As someone who tends to have a lot to say, I have been relatively quiet this Summer. Scratch that. I have been INCREDIBLY quiet this Summer. Perhaps life got the best of me, perhaps I’ve been busy, or perhaps I just haven’t had the heart to involve myself in the losing battles that so many topics seem to be these days. Let’s face it: No one likes to lose, and seemingly everyday our society dips just a little further into the toilet. Not quite ready for a massive swirly, but dangerously close. Who knows, maybe that’s what this country needs to WAKE UP, smell the draino and put some emphasis on the things that actually matter in the grand scheme of life.
You know what DOESN’T matter? You know what ISN’T going to make our country safer, debt-free, or well-respected? Miley Cyrus twerking. Which incidentally I had to look up. MTV’s Teen Mom’s, while strong girls in their own rights, don’t matter to our country as a whole. Honey Boo-Boo doesn’t matter. Shark week, although entertaining, doesn’t MATTER!! Yet what topics do I constantly see flood my social media newsfeeds? All of the above. Now before everyone gets all nervous and jerky on me, I will go one step further and say that I’m equally as guilty in getting wrapped up with at least half of the things I just mentioned. And by half I mean all, but who’s really counting?
With that said, I also pay attention. Not only do I watch and read current events, but I seek them. I always desire every piece of a puzzle. If I’m not happy with a news story, I follow up, I inquire, I make phone calls. No one else can or should be faulted if they’re NOT that way, it’s just how I am. It’s the same damned genetics that gave me a short temper and a long nose. Red hair and a voice like Marge Simpson. Listen, we win some, we lose some. We can’t all be perfect like my sister, it’s just life. (KIDDING Libs)
Along with that short temper of mine comes the inclination to occasionally fly off the handle. While I love flying just as much as the next guy, I prefer to do it safely and under the watchful and restrictive eye of the FAA! SO, I’ve been a bit more careful in my old age. Thirty four was the ticket for me. No more effing around! I’m old now. Pretty soon I’ll have a bed at the Shorewinds and they probably won’t even let me blog. Or text. Or TWEET!!! Oh the horror! All I have to say is the jello better be good and they better serve strawberry! ;)
Okay, enough playing around because the bottom line is that I’m actually very angry right now, and I’m trying to use my 34 year old wisdom to restrain myself from flying off the handle without FAA supervision, or at the very least, a parachute.
Within the last few days, a video has surfaced on youtube that depicts a Rochester N.Y. police officer making an arrest. I warn you that this video is graphic and you may not want to watch it in front of children. HOWEVER it is not graphic due to the conduct of an officer. It just shows a lot of butt crack, and has a really loud lady screaming a bunch of stuff you might not want your kids to hear. This is the video:
Okay. So you watched it. Now watch it again. Maybe even again if you need to. I know it’s hard to stomach the voice of the woman in the blue dress, but just watch again and make sure you understand.
Okay class….. let’s break this down. I’ll go slowly so even Davy Vara can understand.
The video begins with the officer CLEARLY telling the perp to put her hands behind her back. Rather than simply COMPLY, she informs him that someone is video-taping and that she’ll “Call a Sergeant!” “I’ll call a Sergeant! I’ll call a Sergeant!”. RED FLAG. Who, while being questioned OR arrested, thinks to “one up” a police officer? Wouldn’t you be so distressed that you would just want to explain your situation? She IMMEDIATELY pulls the “Sergeant Card”. Right outta the gate. Seabiscuit didn’t even have a CHANCE. She’s callin’ a sergeant!!! One might think she’s danced this dance before.
Am I the ONLY one who at 15 seconds sees her continually reach for the officers weapon and him CLEARLY tell her “Do not touch that!”?!?!? She STILL didn’t immediately stop! How can the media have missed that?!? It is BLATANT!!! Quite frankly, she SHOULD have been floored at THAT point, yet the officer showed extreme restraint. I feel safe in assuming based on my own personal knowledge that she probably made out pretty well for someone pulling her shenanigans. Must be because “she pregnant”.
