We need more stories like this.
Police on Tuesday responded to a complaint of a road being blocked in an Asheville neighborhood, but when they arrived, they found kids on a homemade slide.
So, the officers joined in.
The water slide was part of a Fourth of July celebration block party on Tuesday. Officers Carrie Lee and Joe Jones used a garbage bag and a raft to slip down the makeshift slide with the kids.
A person at the party filmed the officers riding down the slide.
Politics is cultural. And national culture is a macrocosm of local culture; of the things people do to each other at the local level.
And at the local level, what do we see?
We see the older neighbor bitterly complaining about kids making noise as they play outside. We see the bitter neighbor complaining that their neighbors have too many cars parked outside as they have a get together in their house. We see someone complaining a 14 year old’s shorts are too short or a 16-year-old girl’s bikini top is too skimpy–when it is, in fact, no worse than the styles we’ve seen going back to the 1970’s.
And they call the cops. They call the cops because a bunch of kids were playing basketball “loudly” on the street. They call the cops because a bunch of children are “blocking the street.”
They call because somewhere, someone is having fun–and by God it must stop.
So they call the cops.
They contact their city councilman.
They demand a new law from their congressman.
And we get new laws because somewhere, someone wore something, said something or did something that offends the elderly shut-in who has too much time on her hands and a spiteful hate of the neighbors who are the wrong culture, the wrong race or the wrong nationality.
This is how police officers should respond.
This is how the Gainseville Police responded to a call about kids playing baseball too loudly: they joined in a game of hoops.
This is how the police, the city council, congress, the President should respond to those busybody neighbors who call the cops on children who are having fun.
“There ought to be a law” is a phrase that–more often than not–should be met with suspicion, not with support.