Sick and Tired

Editorial submitted by Conrad Doyle

How many times have you been “sick and tired”? What does it mean to be “sick and tired”?

 If you were around in the 60s you would have heard Fannie Lou Hamer use this term in speeches she gave as a member of the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party. She often addressed a rally saying “We are sick and tired of being sick and tired.”

Today, this saying has so many uses that a book could be written on the various ways this saying has been used and altered to make a point when driving home a given point of view.

I want to use this saying to describe my attitude as it pertains to the constant onslaught of violent altercations between members of the public and those tasked with keeping law and order between the members of the public.

 Are we witnessing an upsurge in the number of altercations because law enforcement departments around the nation are abusing their powerful positions or because members of the general public have declared anarchy against law and order?

I suggest that for each altercation we now have blasted over the airwaves there are a number of possible answers to my previous question. Truth be told, there are more than just “two sides to this coin” and the answer you choose depends on the angle taken by the videographer and the spin by national media outlets.

My opinion is probably not the politically correct one and likely will ruffle some feathers but in all honesty, I am “sick and tired” of this politically correct environment that wishes to silence common sense. Common sense has been sacrificed on the alter of reality as a penance for societal ills and evils.

Before you get angry with my take on this, let me preface my opinion by saying this: there is absolutely no situation in which law enforcement has the right to mindlessly take action against, shooting and/or killing, harassing or bullying any member of society, PERIOD!

I suggest that there is no greater percentage of “bad cops” than there ever has been in our nation even though there are by necessity more cops. I suggest that in reality there are fewer “bad cops” because of the increased restrictions and vetting processes of potential candidates.

I suggest mobile phones have played a huge role in bringing altercations between citizens and law enforcement to the public eye. Every person carrying a cell phone hopes to have their video go viral or be chosen for use by the media. Every video has a different narrative depending upon the perspective of the individual holding the camera. Every video has the potential to be edited to present the “facts” according to what the end purpose is.

In each and every video or spin, the truth often gets left on the editor’s floor, cut or intentionally deleted because the truth will not incite viewers to buy into the chosen narrative.

Locally, we have been forced to watch edited versions of an individual in Louisville that was “bullied” and treated brutally by LMPD this past weekend.

Over and over we see several officers physically abusing an innocent man by manhandling and striking him in the face while he was laying face down on the pavement.

What you are not seeing or being told is maddening to anyone with a modicum amount of common sense. The facts of this situation are purposely being omitted so as to twist public opinion and further the abusive and racist cop narrative.

For instance: What were the circumstances surrounding the initial contact between the police and the gentleman, why were the police called to the location wherein a man standing with a Cross was encountered? What was he doing that warranted law enforcement intervention? Surely someone carrying a cross could not be doing anything that would justify the altercation that ensued or....

Well, we do have a gentleman carrying a cross, nothing wrong with that right?

 A gentleman carrying a cross, standing in the middle of a crosswalk, blocking traffic flow and putting himself and others in danger of being hit or killed.... what would have happened if a medical situation was taking place and a child died waiting for this man to get out of the road? What if the ambulance or a police vehicle had hit him and heaven forbid killed him....Would it still be the same narrative or worse? We all know the answer to that...”cops ran over this Christian man who was only walking across the road carrying a cross”....

What would the outcome have been if for some strange reason, this same guy when approached by law enforcement would have simply complied with what was being asked of him? He called himself “protesting” which only brings more facts to light...”you have to have a permit to protest” and he had no permit. Any permit to protest is allowed with stipulations one of which is that protestors cannot block or impede safety vehicle or public highway access.

What would the outcome have been had he simply complied and moved himself out of the middle of the road and relocated himself ten feet to the side?

His refusal to comply and take a few steps out of the road led to him having to be forcefully relocated. His refusal to comply once forcefully being relocated, resulted in his being forced to the pavement. His refusal to just put his arms behind his back resulted in further force on the part of an officer.

There was absolutely NO excuse for the policeman hitting him multiple times in the face/head, that was not necessary! But, again....Had he simply complied with the initial request and moved out of the roadway....would we be having this conversation?

What happened to common sense? What happened to truth? What happened to taking and accepting responsibility for our own actions?

Oh silly me, there I go again using common sense....will I ever learn?

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