The woman slipped, lost her footing and dangled over the freeway while (Deputy) Wehrli and (CHP) Rand clung to her clothes and fingers, Dwyer said. (Deputy) Gunsolley climbed the fence to help, and more deputies grabbed their colleagues to keep them from slipping.
Now that is some crazy Hollywood style police action there, a suicidal woman trying to jump off a 50 foot bridge into rush hour traffic below, and three cops are holding on to her by her fingertips. Excellent work on the part of these three brave officers, they’re a credit to their respective departments. I’m quite pleased to know that there are cops out there willing to risk their lives to help people…even if those people may not necessarily want help, like the jumper in question.
I’ll be the first person to admit that there are some bad apples out there – cops aren’t perfect, and they’re not saints. But they’re also not devils. That’s my problem with the original Only Ones meme – it reminded me of the tactics of the anti-gun groups. Think about the parallel for a moment. Every time a gun owner crosses the line and commits a crime, the Brady Campaign et al blast it all over their front page, and use it as an excuse to paint all gun owners with the same brush. The same could be said for the Only Ones thing, except that instead of law-abiding gun owners getting smeared, it was cops.
Ultimately, cops aren’t any better or any worse than the rest of us, and I it is important to remember and remind people that a few bad apples do not spoil the whole batch.