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OPINION: Foiled School Shooting in Dixon, Illinois Proves Good Cops Still Exist
It's been a while since we heard from the chanting masses of Black Lives Matter, but their narrative that all cops are racist killers on the hunt for the next black scalp, still lingers. Once a leftist narrative takes hold, it's hard to cleanse it with truth. Like herpes.
Similarly, in the immediate aftermath post Parkland shooting, the left took aim at a point oft-touted by the right: the only way to stop a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun. Leftists lemmings pointed to Officer Scot Peterson as proof the point was false. Insisting the blame lay on the lethality of the scary black rifle equipped with pistol grip and menacing googily eyes. Ergo all AR-15s must go, hey ho hey ho. Only later to discover Officer Scot Peterson had the courageous fortitude of a bendy straw.
Today in Dixon, Illinois, a good cop with a gun prevented what could've been another school shooting. By acting quickly, decisively, and without shaming his entire department.
Scot Peterson and Scott Israel take note.
The officer in Dixon, Mark Dallas, did what he was trained to do. More importantly, he did what he signed up for as a police officer: to protect and serve.
For despite what the fact-challenged drones of Black Lives Matter may chant, most police officers become police officers not to hunt black people for the sake of blackness. Most men and women become police officers because they want to do good. They want to protect people. They want to prevent crimes. They want to be heroes.
Officer Mark Dallas in Dixon did just that. He saved students from injury and death by putting his training into quick action, neutralizing a threat before a young man with a gun could harm anyone else. Hashtag not required. Chant not needed.
The cowardly Scot Peterson in Broward County Florida is more the exception. Well, perhaps we should blanket the entire department with "exceptional" but not in that blue ribbon kind of way. I write "exceptional" like I describe a high maintenance individual as "special." Italics implied.
Mark Dallas is more the rule. He is one of thousands of American police officers protecting and serving every day. Most of whom will go unnoticed.
Are there bad cops? Of course. They should be addressed and treated accordingly. Not brushed under a blue rug and excused. We hear of bad cops in the news because good cops preventing crime, arresting criminals, saving lives is commonplace. Like planes arriving on schedule.
Some may accuse me of being a sappy sycophant for this post. Fine. Maybe you think it unfair I broad brush most cops as good people. Then again, I think it unfair to broad brush cops as racists. Tits and tats.
The anti-cop attitude isn't going to shift overnight. It may not shift at all. But we'd do well to remember the officers who do recall their training. Who do act heroically in the moment. Who brighten the officers badge, not serve to tarnish it.
~ Written by Courtney Kirchoff