ABC-TV finds 20 bad cops, can’t find the million good cops

With the millions of outstanding police officers in America, why did ABC choose to highlight 20 bad ones? Photo: ap

NEW YORK, October 5, 2013 – Need help? Call a hippie.

ABC-TV’s edition of 20/20 on Friday did cop-haters a big favor by focusing on 20 law enforcement officers throughout the country who were caught speeding for no good reason. Then came the tweets pouring it on, one that read, “Cops are not special.”

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Yes they are special.

These officers who were trapped breaking the law were indeed absolutely wrong. They should be held accountable.

But why give all of law enforcement the same black eye?  How about some balance, like mentioning the million officers throughout the land who on a typical day and without fanfare patrol our homes, businesses, streets and highways, all the while risking their lives for our sakes – and forget gratitude as they perform their duties in heroic silence.

Each time an officer stops a car on a small road or a big highway his or her life is immediately in jeopardy. Anybody could be driving that car. Recently we saw a driver get out and start shooting, creating another case of officer down. This is no exception and too often the rule.

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Those of us who live comfy in our homes are blissfully unaware that for police officers, it is a jungle out there. It is war. 

When you are out on patrol it may as well be Afghanistan.

Daily, cops face life and death split decisions that the rest of us know nothing about. That car weaving up ahead could be a man having a heart attack.

Or it could be a terrorist.

But when there is trouble, whom do we call? We do not call Noam Chomsky or ABC-News. We call the emergency numbers. Who responds? Cops respond, and even if you are a cop hater, but an intruder has broken into your home, the cops will speed to your address and take a bullet for you even as you cower in the closet.

We are a nation of more than 300 million, most of us great Americans, but among us walk a generation of lowlifes. They stalk our streets.

Without law enforcement and the officers who answer the call our towns and cities would be desolate and chaotic.

Take a tour on Google under “Cops saving lives” and you will find hundreds of cases, week by week, of cops risking their own lives to save us from ourselves.

Where was that part of the story from 20/20?

During a blizzard some time ago, friends of ours were stuck on a highway, moments from freezing to death. They called 9-11. The roads were treacherous. The husband happened to be a professor known for his left-leaning tendencies, and for his hatred for the police. But the police arrived, as they always do. Cops saved him.

Asked if he had changed his mind, he said, “No. They’re just doing their job.”

That’s right, pal. They are just doing their job.

For that, they are special. Very special.

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Jack Engelhard enjoys international fame as a novelist for such moral dilemma bestsellers as The Bathsheba Deadline, The Girls of Cincinnati, and the classic Indecent Proposal, which was turned into film starring Robert Redford and Demi Moore. His memoir Escape From Mount Moriah has been acclaimed for excellence and a movie version was an official selection at CANNES. Slot Attendant – A Novel About A Novelist is Engelhard’s partly autobiographical expose about the trials of making it as a writer. Engelhard’s journalism covers all topics, with special focus on  the absurdity of human behavior, and reaches around the globe. He can be contacted at


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