America's Police Becoming
By James Donahue
There was a scary story
that occurred in Baltimore. A young couple in town to attend an athletic event got lost and then arrested
because they hailed a police officer to ask directions.
As the story is told,
Joshua Kelly and Llara Brook, of Chantilly, Virginia,
got caught in the heavy traffic while making their way out of the parking lot after attending an Orioles game on Saturday.
After getting on the streets of Baltimore, the couple found
themselves lost and confused in their efforts to find a route out of town.
When they saw a police
car standing along the road ahead, Kelly stopped his vehicle, walked up to the squad car and asked the female officer seated
in it for her help. Instead of doing her job as the public servant an officer is hired to be, this particular Baltimore cop, Natalie Preston, arrested Kelley for trespassing on a public street. When
Brook protested she also was apprehended.
The two spent the night
locked up in the city jail.
When they were released
the next day, they discovered that the officer left their car unlocked and with a window open in the police impound yard.
The vehicle had been vandalized, with a cell phone charter, a pair of sunglasses and 20 CDs stolen.
The story is a dramatic
illustration of something most Americans are discovering, often under similar circumstances, with more intensity each passing
year. There is a growing separation between police and the general public. America
has become a police state.
There was a time when
police were hired to protect and serve. Today they exist as enforcers of the law. And there is a distinct difference.
People who are aware
of the change have a saying now. If you are in trouble, the last thing you want to do is call the police. They will only aggravate
the problem rather than help matters.
Joshua Kelley and Llara
Brook would have been better served if they had stopped at an all-night service station or party store and asked for directions,
rather than approach a police car.
The moment they made
contact with that uniformed and armed officer, they became victims of the enforcer. And as they learned, there appears to
be a law to violate with every move we make these days.
The couple filed a complaint
with the Baltimore Police Department. They were told that the department would investigate the incident. That they took their
story to the media may do more good. But it may not. The wedge between police and the public has gotten very hard of late.