This morning I'm taking it easy - sitting and doing a little bit of hand sewing on a quilt. I've got the Internet scanner on. I don't bother with listening to police calls for my little suburb as usually on a weekday the most exciting thing going on are the writing of speeding tickets. The scanner is set for Minneapolis, which is usually pretty action packed.
When there is bad weather, particularly cold and wind, a dispatcher will periodically relay that information to those officers out in their squad cars. About an hour ago the temperature was -9 with a wind chill of -30.
About 20 minutes ago one of the dispatchers called a squad car that was close to the police station downtown. She said that there was a homeless man wrapped up in a sleeping bag huddled in the doorway of the building across the street. She said that it was probably the same man that usually slept in that spot, but he hadn't moved all morning and she was worried about his condition. Would the officers please check on him.
About 10 minutes later the officers called the dispatcher back to report that the homeless man was OK. They had tried to get him inside out of the cold, but he had refused help. Apparently they had tried to help him on other occasions and the man wouldn't let them. The dispatcher said she would watch to make sure he was OK until the end of her shift.
Now I don't know what the police are like in New York or Los Angeles or Ferguson, Missouri. I just know what they are like here. Here they check on homeless people and try to get them out of the freezing weather. Sometimes they can help. Sometimes the homeless don't want to be helped, but just want to be left alone. But the police try.
So Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson and all of those people who feel the need to protest police brutality, you might want to look elsewhere for a place to do your race baiting and your police badmouthing. The kind of thing that happened today is not an isolated incident in my neck of the woods. It is the norm.
All we ever hear about is the bad. Maybe some of the good that most of these officers do should be publicized as much as the bad that the few do. Seems only fair.