In the early morning hours of March 1, 2012, two New Orleans Police Officers were shot and seriously injured in the line of duty. I have the good fortune to know both of these officers and my life is better off as a result. I would like to say first and foremost that my prayers are with these two officers and their families.
There will be a lot of commentary from individuals and groups regarding the events of today. The media will eat it all up and spit it all back through our television sets on the evening news. People will focus on their various agendas and want you to see things their way.
I would like to suggest that it is important to remember that the two men seriously wounded this morning were human beings. The men and women who courageously serve our community on a daily basis are just that: men and women. They are your neighbors. They attend the same church as you. Their children attend the same school as your children. They are not robots, machines, or roving gangs of militants beholden to some war lord. They are democrats, republicans, and independents. They are Catholics, Methodists, Baptists, and Episcopalians.
Each day a police officer reports for duty, the most important goal of the day is to return home at the end of the day. These men and women have a dangerous job. Most of us do not have to worry about whether or not we will be returning home after work. They do this job in order to protect their neighbors, members of their congregation, their fellow school parents, and the many other individuals that comprise our city. Even the hardest working and most industrious officers do not make a lot of money. Their reward is knowing that they did their best each day to make our community safer.
I am grateful that these two officers were out working while I was home sleeping. I wish them both a speedy recovery. To the rest of the men and women who labor behind the badge, keep up the good work, keep the faith, and please make it home safely after your next shift.