Everything else is broken in Washington, D.C. Why would it surprise us that their cops can’t remember to retrieve their personal “piece” after going to the bathroom? These are men and women who provide security for the Capitol and all its occupants and visitors. Yet at least three this year they’ve left their gun where anyone could find and fire it. A child found one of them.
A cop’s weapon is his lifeline, so much a part of him it’s an added layer of skin. It’s his, and our, sole protection against the bad guys. It’s what distinguishes him from all civilians. We don’t have to wear holsters and guns because he does. It’s the “piece” he keeps with him at all times, even when off-duty. It’s what he surrenders to anyone only if he’s unconscious or dead.
Yet, D.C. cops can’t even retrieve it from the stool, or floor, or sink after using the restroom? And the Police Chief has to give them “lessons” on how to go to the bathroom so they won’t forget to re-arm after each nature call? How can you “educate” what should be “instinctive”?
The Chief said he was considering increasing the five-day suspension for offending cops to thirty-day suspensions for the first offense, and termination for any added violation. “Considering”? Do it. San Diego Union-Tribune, 5/21/15
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Isn’t there a spiritual lesson in this story? Yes, indeed. Policemen must be judged by the law they represent and enforce. We can only say to them, “C’mon, guys, get your act together or you’re fired!”
Christians are judged by the far-more merciful Grace Jesus Christ provides. We can always say to ourselves, “C’mon, guys, repent of your sin, confess it to Jesus, and get back out there and try, try, again!”