COMMENTARY: Police officers need to be respected

The Supreme Court Building in Washington, D.C. has the Ten Commandants prominently displayed in at least three different locations for all to see.

So it is not a surprise nor is it hard to understand that our laws come from these 10 fundamental rules, which have been with us for over 20 centuries.

To continue to live in relative peace, respecting and following these laws as they are written is the challenge that each of us faces on a daily basis.

We are our own score keepers when it comes to following most of them. However, when our personal actions impact others around us, we need to own up to our shortcomings and if we don’t, others can and will make us do so.

Some of these shortcomings can take possession of our lives as was the case in Missouri when a very large adult male decided to rob a store (that video hasn’t been seen for a while) and then he disrespected, defied and tried to harm a sworn, trained peace officer who had never even drawn his gun before that day.

Now it is a problem some people think we all have to address. I personally don’t care for the violent mob mentality we have seen to date, and proof of it being counter-productive is evident from coast to coast.

Actions by some protesters have ruined businesses, neighborhoods, and placed firefighters and other first responders — including local police officers — in harm’s way.

Our judicial system has served us well for over 235 years and I believe it will continue to do so in the future. We have to believe in it and force our elected officials to follow it.

I want Charles Barkley, the former NBA superstar, and Rudolph Giuliani, the former mayor of New York City, to give a civic and history lesson to the White House and Congress.

They need to understand and recognize that the most fundamental part of the law requires citizens to respect and accept that the peace officers we employ to protect every one of us need to be heeded.

I was brought up to see the police officer as someone to shelter and assist me.

I respectfully and urgently ask everyone to speak with their children and grandchildren, no matter their age, and make a life lesson out of the tragedy we witnessed this summer.

The police are our first line of defense against criminals, and they are trained and certified to handle situations we do not want to even think about in polite society. They are making split-second decisions to protect us, our property, and our community.

They are brave, well educated, trained and resourceful men and women who deserve everyone’s respect and cooperation.

Shelton has a police department that provides us with educational opportunities for our children and adults. The department’s efforts have helped make Shelton a safe place to live, work, play and learn.

We must also be responsible and understand how difficult and dangerous a police officer’s job can be each day.

God Bless each of them and may they always return home safely after each shift.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to one and all.

Anthony F. Simonetti is chairman of the Shelton Republican Town Committee as well as an alderman for the First Ward.