You know, as a mom, I don’t give much leeway in areas that negatively impact the safety of our children. When it comes to that, things are typically black and white with me. There is no gray area.
I recently came across this video (from 2013) of a mom who jeopardized, not only the lives of her children, but, also the lives of the officers involved in this incident, and the lives of the community where this incident took place.
Take a look at this foolishness…
Because I have (adult) children on the roads, I am against police chases where there are innocent people driving or walking about, but, in this case, I feel the officers were justified and I couldn’t wait for them to apprehend her. (The fact that she thought she could get away from them, points to her level of intelligence…so maybe I should cut her a little slack here. Nawwww, I don’t think I will. YOU CAN’T GET AWAY FROM THE POLICE!)
The officer who initially stopped her was one of the most patient people I’ve ever seen; he was also respectful and kind. The fact that he stood on the side of the road for so long, giving her every opportunity to just make a choice as to how she wanted to handle the little citation, even while knowing that she was driving with an expired drivers license, puts his generosity on full display. I’m sure that we’re all familiar with the old adage “No good deed goes unpunished.” Well, it applied ten-fold in this case.
I speak quite often about the behaviors of children and I firmly believe that the way that our children are, is a direct result of what they witness from our own behavior. My daughters would have never gotten out of the car to confront authority. Now, had this officer been wrongfully assaulting this mom, then I could understand the son getting out to assist her…or, coming to her defense. That’s a natural instinct of sons…no matter how big or small, they want to defend their moms. But, the video offers solid proof that this mom was in the wrong, and the officer, in my opinion, went above and beyond in his quest to get her and her kids safely back on their way. Sadly, expecting this mom to realize that, was asking just a little too much.
Upon further research on this event, I was, and still am, outraged to find that this woman received ONLY 6 months of unsupervised probation. THAT’S IT! Talk about getting off with just a slap on the wrist.
I was further outraged to find that the officer (who was clearly firing at the tires of the vehicle) was fired for doing so. YES, I SAID THAT! Was that a poor choice that he made, firing towards a vehicle with children inside? Yes, of course it was, but, he should not have lost his job over it. He was trying to stop a criminal. Where was his slap on the wrist? Had they run out when it came time to judge his actions? (Hmmmm…maybe he should have gotten in line before her).
The justice system failed miserably in the punishment of this mom. Allowing her back on the street with only that slap on the wrist, was a slap in the face for all who insist upon and who fight for justice at all times, and in all situations.
You know, I’m not naive by any measure. I am very aware that there are dirty cops in the world – probably more than we can wrap our minds around. But, the officer who stopped this woman, clearly does not fall in that number.
We are living in a new day and age where everything around us is different. The world is moving so fast and with technology, sometimes it’s hard to not get swept up into what’s going on online, when our sole focus should be on the proper rearing of our children. Believe me, Facebook, Instagram, Snap-chat and all the other forums some of you live on for entertainment and for sharing all of your personal life, aren’t that important when you have kids to raise. Remember, parenting is your most important job. (And, if you’re a parent and it’s not…God bless your child and the world around them).
Parents, WAKE UP! This woman could have cost her child his life with the stupid decisions she made. She could have lost all of her children during that chase – again, because of her stupid choices.
This was not a race issue as I noticed a few comments that hinted at such. This was all about right and wrong…and that mom, 100% WRONG; the justice system – 100% WRONG.
I know – I’m living inside of a bubble if I think that all the wrongs made in this world can somehow magically be made right. But, that will never stop me from trying to make our world a better place, by first, getting everyone to agree that it all starts at home with US and second, that we should all learn to respect and care deeply about our fellow man.
OK, climbing down from my high-horse now. What do you think about this video? Do you think this mom was sentenced fairly? Should that officer have lost his job for firing at the tires with the kids inside? I’d love to hear your opinion.
Thanks for dropping in!