Which brings us to Blue Lives Matter, an organization started last year following the ambushing of two NYC police officers in what appeared to be retaliation for one or more of the incidents between police and African Americans that dominated the news at the time. The organization seems to be doing quite well.
And yesterday the Staten Island Yankees, a New York Yankees affiliate, hosted a Blue Lives Matter event at a game with the Brooklyn Cyclones. Good for them. But of course they came in for a predictable round of criticism.
Some of the protesters probably feel they have a legitimate gripe. But after revelations about the protesters-for-hire at the Ferguson riots, one has to wonder to what extent the protesters are going to serve as a political tool in the upcoming presidential campaigns.
As for police, the ones on the street have a dangerous job, and we need to appreciate that. Most of us probably have a love/hate relationship with the police. We love to know they are there if we need them. Unfortunately, they serve at the behest of politicians. And sometimes it seems as if the laws they're enforcing are intended to raise municipal revenue rather than make us safer.