Dear cops, thank you for your service

To the officers of law enforcement in the United States of America: Thank you for your service.

Thank you for fighting for my freedom. Each and every day I live and breathe in these United States of America.

For without the freedoms you fight for, life would not be worth living. Life would be uncivilized. Life would be a whole lot different in the land of the free.

You are the brave—men and women who sacrifice countless hours, and sometimes their lives, upholding, enforcing, protecting the very rules that govern our society.

It is you, men and women of law enforcement, who allow each and every American to exercise our most basic of forms of freedom.

The freedom to not become collateral damage to those who would do others harm, just for being in the way, saying the wrong thing, being too young to protect one’s self.

Americans know this kind of chaos and disorder, as seen on nightly newscast, bathed in the caption: breaking news. As seen on the long-running television show Cops, with its stark contrast of thoughtful officers and thoughtless criminals.

Without you, dear cops, we would live our lives as subjects of the thoughtless, the chaos and disorder would be exponential, the breaking news happening to each and every one of us on any given day of our lives in these United States of America.

Because of you, it doesn’t happen to each and every one of us. And should it, we know whom to call upon. We know, because of you, there’s a glimmer of justice. A hope for a better day.

Thank you for giving me hope. Thank you for being on the front lines of our freedoms on the home front in these United States of America.

Thank you for your service.