My 2 Cents: Police Critic Goes On Ride-Along

Monday, March 21st 2016, 10:49 pm
By: News 9

I'm growing weary of the constant criticism of police officers, and I can't imagine what it's been like for our men and women in blue who protect us yet are being questioned and threatened by some.

And so I really admire the restraint and the wisdom shown by the Greenville, North Carolina, police department in the way they handled this picture posted on Facebook.

A young man named Brandon Mateo posted this picture of himself flipping off a Greenville Police cruiser with the hashtag, "Make me famous." 

Police supporters started ripping him online, but the Greenville Police Department didn't pile on. They took a much more productive approach.

They encouraged Brandon to go for a ride along with an officer, to sit in the front seat of a squad car and for a few hours observe the challenges police officers face on the job.

They promised him he would be famous, because several TV reporters have already requested to ride in the back seat and shoot a story on the cop and his critic.  

And they offered to throw in a "Thin Blue Line Law Enforcement" T-shirt.

Monday, Brandon Mateo called the police chief and said I'll take you up on that ride along, they're setting it up.

I wish more of these cop critics could ride along and see just how tough of a job our officers have, and just how good they are at it.

I'm Kelly Ogle and that's My 2 Cents.