Nazis had a “Nazional Danke fur der Gestapo Tag”?!

  2. Lisa says:

    This is a great commentary, Doug. When people are actually more afraid of their own government than the criminals it’s supposed to protect you against, something’s wrong, and the problem should be exposed for what it is. Thanks for writing this! If more people like you spoke up and voiced their concerns over law enforcement corruption, there’d be less of it!

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