How to make the world a better place June/July 2020
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Started by metmike - June 1, 2020, 12:05 a.m.

Protest and speak out vociferously over injustice. Always do it peacefully.  

When you protest for a good cause, earn respect by respecting the rights of others that you claim to be representing and also the people that you want to change!


Martin Luther King Jr.: 8 peaceful protests that bolstered civil rights

https://www.csmonitor.com/USA/2012/0115/Martin-Luther-King-Jr.-8-peaceful-protests-that-bolstered-civil-rights/Montgomery-bus-boycott-1955-56


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By metmike - June 2, 2020, 9 p.m.
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                This day in history March 25, 2020-MLK/Selma March            

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                Started by metmike - March 25, 2020, 12:5 a.m.            

https://www.marketforum.com/forum/topic/49475/

By metmike - June 2, 2020, 9:04 p.m.
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Dr King Quote "Love is the only force capable of transforming an enemy into friend"


By metmike - June 3, 2020, 1:53 p.m.
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Police officers across the US have stood in solidarity with Black Lives Matter demonstrators as they protest the killing of unarmed black man George Floyd.


A Louisville officer was filmed hugging a demonstrator in a touching act of solidarity

A Louisville officer - wearing a protective helmet and clutching a baton - was filmed hugging a demonstrator in a touching act of solidarity

metmike: More pictures/videos/articles like this for the rest of the month!

By metmike - June 5, 2020, 12:45 a.m.
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A white police officer waring a helmet embraces a young black boy who has tears running down his face.
 Devonte Hart hugs Portland police Sergeant Bret Barnum at a rally in Portland in 2014.


By metmike - June 6, 2020, 2:51 a.m.
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By metmike - June 8, 2020, 2:13 p.m.
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George Floyd protests: Police officers hugs crying girl at Houston protest    

https://news.sky.com/video/police-officers-hugs-crying-girl-at-protest-12000366

A police officer in Texas, comforts a crying girl who asked "are you going to shoot us".


                 

By metmike - June 10, 2020, 12:50 a.m.
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Cops are good people!

https://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/news/whats-now/sd-me-san-diego-man-hugs-20160923-htmlstory.html


Ken Nwadike Jr. is seen in this screen grab from YouTube video hugging police officers during a night of unrest in North Carolina.

Ken Nwadike Jr. is seen in this screen grab from YouTube video hugging police officers during a night of unrest in North Carolina. 


By metmike - June 11, 2020, 1:22 a.m.
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When No One Showed Up to Autistic Boy's Birthday Party, Strangers Saved the Day

The Sheriff's Department sent a helicopter.

https://abcnews.go.com/Health/showed-autistic-boys-birthday-party-strangers-saved-day/story?id=29166772

By metmike - June 13, 2020, 2:43 p.m.
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Police Officers Take Daughter of Fallen Cop to Father-Daughter Dance

https://www.goodnewsnetwork.org/police-officers-take-daughter-of-fallen-cop-to-father-daughter-dance/

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Some of the finest ‘boys in blue’ from two Arizona police departments escorted the daughter of fallen Chandler Police Officer Bryant Holmes to her Father-Daughter school dance last week.Gilbert-Police-FBpage-dance-spin

These photos posted by Gilbert Police showed officers from both departments making sure young Miss Holmes would have plenty of dance partners twirling her on the floor.

Her father, Officer Holmes was killed in a traffic accident on his way to work last October when another motorist sped through a red light.

By metmike - June 14, 2020, 11:48 p.m.
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Just the lift she needed: Cop carries woman with MS down stairs


https://www.today.com/health/cop-carries-woman-ms-down-stairs-after-power-outage-detroit-1D80342657


During a power outage in Detroit last week, Kristi Marie Earley got just the lift she needed when a friendly police officer stepped in to help her navigate a flight of stairs.

Earley, who has multiple sclerosis, was contemplating how to get down the front staircase at the Frank Murphy Hall of Justice on Dec. 2 when Deputy Sheriff Mark Bennetts of the Wayne County Sheriff's Department offered his help, which she accepted. He scooped her up and carried her down to the car that was waiting for her, in a sweet moment that was captured on video and shared widely online.

Earley, 39, a mother of two from Brownstown Township, Mich., had initially tried to make it on her own but was glad for the help once she realized it might be a little much. 


