Don’t Want To See (You) Unless You’re Needed

A few days ago, 6 police officers in Tempe Arizona before shift, paying for coffee (and not for free) were asked to leave a Starbucks.  Why7?  Because a paying patron, (same as the officers, who paid for their coffee) was uncomfortable have them inside.

A complaint was made to the management and the officers were asked to leave.  How ironic this is for “What If”, this location was being robbed, would they call the police?  Or better yet, what if a woman in a burka was to walk in, (having every right to do so, according to the supposed rights of all Americans), and being dressed in her everyday black head cover head to toe, with only her eyes showing was asked to leave.  Would she be asked to leave if a customer felt uncomfortable because of her dress?  I highly doubt it.

This is becoming a common theme – it seems as many on the left and perhaps a few on the right do not care, nor like our Commander In Chief, that it rolls over to the hatred being fuelled by the hatred and bigotry growing in our country faster than weeds growing in one’s lawn.

Like the Colin Kaepernick and Nike issue of shoes with the American Flag from our History books, being discarded as though it held no place in our history as Americans; Nike bows to the request to have the shoes removed.  Where would Nike or Kaepernick be if it were not for the freedom and opportunities afforded to them within the walls of the United States of America?   The Women’s USA Soccer Team, who are promoting dislike for the America in which they live by boycotting a trip to the White House.

I am so tired of how our men and women in uniform of all categories are treated, and yet, if you removed everyone who wore a uniform such as Military, Border Patrol, First Responders, that no doubt, chaos would ensue and our country would deteriorate into total carnage.

Note: On November 29, 2009, four police officers of Lakewood, Washington were fatally shot at a coffee shop while they worked on laptops.

Where is the support for these Police Officers from the general public?  Where is the support in speaking out for the degradation of our Military?  Are we afraid to speak up?

We hear it on the news of how we should be proud of men and women who put their life on the line every day to keep our streets safe and our country safe.  Yet, we don’t see groups in support of these men and women forming like Antifa, who try nearly every opportunity to disrupt gatherings of Free Speech.  I am sick inside as the country I grew up in is fading away a little each day.  I will continue in whatever way I can to speak out about this imbalance of injustice and liberty.  I have no doubt if the owner of Starbucks, or the patrons inside sipping on their $5 dollar Lattes, would not call the police should they need to.  Granted, Starbucks apologized, but in the end, the insult stays.

I am Catholic, I love my faith and every reading of the Gospels speaks of having the courage to speak out on truth, be not afraid, as Christ will call us all to be accountable for what we did or did not do.


Lynn Forrester-Pitocco
Lynn Forrester-Pitocco
LYNN is Retired from Law Enforcement as a Police Officer, with a background in nursing and previously a member of the Search and Rescue Team with the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department, A retired member of the Orange Police Department, she became the first female SWAT member on an elite team while becoming a member of the Olympic Shooting Team during the early years on the department. A mother and a grandmother, a devout Catholic who currently resides in Houston, Texas. Her hobbies include writing, painting, and a contemplative prayer life. She is in love with her faith, but the love she carries for her two grown children and grandchildren who rest in her heart surpasses everything except her faith in God. Since retirement, Lynn has done private investigation, worked as a gang counselor with middle schools, A member of Bl. Mother Teresa’s Order called the (Lay Missionaries of Charity), she is also a pro-life advocate, often called upon to give testimony and speak to youth groups, as well as adult forums. She has published a children’s book entitled “The Children’s Garden” and is currently working on two additional children’s books. She is currently working on the major one focused on her experience in Law Enforcement entitled “Heels and a Badge”. (copyright). Her paintings and sketches, writings, can be viewed on her Pinterest boards (click on the Pinterest ICON below). Her dream is to one-day write a movie for Hallmark. Dreams do come true … See Lynn’s entire collection of thought-provoking Articles by clicking on her byline. Lynn is a contributing author to the inspiring book Chaos to Clarity: Sacred Stories of Transformational Change.

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  1. Never sure the intent of a piece like this but, I’ll respond with the assumption it’s a question asking for a real answer.

