To the Editor:
Whether or not we should “militarize local police” depends on your personal perspective.
As a child growing up in a small South Carolina town, I was impressed that our local cop (affectionate tone) wore a typical cop hat, leather jacket, and more importantly, a 38 Special sidearm. His car, a black Ford sedan, was distinct only by the “bubble gum machine”-shaped light centered on the front part of the roof.
Occasionally, the whole scene was made even more impressive when I could hear the siren bleating a warning for someone to actually stop at our one traffic light.
Officer Brabham, or Mr. Brabham as he was actually addressed respectfully by local kids, was effective for the place and time in which he served. Think Mayberry RFD.
Now leap forward and have Officer Brabham serve in Killeen, or God forbid, Chicago, and he would be woefully outclassed and outgunned by local criminals.
Given the tempo of the current times, I doubt that fine gentleman and upholder of law would survive one night in today’s environment.
Whether you like it or not, cops are us.
They are our friends, and family members, and they are in “harm’s way” every time they report for duty.
If a threat exists, I want to have the most accurate and dependable weapon I can afford to protect my family and home until “Mr. Brabham” arrives.
When he/she arrives, I want him to have the authority, and instruments to protect and serve the law enforcement needs of our community.
If criminals have AK-47s, I want the cops to have M-4s and know how to use them. Also, I want the officers to have a chance to survive in a gunfight.
The government’s decision to help keep chaos at bay with armored vehicles is a reasonable start.
God bless our police.