5 May 2015
When two Muslim thugs fired on Garland Police officers as the Muhammad Art Contest drew to a close, a policeman fired back, killing both. This was a good outcome for the Garland Police Department, a good outcome for Texas courts and a good outcome for citizens. There will be no costly, multi million-dollar trial(s). Texas Department of Corrections (TDC) won’t come up short on chemicals to administer capital punishment and, in the end, Garland Police fulfilled the most fundamental duty of all governing authorities: securing the rights of citizens attending the event. As far as I can see, it was a fitting end to two would-be mass murderers. The sad note for the Muslim attackers was an almost immediate discovery there are no hordes of virgins awaiting them at their destination.
The above said, kudos to Garland Police on a job well done.
A second reason I write this morning is to address another matter. In particular, verbal instructions to citizens being evacuated by Garland LEO.
One news person reported how police ordered persons outside the building, “Get in the f-ing building.”
Frequently via the social portal of Facebook, citizens post videos of interactions between law enforcement officers and citizens in which the “f-ing” adjective comes forth. A few points on this adjective abuse.
- This has been the norm in Chicago for as many years as I can remember. I’ve been visiting that city-state within the Land of Lincoln for over 40 years. The f-word spills from the lips of Chicago cops as naturally as breathing. Rest assured, profane law enforcement don’t contribute any value to the quality of community life.
- In this day and age, it is imperative we all strive to cultivate civil respectful relationships between citizens and law enforcement officers.
- “F-ing” isn’t a proper term, neither adjective, pronoun, article or adverb.
What is an “F-ing”?
Does it mean “wide”, “double”, “single”, “open” – exactly how does the f-word improve interpersonal communications, even in an emergency?
I remember doing a contract for Enron in Ponce, Puerto Rico some years ago. All our Puerto Rican system operators spoke only Spanish. When Enron construction workers wanted to communicate with them, they would speak slowly, speak loudly and use a lot of profanity. However, I can say with authority those Spanish-speaking system operators had no clue as to what the Enron people wanted from them.
Here locally in the City of Rockwall, our CARGO Rockwall Gun Club has as one stated objective this cultivation of mutual respect.
My encouragement to all law enforcement heads that all police department employees, whether law enforcement officer, janitor or dispatcher, be trained in proper use of language toward the goal of setting themselves ABOVE stressful circumstances.
Let no foul or polluting language, nor evil word nor unwholesome or worthless talk [ever] come out of your mouth, but only such [speech] as is good and beneficial to the spiritual progress of others, as is fitting to the need and the occasion, that it may be a blessing and give grace (God’s favor) to those who hear it. – Ephesians 4:29 AMP
F-ing is truly not a useful adjective.