Unintended Consequences

I recently posted the following on the website ‘Nextdoor Pleasant Garden’ with the caption “Who’s with me?”…

It has generated quite a bit of discussion. About 85% of it has been support for the message both signs show. About 10 % of it has been about supporting police but still holding them accountable for their actions. The other 5 % in the negative.

One individual, who I respectfully will not name, sent me a private message saying the post was meant to create division. To that individual I say I respectively disagree. The post was an exercise of my 1st Amendment right to speak to my beliefs and the use of existing technology and an UNCENSORED platform to do so. Had this appeared on Facebook or Twitter it would have taken down after just one complaint. As for the post itself, you can believe one, the other, both, or neither, it’s your choice. Whatever way you go just ask yourself one thing… is what I say in reply to the opinion of others a statement of my position or a snarky, personal attack in which I display my ignorance.

Do I believe the police are infallible? No. Do I believe there are bad police? Yes. Should questionable actions taken by a LEO be investigated by a qualified third party? Yes. All of that does not mean I need to lump all LEOs together and based on the action of a very small minority not show them the respect and support they need and deserve. Based on what I’m seeing all LEOs are being unjustifiably painted with a broad brush, something that should not happen to ANY group of people. Everyone has a right to be judged as an individual based on their individual actions, words and deeds.

Some of the replies to posts have become personal attacks. That is something that no private citizen deserves or should endure. If you choose to put yourself into the public domain (as I have) then you have declared yourself an open target and should be prepared to be pummeled.

Again I will say, whatever way you go just ask yourself one thing… is what I say in reply to the opinion of others a statement of my position or a snarky, personal attack in which I display my ignorance.

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