The American people have a complicated relationship with law enforcement these days, but the latest news from one Starbucks store is completely unbelievable.
Over the course of the last few decades, and thanks in no small part to the increased availability of photo and video recording technology, our nation is being bombarded with evidence of police officers acting questionably. Some have erroneously taken this to mean that American police forces are systematically churning out bad apples whose sole purpose is to wreak havoc on the unsuspecting populace they are sworn to serve and protect.
The truth is much more complicated.
Let’s use baseball as an example. In this vast and longstanding institution of America, we have some inarguably bad hombres who played the game. Ty Cobb, for instance, was a racist who liked to slide spikes-up into opposing defenders. John Rocker was a similarly bigoted athlete. Mark McGwire and Barry Bonds both cheated their way to their own distinctions as well.
But these are only four men in an enormous field of players who otherwise play respectfully and by the rules. We remember them only because infamy is a distinguishing characteristic that tends to stick on our memory banks, but no one is calling for the abolishment of baseball, nor are modern baseball players being targeted for vitriol because of the actions of the aforementioned characters.
With police, however, the entire fraternal order has been judged by the actions of those few and far between bad actors.
Now, this bizarre belief has manifested itself in one of the most disheartening stories of the week.
Some police officers in Tempe, Ariz., say they were asked to leave a Starbucks coffee shop on the Fourth of July because a customer complained they “did not feel safe” with the cops present, according to reports.
Five officers were drinking coffee at the Starbucks location prior to their shift beginning when a barista asked them to move out of the complaining customer’s line of sight or else leave, the Tempe Officers Association wrote in a series of Twitter messages.
The police aren’t taking the diss lying down.
The police union also posted a series of Twitter messages about the incident.
“This treatment of public safety workers could not be more disheartening,” the union wrote. “While the barista was polite, making such a request at all was offensive. Unfortunately, such treatment has become all too common in 2019.”
The solution to this issue will likely be a complicated one, as police forces around the nation work to reassure the population that the actions of a few wayward officers is not indicative of the vast majority of brave men and women wearing the badge.Don't forget to Like Freedom Outpost on Facebook, Google Plus, & Twitter. You can also get Freedom Outpost delivered to your Amazon Kindle device here.