Michigan woman Kristi Earley, who has multiple sclerosis, gets an assist from Mark Bennett of the Wayne County Sheriff's Department to help get to her car after a power outage at a building in Detroit.
Michigan woman Kristi Earley, who has multiple sclerosis, gets an assist from Mark Bennett of the Wayne County Sheriff's Department to help get to her car after a power outage at a building in Detroit. Today


Earley, who has multiple sclerosis, was contemplating how to get down the front staircase at the Frank Murphy Hall of Justice on Dec. 2 when Deputy Sheriff Mark Bennetts of the Wayne County Sheriff's Department offered his help, which she accepted. He scooped her up and carried her down to the car that was waiting for her, in a sweet moment that was captured on video and shared widely online.

Earley, 39, a mother of two from Brownstown Township, Mich., had initially tried to make it on her own but was glad for the help once she realized it might be a little much.

"I was very appreciative," Earley told TODAY.com. "They were actually upset with me because I walked down 11 flights of stairs to get to the main floor before the officer carried me out. What I hope comes out of this is that more people are aware of MS and that they quit knocking all these cops, who do great work."

"Generally speaking, I try to do anything I can for anyone who needs the help,'' Bennetts told TODAY.com. "My partner was sitting with her in the building, we saw the car pull up, and she had noticeable trouble standing up. I stabilized her to get her out the door, but when we got to the steps, she chuckled and said, 'I don't know if I can make it down the steps,' so once I had her permission I picked her up and helped her down." 

Earley said multiple officers sat with her as her cousin, Tracey Barr, pulled the car around in front of the building to pick her up before Bennetts gave her a lift down the stairs. Earley was in the building conducting some business when the power outage occurred and had already walked down almost a dozen flights of stairs, pausing to take breaks because of fatigue and pain. Earley was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, a disease of the central nervous system that can cause fatigue, pain in the torso, and vision problems, in 2000. "

metmike: You might wonder why all the cop pictures and stories this month under the title "How to make the world a better place" 

It's because that's what most cops do much of the time.........whether its fighting crime or making it safer for law abiding citizens or doing good deeds. 

By metmike - June 17, 2020, 1:17 p.m.
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Cops are good people. Don't believe the bs from those stating otherwise. We need them.

Officer Jeremy Henwood’s Final Act of Kindness

He was shot just moments after.

https://www.nbcsandiego.com/news/local/officer-henwoods-final-act-of-kindness/1904768/

 

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Just moments before he was fatally wounded in an unprovoked attack, a San Diego police officer performed one last act of kindness; he bought a child food while buying his own dinner.

Jeremy Henwood, 36, stopped at the McDonald's in the 3800-block of Fairmount Avenue at 5:24 p.m. on Aug. 6. Surveillance video released Tuesday shows Henwood speaking with the boy and getting their food shortly before leaving the store at 5:27 p.m.

Shortly after 5:30 p.m., Henwood was shot while sitting inside his patrol car at the corner of University Avenue and 45th Street. Henwood had only made it six blocks from the McDonalds; it would be the last place he was seen alive.

Witnesses said a man pulled up on this side of Henwood’s vehicle and shot him with a shotgun in what officials say was an unprovoked attack.

By metmike - June 18, 2020, 1:28 a.m.
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Texas officer gives homeless man helping hand

      

      Officer noticed the soles in the man's shoes were worn out, and decided to offer a pair of boots that he had at home    


ODESSA, Texas — He may have not known it when he did it, but Odessa Police Cpl. Jeremy Walsh's gesture of kindness has brought him unwanted attention — in a good way.

                                                        

The two-year veteran of the police department had his picture taken as he proceeded to give a homeless man — whom he identified as Anthony Young — a pair of new boots and a bottle of water.

                                                                                                              

The picture, posted on the City of Odessa's public Facebook page, was shared early Monday morning. Walsh said the event actually happened two weeks ago.

                                                        

"I had some extra boots at my house and they're actually a size too small and I found A.J. and saw if he wanted them," Walsh said of the exchange. "I figured he could use them a lot more than I can."

                                                        

Walsh said the gesture is anything but random, saying he knows the transient man as one of the many he sees during his patrol.
Calling him "rugged" and "private," Walsh said the idea came to him one day after he noticed the soles in Young's shoes were worn out, and decided to offer the boots that he had at home to the man.

                                                        

But Young, Walsh said, is not the type of person who accepts things from people. In fact, Walsh said Young sometimes becomes agitated when people try to "force" items on him.

                                                        

But because of the rapport between them, Walsh said he was able to convince him to accept the shoes; but only at Young's request that he eventually pay the patrol officer back.

