Military and Police

Far-Left Bullies Spit on Woman’s Kindness Toward Police

As if we needed another lesson in the intolerance from the political left, Fox News is reporting a tutorial out of Missouri. During an interview with Fox & Friends’ Steve Doocy, Cheri Elder, who owns Elder’s Antiques in St. Louis, explains how she learned just how wicked some people can be.

After going through a period with no beat cops patrolling on foot in her business’s neighborhood, which she says is primarily comprised of female business owners, two officers, incidentally also female, had been assigned to patrol her neighborhood.

Actual table display at Elder’s Antiques whereby another St. Louis business was permitted floor space: “We are loving the vibes down here at Elder’s Antiques for the Cherokee Cookie Crawl!” (Credit: Facebook/PeaceLoveHappyApothecary)

She was thrilled. To show her appreciation for the officers, she decided to display an American flag adapted with a horizontal blue stripe between two black stripes bisecting the flag, which honors law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty.

What was her thanks for this kind gesture? Some leftist bullies put a sign in her store window stating, “Pig supporters not welcome. Flag goes down or you go down!” Oh, and, not surprisingly, the words were accompanied by the image of a Communist sickle & hammer. Beneath the image were the letters “MLM.” Could be the thug’s or the group’s initials, but I’ll bet it stands for Marxist-Leninist-Maoist.

When did it become a political statement to support the police?

Anti-cop-sock-wearing anarchist stands upon The Thin Blue Line flag at a St. Louis, Missouri protest “in response to the acquittal of a white police officer who fatally shot an African American man.” (Credit: Facebook/U.S. Law Enforcement)

One thing we should acknowledge. These are not simply political opponents. These are violent, political, anti-cop enemies who are too often tacitly or overtly supported by the Democratic Party. The message included a direct threat to the business owner. This cowardly act shows the lack of any moral legitimacy behind the leftist political position of anyone who would terrorize an innocent business owner.

Unfortunately, Ms. Elder took the flag down, and it was obvious that she was conflicted about doing so. She is a decent, patriotic American who attempted to show kindness toward the police. But she is also a pragmatic woman who does not want to jeopardize her employees’ and customers’ safety. She has to assume the worst of the evil people behind the intimidating sign.

Wouldn’t it be nice if, instead of this nice woman having to take her flag down, every other business owner on the street flew a similar flag in front of their own businesses? Not only in support of the police but also in support of their fellow shop owner and in opposition to all political tyranny. Sadly, in today’s political climate, that seems unlikely.

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Steve Pomper

Steve Pomper is an OpsLens contributor, a retired Seattle police officer, and the author of four non-fiction books, including De-Policing America: A Street Cop’s View of the Anti-Police State. You can read a review of this new book in Front Page Magazine and listen to an interview with Steve on the Joe Pags Show. Steve was a field-training officer, on the East Precinct Community Police Team, and served his entire career on the streets. He has a BA in English Language and Literature. He enjoys spending time with his kids and grand-kids. He loves to ride his Harley, hike, and cycle with his wife, Jody, a retired firefighter. You can find out more about Steve and send him comments and questions at

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