    First, I probably agree with you on most issues and also agree asking cops to leave is silly.

    But your question is “why the response to them in the first place.”

    Certainly there is simple hatred from the left toward anything…seen as right (not sure that phrase is right), like police, military, border, guns, etc.

    But, to me, police have built this reputation. i saw an interview with a sheriff after a cop killer was shot 116 (or some number times). “It would have been more except they ran out of bullets.” That is a group of psychopaths. An area of town I was in was shut down because someone shot at a cop. wouldn’t happen if someone shot at or murdered a civilian. Apparently they are special. I’m of no importance in their world.

    What about stop and frisk? Obviously unconstitutional and abhorrent. Yet done by hundreds/thousands of cops and then defended.

    Cops exemplify an “Us Vs Them” attitude and policy constantly. Why be surprised that so many consider “Them not part of Us”? With video cameras showing the reality that has always been there, it is not possible to hide such behavior. Of course, many cops then aggressively “request” that filming stop. As law enforcement and their supporters often say, “If you’ve got nothing to hide, what are you afraid of?”

    The list goes on.

    Cops, who are given massive power and leeway to alter, destroy, or end people’s lives with the goal of protecting society should be held to the highest standards. Currently their standards of behavior are way below the general populace (SCOTUS decided a while ago that cops weren’t responsible for knowing the laws…even though the general population is??? That’s their friggin’ job!). Until that changes, they will not earn the respect they should get. Because, yes, we have designed a society where cops are necessary.

    All that is the intellectual discussion. Bottom line? Disparity of treatment of different groups (real or apparent). Video of cops treating individuals viciously and violently. Cops getting off from what any sane person would call abuse. Stories from people “inside” about how hard it is to report a “bad cop” including people I know personally. And almost 100% defense of these actions by the cops.

    *I know this is too long. I wanted to give an honest response in the expectation you were honestly asking the question.

    • Dear Anonymous, First, thank you for taking the time to express your view on this article or piece. That’s the beauty of our country to be able to express views. I will respond as is courteous to do so, but only once.
      First, you stated that you probably agree with most of the issues I referenced and that asking cops to leave is silly. Glad we both agree.
      I am not certain I am clear on “why the response to them (who are you referring to?) is. You are correct in my opinion that there is a simple hatred from the left toward anything these days, and seems to be increasing.
      You say police have built this reputation. I could say that those who choose to break the law repeatedly have also built their reputation on their behavior.
      The police officer who shot 116 number of times, and making the statement he or she did was certainly out of line and making the comment stated deserves reprimand; possibly counseling, perhaps the loss of his or her job.
      To use the word psychopaths could apply as well to the following:
      *Police Officer is Murdered for Her Uniform
      *Bodycam Shows Suspect Shoot Officer 4 Times
      *Officer Killed in North Sacramento
      *NYC Officer Killed while sitting in Police Car, the list goes on.
      In a way your right that it is “US vs Them” in trying to keep civilians safe in their own cities because of gangs and those who want to do harm. Thank God for body cams in order to start bringing to light exactly what happens, so that people don’t rush to judgment.
      Until you yourself or those that feel as you do step into the shoes of those who protect and serve before passing judgment on the majority that is good, the views will always be distorted. The comment about not knowing the laws of the land is true, we are trained to know the laws to protect. Is everyone who enters the career of Law Enforcement the right candidate? “NO” 10 % of the population in various fields and careers don’t belong, but we look at the majority who are where they are supposed to be. Bottom line, your response deteriorates what seems to be an agreement that there seems to be simple hate from the left that makes it seem as though you may carry this view too. I would say that your opinion has validation in certain areas that make sense, but the vast number of people in this country do respect Law Enforcement and can recognize the bad from the good, as I am sure you would with a little more thought and interaction, as is evident at the beginning of your response.

  2. I fully support all of our first responders as well as our military. Freedom is not free (bumper sticker) still rings true.

    I personally meet and greet all uniform personnel with my thanks and with my continued prayers.

    Well stated Nightingale!