During a recent stop along the side of the road to take pictures for a news story on a tornado that devastated Page Middle school here in Gloucester, we encountered a very rude State trooper. It's one thing to move traffic along, it's another thing to demand that someone trying to do a job move now. We were out of the way and off the road of traffic. When we tried to explain to this trooper who we were and why we were there, he had no time to hear it. We were just demanded to move. Now we fully respect the tough jobs these folks do for us day in and day out. We respect the uniform. We DO NOT respect being treated like sheep especially when no emergency was in place and we were NOT blocking traffic and we were trying to do a job. He interfered with freedom of the press. A violation of the bill of rights of this great nation.
There was no courtesy whatsoever. Are we paying tax money to be treated like sheep here in Virginia? To have our rights violated instead of our rights being protected? We continue to see this more and more. We normally do not watch television, but on a recent stint we watched an episode of COPS. On that show were multiple violations of the bill of rights we are born with in this country. Are we so quick these days to surrender our rights or have our rights been usurped? Have we become the USSof A? (United Socialist States of America). When do we say stop? Enough is enough? How are our police forces being trained these days? We really want to know and we want to film it and show the world. So if we are treated with great disrespect, what is going to happen if we are in real trouble and need to call on our police? Do we question the idea? In court we are told we can not take the law into our own hands. On the streets we are shown that we can not count on those sworn to protect and serve? Where is justice? Have the state police come to the level of Judge Dread? We should hope that this is not the case. We rarely have issues or dealings with the police at any level. We live quite lives overall. So making assumptions based on limited exposure is not 100% fair, but this story based on unfair treatment still needs to be posted.
We are NOT seeking an apology nor would we ever dream that one would be forthcoming. We just expect more respect from those out there that are in place to serve us, not command us like sheep. Enough said.