Many readers consider me anti-cop. I am. I’m anti-bad cop. Having recently been detained by the Austin PD (after witnessing the immediate aftermath of a firearms-related suicide), having interacted with police on other volatile occasions, I can tell you that many (but not all and certainly not most) fail to treat citizens with the respect they’re due – just for being citizens. Take that as you will. But . . .
it’s certainly true that I would do everything in my power to assist a police officer in trouble. In the main, they have my back. In the main, I have theirs. Thankfully, my support has thus far taken the form of taxes paid and courtesy extended. But if push came to shove, I’d like to think I would follow the following example [via Oklahoma’s news9.com]. . .
It happened just after 2 p.m. Tuesday in the 2800 block of W. Park Pl. Rookie Officer Adam Eller and field training officer Sgt. Michael Lambert were responding to the burglary call . . .
During the chase the two officers became separated. Eller found himself alone when he caught up to Jermaine in a driveway of a nearby home and as he tried to place him under arrest, a fight ensued. During the struggle, Jermaine was able to take Eller’s police baton and then proceeded to strike him over the head somewhere between six and 12 times.
According to a report, that’s when a witness nearby charged up with his weapon drawn and told Jermaine he would shoot him if he did not stop hitting Eller. That heroic witness has not been identified.
Both Tremaine and Jermaine Williams were eventually taken into custody and booked into the Oklahoma County jail Tuesday night. Eller was rushed from the scene to OU Medical Center with serious injuries, but was released on Wednesday and is expected to make a full recovery.
When it comes to aiding police, it’s worth noting the possibility of paying the price when cop number two or three shows up (a.k.a., my worst nightmare). Regardless, anyone who respects and protects innocent life is on my team. And I on theirs. Hats off to the police apprehending the perp and the anonymous armed defender intervening in the cop’s beat-down. Thank you both for your service. [h/t ShootingTheBull]