                                                        

"He likes to do the one-for-one sort of thing," Walsh said.

                                                        

Ronda Fox, whose family owns Odeli's, said she was the one who took the picture of Walsh and Young after she saw the police officer take the pair of boots out of the trunk of his patrol vehicle.

                                                        

Fox said she originally posted the picture on her Facebook page, not intending for it to go viral. The only reason the picture started showing up on other social media pages is because of her friend Crystal, she added.

                                                        

"My husband is like, 'You're a celebrity,' " Fox said.

                                                        

Fox described Young as a good person who does not like to accept handouts and does not ask customers coming into the store for money. The only items Young will take are food if they are offered by the restaurant's staff.

                                                       

"We called the Jesus House and they said he won't accept any help," Fox said.

                                                      

While Walsh denies his act was something special, adding he tries to help as many people as he can, Odessa Police spokesman Cpl. Steve LeSueur said the photo was good way to show the other things that police officers do.

                                                       

"I think the public views police, unfortunately, as dealing with negative situations," LeSueur said. "This is a different side of police work the public never sees."

                                               

When he was on patrol himself, LeSueur said he made a point to get to know as many people as he could — business owners, homeowners and the homeless.

                                                       

While most officers also do similar acts of charity on their beats, LeSueur said what Walsh did was "above and beyond" what most officers do.

                                                       

"I think it's a good thing," LeSueur said.

                                                        

Walsh said he will continue to see Young while he is on the streets, and said he will continue to try to help those in need when he can.

                                                        

"I've always had a pretty obscure way of helping people," Walsh said. "I do what I can."

By metmike - June 18, 2020, 6:34 p.m.
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Photo Of Toronto Cop Mark Borsboom Tying Senior's Shoes Is Touching


https://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2013/05/29/mark-borsboom-ties-shoes-toronto-cop_n_3354974.html

      @JasonCassidy23             

A @TorontoPolice officer tying the shoe of a sick, elderly man on the street today. Very touching. 

               
By metmike - June 20, 2020, 6:28 p.m.
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California Police Officer Michael Kohr Replaces Little Girl’s Stolen Bike, Story Goes Viral On Facebook


https://www.huffpost.com/entry/officer-michael-kohr-buys-girl-new-bike_n_3118540

According to Sanchez’s note, her daughter Bella was devastated when she discovered that her Minnie Mouse bike — a Christmas present, no less — had been stolen last Monday. Sanchez filed a police report in the hope of recovering the bike. 

 

The next day, Officer Kohr, who has a history of giving back to local youth through the Cops N Jocks program, surprised the family with a brand new bike for Bella. 

Sanchez wrote in the Facebook post

Yesterday morning on my way to take my daughter Bella on a bike ride, to our dismay we realized her cherished Minnie Mouse bike that Santa brought her had been stolen, along with our jogging stroller. To say we were heartbroken is an understatement. Through many tears and reassuring hugs I managed to call in a police report. This afternoon I received a call from Officer Kohr that he was on his way with a brand new Princess bike. He not only surprised her with a bike that is her favorite color featuring her favorite princess he took the time to teach her how to ride it. This is kindness and selflessness at its finest. This officer went well above his call of duty and took the time to make a little girls day. I can not fully express how grateful I am. He has left such an impression in our hearts, and am thoroughly impressed with his generosity. Thank you once again Officer Kohr.

By metmike - June 21, 2020, 11:09 p.m.
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metmike: Extremely powerful letter below. Please read it.

A letter to the American public: Why my family waves at cops

      

    Jun 18, 2020  

    

      My husband has spent 20 years serving the public – I only wish that as a police spouse, I could carry some of the emotional burden that service has caused    


https://www.policeone.com/police-heroes/articles/a-letter-to-the-american-public-why-my-family-waves-at-cops-uEbreQ247z141s00/

Standing up for the heroes

                    And I began to understand why the life expectancy of a cop is only 57 years (almost 22 years younger than the general population). And don't forget the high divorce rate of cops. The job takes its toll. Officers are only human.                                    

"I am scared. The kids are scared. They hug their father every night as he leaves for work, as if for the last time. I make sure every door in the house is locked tight and that only the second story windows are left open overnight. I know exactly where the AR is located and how to use it. I regret I have not yet taught my daughters how to do the same. I must do that. Police families are being targeted and attacked.

