EDITORIAL — We at The Portland Intelligencer believe it is only appropriate, today, to salute the brave men and women of the Omaha, Nebraska Police Department. They are charged with the dangerous task of patrolling and pacifying the great American battlefield, which they do selflessly for paltry salaries ranging from $65,000-$100,000. They oftentimes do this job thanklessly; the politically-convenient target of politicians, newspapers, and sanctimonious activists alike.
The Omaha Police Department is nothing less than the
blue black armor-clad line between freedom and anarchy. They are the thin veneer of civilization, draped over us for our own well-being. It’s well past time that they — finally — get their due, for all that they have done.
It’s true, that all of this began because a police officer — one Bradley Canterbury, a noble hero’s moniker if there ever were one — initiated senseless violence against someone for absolutely no reason, other than the belief that he could get away with it. It’s true, that this was over nothing but a minor parking dispute. And, it’s true: four members of the Johnson family were viciously — professionally — assaulted, despite having committed no crime, and simply because two of them filmed what was happening.
But these factoids alone do not excuse that unfathomable sin, of which — as the video clearly shows — this bunch is certainly guilty. Their assertion of sovereign rights… Their lack of complete and total humble submission! We can clearly see that the emboldened Omaha P.D. cannot help but be sickened as they grind their prey underfoot, beneath the righteous jack-boot of the law — and is there a single one of us who is not moved to feel sympathy for these officers?
But we have not yet even approached the core of this family’s multi-generational dynasty of crime: their mere existence. And they have the unmitigated gall to claim “innocence” — scurrying into the eager, waiting, liberal arms of the ACLU?
Let us not forget the primum movens that set forth this chain of events, which placed Omaha’s finest in harm’s way. Let us not forget that, by his own admission, Octavius Johnson’s vehicle license tags had expired. By their own admission, his brothers — Juaquez and Demetrius — did film Officer Canterbury, as he choked, tackled, punched and otherwise walloped Octavius — who was, himself, performing for the camera by not resisting.
All of this, because a person of color refused to show appropriate passivity and self-effacement to an armed agent of the state. Yes, it’s true. We’ve reached a depth in America where criminals will do such things brazenly — and then they cry foul to the liberal media about the consequences, and get off scot-free.
Understand that if we reject the belief that one man may dominate another, then we reject the very foundation upon which the clockwork perfection of capitalist civilization is achieved.
Now, maybe your bleeding heart is whispering to your mind, saying otherwise. Maybe you just have no idea of the terrible things that police officers have to put up with from human scum every single day. Maybe if you were trained to see every civilian as vermin, you too would come to see that you are surrounded by vermin everywhere — and you would treat the vermin appropriately. That is precisely why we of rational mind must not succumb to the temptation to make brash prejudicial generalizations about the whole of the fine Omaha Police Department, simply because of the way they all behave.
As far as this reporter is concerned, if one does not wish to risk the bloody, visceral consequences of the law, then one should take care to not flaunt their flagrant and wanton disregard of the law. And that’s what we’re talking about here — the rule of law. Society. Civilization.
It takes a resistor, to create an oppressor. Let us place blame, then, solely where it belongs, and have no more of this anti-police rhetoric.
If one approaches this matter free of prejudice, and with an educated mind, then the inescapable conclusion is clear. Without the Omaha Police Department to maintain peace and order, the beleaguered Nebraskan city would be mired in utter anarchy. There would be people killing each other with their bare hands, in the streets, over scraps of meat. Communities would have no way to organize to protect themselves from violent badguys — evil badguys, who intend them harm; who might even drive into a community, en masse, armed to the teeth, for the sole purpose of rampage and terror. Is that the kind of lawless world you want to live in?
God bless the Omaha Police Department, for so valiantly standing as guardians of the status quo — holding court right upon the very line of freedom, with weapons cocked and loaded, so that none shall cross.