Military and Police

Teach Your Children Well

A fellow cop told me about this instance of leftist anti-cop insanity, which happened about a year ago, but it’s still worth talking about because it’s so insidious and an indicator of just how sick our society has allowed itself to become. It also interests me because it happened in the town where I was born—experience matters.

The Northampton (Mass.) Police Department had established a weekly elementary school event called High Five Fridays. NPD Captain John Cartledge described the event: “We [police officers] would just wait for the children to get off the bus, and we’d high five them if they wanted one when they came off the bus, and they’d go about their day and we’d leave afterwards.” Oh, the humanity!

According to Elizabeth MacDonald of the Fox Business Channel, “the program was cancelled after a social media uproar [claiming] that the cops scared illegal immigrants and minority students.” Uproar? Illegal immigrants? Minority students? Pah-leez!

Still, it’s not surprising this happened in Northampton. Northampton is a picturesque Pioneer Valley college town (Smith College), just shy of 30,000 people, and a part of the prestigious Five Colleges area. This New England town has also been a town first known for its live-and-let-live liberals and now for its intolerant neo-leftists. Let’s just say the radical leftists have never met a progressive program they didn’t like or a conservative one they did.

And, no, the little kids, illegal immigrants (how would the cops know?) and minorities included, aren’t necessarily afraid of the cops. But, even if they are, isn’t that the point of the event? Towns such as Northampton are centers of disharmonic convergences. You have radical leftist parents who loathe cops set against the politically agnostic, moderate, or conservative parents who bear no ill will toward police. However, mainstream folks fear the religious zeal with which the leftist radicals bully them into suppressing their sane and legitimate political views.

These neo-leftist extremists who have hijacked the Democratic Party abhor anything to do with traditional America—such as respect for law enforcement officers. These activist parents don’t want their kids to like cops, and they’re apparently willing to use their own children as cruel cudgels against the cops. How is making kids afraid of police officers good for children? It’s not! In fact, it’s endangering kids by setting them up for possible unnecessary confrontations with police officers as they get older.

There is a sickness in your soul if you’d rather teach your kids to fear cops based on Black Lives Matter-type lies such as “Hands up, don’t shoot” than allow your child to high-five friendly cops on his or her way to class. You’re living in a negative fantasy world fabricated by social malcontents who will never be happy with anything other than reconstituting an Obama-like fundamental transformation of America—into a Marxist state.

Check out this video by “Mike the Cop.” He encapsulates the issue about as well as it can be done. All I can say to Mike is common sense ain’t all that common these days, brother.

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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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