                                                        

I realize I have grown resentful over the years. I look back at his medal of valor with anger. That he risked his life, risked making me a widow in my 20s, with two toddlers in the house and a baby in my belly. And I wonder, would he do it again? Even though he has been demonized by the world, would he jump in to save her? Of course he would – he is a protector with a hero’s heart. Which brings me to the question: When will enough be enough? What happens when all the good cops are gone? What will happen when they get out of the business or stop caring? What happens when their bravery is replaced by complacency? When they only do the bare minimum because of liability? When their hands are tied?"


By metmike - June 23, 2020, 1:18 a.m.
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Some police step out to show support for George Floyd demonstrators

"It's all of us versus bad people and bad cops — and we want to get them out of the line of duty," said a Nebraska police sergeant.


https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/many-police-step-out-show-support-george-floyd-demonstrators-n1220731

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Police  kneel during a rally in Coral Gables, Florida, on Saturday in response to the death of George Floyd.Eva Marie Uzcategui 

Image: Art Acevedo

Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo walks arm in arm with a woman during a Justice for George Floyd march on Saturday.


metmike: Cops want the same things as me and you........and they risk their lives at times so that we can have a safer world to peruse those things.

By metmike - June 23, 2020, 11:02 p.m.
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We first introduced you to Elijah Clausell riding his three-wheel cruiser, while he patrolled his neighborhood. “You have to put your hands behind your back,” Elijah said. Police Story, Sheep Dogs, Law Enforcement Officer, Touching Stories, Four Year Old, Boy Meets, Above And Beyond, Fuzz, Police Officer


Update: Boy meets idol: "I want to be a police officer"


..................on the other hand, maybe not anymore.


By metmike - June 25, 2020, 11:42 p.m.
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Random Acts of Kindness - Faith in Humanity Restored #4

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3O8Sevi7g7k

By metmike - June 28, 2020, 1:58 a.m.
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Say hi to the next person that you see!

By metmike - June 29, 2020, 12:43 a.m.
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Volunteer for an hour at an organization of your choice.

By GunterK - June 29, 2020, 12:19 p.m.
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thanks for the many posts in this thread. I fully understand why many police officers want to quit. They risk their lives every time they go to work... and then they wind up being hated by half the country... all because of a minority of "bad apples".

this thread, showing random acts of police kindness, should be seen by everyone.

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In the meantime, in NYC.......eleven people shot in less than 12 hours

https://nypost.com/2020/06/28/11-people-shot-across-nyc-in-less-than-12-hours/

Experts predict that NYc will turn into a lawless, wild-west town, if police-defunding isn't stopped.

By metmike - June 29, 2020, 12:53 p.m.
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I appreciate that Gunter and your great posts.

It's difficult to believe that most people who want to defund the police do not know that crime WILL go up.

For those that want to increase chaos, to help with their cultural revolution, this would be perfect.

So when people  assume that these people don't understand the basics of crime and law enforcement.........we are overlooking that fact. 

In addition, increased crime and chaos, less law and order between now and November is thought, by many on that side to make Trump look less effective with a country that's falling apart under his leadership.

That one is likely to backfire though.

The thought of giving up safety and protection from cops and them no longer being able to get to your house in minutes with a 911 call is  going to scare more people on the fence with their vote, than Donald Trump scares them.

Probably something like 90% of people already know who they will vote for.........or in this case, who they WON'T vote for.

Half of them would vote in Bozo that Clown if he ran against Trump.

In essence, they don't care who the president is, just as long as it's not Donald Trump.


By metmike - July 1, 2020, midnight
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Buy a gift for your mother or grandmother – just because..............or somebody else!

By metmike - July 2, 2020, 10:05 p.m.
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Think of something you do well, and use your talent to benefit others – for example performing magic tricks at a children’s hospital or playing music at a nursing home.

Or tutoring students in math like pj does!

By metmike - July 6, 2020, 12:59 a.m.
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When you are outside, stop and look around you. Take time to appreciate nature!

No matter how bad of a day you might be having, if you look around at the natural world or the sky at night and contemplate the mind boggling reality........... the extent of its existance and our ability to witness it anytime we want....is enough to offset a great deal of negativity that we are subjected to.

metmike July 6, 2020

By metmike - July 9, 2020, 12:04 a.m.
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Organize a family meal and appreciate being together.

By metmike - July 10, 2020, 1:24 a.m.
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Think of at least three things you should be thankful for in your life.

Reasons to keep being thankful here in 2020!

https://www.marketforum.com/forum/topic/45623/