August 03, 2015

All Lives Matter

I'm not in a good mood today. Everything that could go wrong has gone wrong. My debit card number was stolen. Someone used my card four times at two different Walmarts in North Carolina. Thankfully, my bank's fraud department caught it and alerted me. I'll get the funds back and receive a new card. It's still a nightmare and a huge pain in my ass though. I also got some unfortunate news about cheer. I won't go into the details. Just know that some major changes weren't communicated to us in a timely manner. Now we're scrambling before our season kicks off in two weeks. Fun times!

However, my problems seem minimal compared to the evil in our world. A Memphis policeman, Ofc. Sean Bolton, was killed in the line of duty on Saturday. It should have been a routine traffic stop. Instead, a man out on supervised release for armed bank robbery, shot and killed Ofc. Bolton. I have so much respect for the men and women who put on bullet proof vests for me every day. Why doesn't everyone else?

I could get into a huge rant, but I'm going to keep it simple.

Not all cops are assholes.
Not all cops are murderers.
Not all cops have an agenda.

And to quote Memphis Police Director Toney Armstrong, "As a community we say so often as a theme — black lives matter. And at the end of the day, we have to ask ourselves, do all lives matter? Regardless of race, creed, color, economic status, what profession that person holds, all lives matter. And this is just a reminder of how dangerous this job is."

RIP Sean Bolton
United States Marine
Memphis Police Officer


Allena said...

It frustrates me that the media wants to portray the few cops that do something bad instead of focusing on the 99% of cops who are upstanding people doing something most of us couldn't. I have MAD respect for the military, police officers, fire fighters and hate when they are portrayed unfairly. We had a police officer killed locally a few weeks ago - a light was out and he was directing traffic and someone who was drunk at 10:00 AM ran into him and killed him. He had 2 small children. Just breaks my heart. I am awed that with all the evil in our world, we have so many people willing to stand up and try to make it a better place. RIP Officer Bolton.

Karen Peterson said...

I'm so sorry about your debit card. That's so frustrating!

And the story about this police officer just makes me so sick. I can't imagine what his family is going through right now.

Christine AKA Girl Versus Kitchen said...

I think the message should be that yes, we know all police officers are not bad people. However, we need to not belittle the fact that there are police officers who ARE bad people.

Yes, of course, all lives matter, but we need to focus and remember on the lives that keep getting trampled on, belittled, and made to be second-class citizens. That is the entire point of the "black lives matter" slogan.

My two cents. I am glad you know police officers who are good people. I'm glad the majority of them seem to be this way.

Unknown said...

Sorry to hear about your troubles yesterday! I've had my credit card number stolen, but the fraud department caught it! Also, I agree with "ALL lives matter!" Not just one race...ALL!!!

Jasmine P said...

This is a great post. Thanks for sharing!

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johnnyp said...

all lives matter, too bad not more people see it this way. Our world has too much violence. Police are people too some good and some not so much. A profession does not make a person.

Christina said...

Ugh! We just had credit card fraud and had to switch everything over. It's a huge hassle, feels like such a violation, and it happens all the frickin time now.

There are six cops in my family and they are good, brave people. These sort of new stories terrify me. I wish those few bad cops (and bad police departments) didn't give them all a bad name. Social and well, regular media, emphasis the negative in everything. (But on the other hand, I'm glad they get called out).