Here, we are a law enforcement family. You may have noticed that I often refer to my husband in posts as The Popo. Because he is. He is a trooper with the State Patrol and I love him dearly for what he does.
Being an LEO wife means a lot more then the title. It means being strong when needed, being silent when needed, birthdays and holidays fall on different days, weekends are in the middle of the week which means so does date night. It also means being aware of their 3rd Arm. Yep- I call it their 3rd Arm. It is always there. You get to a point where you just know what side of him to stand/sit on when walking or sitting together so that he can easily get to it when needed. Because if you are married to an LEO you know, they are never off duty. They are always assessing, looking, alert. They are always protecting. And part of that comes with that extra appendage. It is just the way it is and something you get used to. And to be honest with all the hate towards cops- I am glad he has it on him at all times so he can at least of a chance to defend himself.
But lately I have noticed a trend- places are so worried about shootings, that they are not even allowing Law Enforcement to carry on their premises. Now don’t get me wrong most places welcome them with open arms. But I am noticing a trend, and it has been going on for as far back as 2010.
In 2010 an on duty officer was asked to leave a Portland Coffee Shop, no explanation given nothing. You honestly don’t find much between then and recent. But it is recently that really has me concerned. Not long after the Aurora Movie Theater shooting, one of The Popo’s brother in blue was there visiting. He went to catch a movie and was told- even though he had a shield- that he could not carry. Also in Jan of 2013, 5 detectives were kicked out of a Denny’s because they were carrying. They had their shields in plain sight. There was no question that they were Law Enforcement, they even protested that fact. But in the end, they left.
However the most shocking would be this year. A few days after two LV police were executed while in uniform eating lunch, we had some local law enforcment out for a bite after training. They were all in uniform, showed up in cruisers to a Buffalo Wild Wings. The were waiting to order when approached by the manager who asked them to either take their weapons to the car or leave. HELLO! Two cops were just executed in a restaurant minding their own business and you expect cops to not carry protection! Are you nuts! Well news flash- word like that gets around fast with big a “do not support this establishment” message. As in with in an hour my Popo was saying we were never going to eat at Buffalo Wild Wings again unless they resolve this. We have yet to hear an update!
This type of treatment for both off duty and on duty Law Enforcement officers happens not only in restaurants but at baseball games. We attended an MLB game at which the Popo was told to lock it in his car. Yeah, he did not enjoy the game because he was scared of our car getting broken into and the weapon taken. I am told it is a MLB rule which I have reached out for a response on and will update you to confirm. It is also happening in regular stores. Over the 4th a police chief who was in uniform was told that there was no exceptions to their no weapons policy and told to leave. Luckily IKEA quickly apologized and stated that Law Enforcement is welcomed and that the policy does not apply to them. But it is still frustrating that a uniformed officer would even be approached about such thing!
All these incidents have me shaking my head. So there are a few bad cops. There are bad apples in every position yet cops are hated as much as zombies! People need to wake up and realize they are there to protect. They are human, they have families and you should want them in your establishment to deter crime! I hope companies wake up and realize this sooner then later because my list of companies I will not be giving my business to is getting longer by the day. Word travels fast and we support each other- so you kick one out- it has a nationwide affect. These guys have a right to protect themselves and their families and you.
What are your thoughts? Should there be an exception to law enforcement in regards to no weapons policies? Please keep this clean and if you don’t have anything nice to say I prefer you not say it!