The woman continues to scream and babble and tell the officer that he’s being video’d. He moves her from behind the car to the front of the house where two OTHER officers were dealing with her brother. I’m no cop, but I’m thinking to myself: “Good call!” Whether he did it so that he had witnesses, or back-up, or someone to smoke a cigar with after the fact, it was a smart call.
YET, the perp CONTINUES to run her mouth and RESIST his instructions. I myself am a parent. How many times do you ask before enough is enough? That chick wasn’t even his CHILD yet he gave her more chances than would have been okay in MY house. No ice cream for Brenda Hardaway!!!
She did nothing but continue to give the officer problems and RESIST the entire time! As evidenced by the fact that even as more officers became involved, she CONTINUED to resist! She didn’t give a $hit! She was Brenda-Badger. They eat scorpions and jackals for snack time. What’s an officer to do?
So he whacked her in the back of the head? Did she deserve it? Abso-freakin-lutely. Will she be out of jail and pulling her BS forthwith? Abso-freakin-lutely! Maybe next time she’ll get lucky and get her Sergeant!
Did the officer pop her with a closed fist like I would have? NOPE! He showed extreme restraint. Again, his instructions were clear the entire time!!! At ANY point, she could have given up, let him cuff her, and sorted it out afterwards. Had she not been an A-hole, she probably wouldn’t have even been arrested! I understand the desire to stand up for your little brother, but if you’re TRULY pregnant(I’ve got my doubts), you have your own child to worry about!
How about we address the fact that although I did not see it in the video, Chief Sheppard reports that she pulled PEPPER SPRAY on the officers?!?! Despite the fact that I probably WAS a jerk during both my pregnancies, pregnancy is not a LICENSE to be a jerk. That is her reasoning?!?! “Whoopsie! Lost my self control, grabbed for your gun, pulled out pepper spray, but I’m pregnant so don’t touch me!!” THAT really makes sense!!! Maybe in Elmo’s world, but this is real life.
Should we talk about the lady in the blue dress? Yes? Okay, good. Within ALL rights, THAT woman should have been arrested too!!! Between her mouth and her erratic behavior, she was definitely hindering the officers job, and her instability EASILY could have justified her being held in cuffs. YET she pranced around screeching like a hyena during the ENTIRE video. Where is the praise to RPD for not arresting and or BEATING the stuffing out of her? I know I would have had to try hard not to punch her in the face! Screw it. Who am I kidding? Id’a punched her in the face.
Really quickly, before I wrap this up, I just need to touch on the videographer?!?! Again, WHO thinks haphazardly that they should just pick up their phone and start video-taping an arrest? I think to myself: “Okay, if this were happening next door to me, what would I do? Ummmm, make sure my kids are safe. Without a doubt. I can’t lie, I’d definitely probably WATCH. I might even LAUGH. If I thought the officer was in danger, MAYBE I’d think to video-tape, but only as a benefit to the law, not the opposite. MAYBE I’d poke the bull a little bit and throw out some comments about how I love my neighbors new jewelry, depending on whether or not I liked her.”
You’ve definitely gotta wonder why this was taped in the first place? To provide a shred of defense? To have a trial dismissed? CLEARLY these are people with experience. That’s my opinion. Jump all over me, I’m off all day so I’ve got nothing but time to field the hate mail.
Is this honestly the day and age we’re in that the media will turn anything into a news piece? Shut it, I realize that is IS, yet irregardless I can’t help but hope for better. I find it awfully ironic and even interesting that most news stations only aired clips of that video. They can hardly claim to not have SEEN the entire thing, as I found it on youtube with one hand while I knitted with the other AND ate an ice cream sandwich. It was NOT hard. They made a conscious choice to air a story that would stir the most pots. How sad is that? And how sad are all the people playing into it?
BOTTOM LINE: Stay on the right side of the law and this crap won’t happen. Show some respect and this won’t happen. Protect your alleged unborn fetus and this won’t happen. Pull up your pants and don’t show your butt-crack on youtube. Mainly because that was disgusting. Amen.