“To Protect & To Serve” is a motto of the Los Angeles Police Department. The motto has since been adopted by many law enforcement and service agencies across the United States.
November 6, 2002, the television science fiction program series, Twilight Zone, aired an episode called “To Protect and Serve”.
Canada developed a documentary television series, “To Serve and Protect,” and the Japanese produced an animated television series “A.D. Police: To Protect and Serve.”
Using the motto brings security and peace of mind when a person is in dire need of protection, but from a law enforcement official(s)?
So where did it go wrong or has it gone wrong?
Citizen Journalist Recording:
The nanny camera was the pioneer in recording questionable behavior in homes when parents suspected that their baby or child was being mistreated.
A heightened awareness of recent serious events of police and border agent abuses have surfaced because of the average but alert Citizen Journalist armed with a good recording device–either a cell phone or a car mounted dashboard camera (sometimes hidden) which otherwise would not have come to the forefront of known or questionable but provable abuses.
This act by the Citizen Journalist have some questioning their own safety and possible retaliation and or even arrest for recording and releasing the recorded footage.
Freddie Carlos Grey, Jr., Baltimore, Maryland:
From a simple traffic stop gone wrong: “50-year-old Walter Lamar Scott was killed early Saturday morning April 4, 2015, at 9:30 a.m. during a routine daytime traffic stop, a broken tail light on his Mercedes Benz, in an incident gone wrong” to Sunday, April 19, 2015, 25-year-old Freddie Grey from Baltimore, Maryland, died one week after being arrested April 12, 2012, after a foot chase by the police leaving many questioning including a very angry Baltimore Mayor: what happened while in police custody?
What is known is that Freddie Grey’s spine suffered an 80% severe spinal injury suggesting “forceful trauma” by medical experts. Police said that Freddie Grey was carrying a knife and arrested without “force or incident.” (source: BaltimoreSun.com)
As in the Walter Lamar Scott death, an alert quick eyewitness, a Citizen Journalist, armed with a cell phone video camera also recorded the Freddie Grey arrest:
Police Brutality Freddie Gray now DEAD
(Baltimore Maryland) April 2015
Six police officers have been suspended pending an internal investigation into the incident with local leaders calling for an official investigaton from the Department of Justice.
A downloadable pdf identified the victim as Freddie Carlos Grey Jr, is available for viewing on the arresting Police Officer’s Application for Statement of Charges. The “charging documents” states, in part:
“…the above named defendant fled unprovoked upon noticing police presence. The Defendant was apprehended in the 1700 Block of Presbury St. after a brief foot chase. This officer noticed a Knife clipped to the inside of his front right pants pocket. The defendant was arrested without force or incident. The Knife was recovered and found to be a spring assisted one hand operated knife.
During transport to Western District via wagon transport, the Defendant suffered a medical emergency and was immediately transported to Shock Trauma via medic.”
This van ride is now the focus of an investigation into Grey’s death. What really happened during this fatal van ride?
From one extreme situation as in the Freddie Carlos Grey, Jr. incident, to the unconscious man being dragged from a burning car by two conscientious police officers who saved a man’s life surfaces. The dashcam footage shows Texas police rescuing an unconscious man from a flaming SUV on 19th April 2015:
Unconscious man dragged from
burning car by police, USA
This incident personifies what’s right, “To Protect & To Serve,” image and philosophy. This type of police work will gain the confidence, trust and faith of a community.
The Watchman & His Message:
The Word of the Lord:
“Again the word of the Lord came to me, saying, 2 “Son of man, speak to the children of your people, and say to them: ‘When I bring the sword upon a land, and the people of the land take a man from their territory and make him their watchman, 3 when he sees the sword coming upon the land, if he blows the trumpet and warns the people, 4 then whoever hears the sound of the trumpet and does not take warning, if the sword comes and takes him away, his blood shall be on his own head. 5 He heard the sound of the trumpet, but did not take warning; his blood shall be upon himself. But he who takes warning will save his life. 6 But if the watchman sees the sword coming and does not blow the trumpet, and the people are not warned, and the sword comes and takes any person from among them, he is taken away in his iniquity; but his blood I will require at the watchman’s hand.’” (Ezekiel 33:1-6)
It’s noted that the use of recording devices is changing what the public sees, hears and does wherein historically, recording and reporting wasn’t being practiced as intensely.
Video recording devices will and do act as a “warning” to the people, indicative of what’s good and what’s bad including the courage of the Watchman, a Citizen Journalist, and his accountability, to record and report to the righteous law enforcement officer “to protect and to serve.”
Be safe, be blessed.