While Democrats decry law enforcement and push for more de-funding of police departments, last night, my neighborhood learned how necessary these people are.
I recently moved from a Dallas suburb to a neighboring town. Wife and I still have much to clear out of the old house and last night we were there packing some things. After a couple of trips out to the car with boxes and bags of clothes I noticed a car parked across the street with the motor running. Almost an hour later, I took a couple of boxes to the car and noticed the vehicle was still parked with the motor still running. It was too dark to see if anyone was in the car and several thoughts came to mind: someone parked the car and unintentionally left it running; someone was in the car, perhaps sick or dead; or someone was in the car watching for a target to rob.
Around nine, I called the local police department and reported what I had seen and my concerns. The dispatcher told me that an officer would be by as soon as one was available. Wife and were upstairs packing and had an unobstructed view of the street below. Twenty minutes later, an officer arrived and stopped to look inside. He then proceeded up the street, turned around and pulled up behind the car. He approached the parked car with a flashlight-a very bright light- and looked in the car through the driverís side window, the windshield and into the back through the side and back windows. From our vantage, we could not see if anyone was in the vehicle, but we could hear the motor still running.
At this point, the officer returned to his car and apparently called for back-up; within a few minutes he was joined by two additional officers. It was then that he apparently was able to arouse the driver, a young woman wearing her face mask, who opened the window and began to talk to the officer and answer questions, give him her proof of insurance and drivers license. He then had her exit the vehicle and patted her down as the other officers began a search of the vehicle.
After twenty minutes of talking with the woman, he began administering some sobriety tests: walking the straight line; following a light with her eyes; standing on one foot for a period of time. It was apparent, even to us, watching from a second story window at night, she was either drunk or on some substance. All the while, the other officers continued a search of the vehicle. By now, approximately an hour and a half had passed since I first noticed the vehicle parked with its motor running.
Then, as the first officer on the scene cuffed the woman, and placed her in the back seat of his car, one of the other officers opened the back door of the womanís car and removed the baby that had apparently been sleeping in the back seat. It appeared to be a toddler, probably a year old, which the officer then wrapped in a blanket from inside the car and took the child into the warmth of his cruiser.
Iím sure some folks would question my actions-perhaps consider them actions of a snoopy neighbor. And, in some liberal jurisdictions which have already begun to severely cut funds to local law enforcement departments, an incident of this nature may have had fatal consequences. As I watched the drama play out, I thought about those officers who, on this night, rescued a baby. And then I wondered, what kind of life was this baby rescued to? Perhaps some responsible family member will step up and give the child a good and loving home.
The irony of this episode then surfaced. The same liberals who despise law enforcement, also display malice toward babies by their rabid endorsement of genocide. At least this baby had escaped the latter fate and was allowed to be born, and on this night, had escaped the liberal vendetta through rescue by some good cops just doing their job.© Jim Terry
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