Blue Byline

A cop's perspective of the news and South Sound matters



Cop’s compassion shouldn’t be a surprise

The video of a bedraggled homeless man sitting on the cold concrete, his blistered feet exposed to the night time elements, should be nothing new to anyone who has spent even a moment in an urban environment. However, when a young New York City police officer approached and offered the unfortunate man a new pair of boots, the cell phone video went viral.

According to one article (The Blaze 11/29), the video taken by an Arizona tourist, Jennifer Foster, has been viewed over 1.6 million times. Just as significant, NYPD Officer Lawrence DePrimo’s random act of

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NYPD’s “Muslim-watch” may be legal, but still worth examining

“The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.”  Franklin Roosevelt

FDR’s famous quote, made during a bank panic in 1933, turned out to be both prophetic and ironic. In the weeks following the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, the Oval Office must have resounded with the phrase, “the end justifies the means.” That would best describe the rationale for FDR’s internment of Japanese-Americans for the duration of WWII. The proclamation was a capitulation to the fear-mongering and racist sentiments of a country at war.

Fast forward to post 9/11 New York City and it seems likely a similar

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