This is the saddest story I have read in some time:
This past weekend, an Everett boy was left under a capsized boat for 40 minutes as game wardens and police stood by and watched.
The boy has died.
Why didn’t they help him?
Because Law Enforcement was out on the water that day to do one thing and one thing only:
Write tickets and collect revenue.
Saving lives was not an option, just writing tickets. These are the people who “risk their lives for our safety”. These are the people whose wives stand on the corner and chastise us peons for being cynical. These are the people some of you call heroes.
Note that this is not “a few bad eggs”. This is law enforcement protocol. There were a whopping 4 officers who stood by, including two trained divers!
The only people to jump in and risk their lives were three concerned civilian onlookers.
In this day and age, civilians don’t really have a protective force. We’re completely on our own. In 2011, police are tax collectors. They are not public servants, they are government servants.
I’ve said this before, and I’ve been called all kinds of names for saying so, but maybe now you’ll believe me.
Everett Police have stated that they will not review their policies. Apparently, they are satisfied with the outcome.
In any event, kudos to the civilians for doing what they could.
The rest of you, look out for each other out there.
We’re all we’ve got.