Why Evil will never win
For all of you citizens who think that there are no “good” cops and for you cops that this that there are no “good” citizens, this story is for you and it is all the proof you may need to understand why I say evil will never win. The article is titled “Florida teen saves life of Fort Lauderdale police officer as he is being arrested” written by David Edwards for The Raw Story. It reports “A Florida teenager was honored on Tuesday for helping to save the life of a Fort Lauderdale police officer who was processing his arrest for a parole violation. Video released by the Fort Lauderdale Police Department shows Officer Franklin Foulks processing Jamal Rutledge after he was arrested for criminal mischief and burglary probation violations, according to WTVJ. When Foulks suddenly collapsed, Rutledge “immediately began to kick the security fence and yell to alert officers in the area,” a statement from the Fort Lauderdale Police Department said. Sgt. Todd Bunin responded by contacting police dispatch. Officers Robert Norvis and Raymond Ketchmark quickly arrived to assist Bunin. The officers administered CPR and used an Automated External Defibrillator device to attempt to restore Foulks’ heart rhythm. “Broward Health Medical Staff noted that Rutledge’s actions and the quick response of these officers were largely responsible for Officer Foulks surviving this medical episode,” the statement noted.”
Who better had an excuse to just sit there and watch this officer die without lifting a finger except Jamal Rutledge, I mean the guy had arrested him, embarrassed him and disrespected him in front of his friends, family and community. Why not show hate and discontent toward all cops even if they were not the ones who have shot and killed unarmed citizens. I mean the entire world seems to hate all cops now so he would surely find those who would see him as a hero if he did nothing. That was his choice but the choice that he did make now reflects much better on him, his family, his upbringing, his community and his country. Jamal Rutledge ignored evil’s call to do nothing and moved quickly to get help for Officer Foulks because he did not see a cop laying on the floor in pain, he saw another human being, he saw how he would like to be treated if the roles were reversed, he saw himself. That is why evil will never win.
Who better to assume that Rutledge had done something to that officer since they had been all alone than those officers who have been led to believe that no citizen in handcuffs is good. That all citizens who do not comply with every whim of any police officer are nothing more than criminals and deserve no respect because they do not respect the law. Not really caring that the majority of those they come in contact with does respect the law which is why they are so pissed that those who break it is not held accountable even cops. That was their choice but the choice they did make reflected more upon the type of men and women cops are, it reflected well upon their families, their communities, their upbringing and yes their country. They choose to first work on their fellow officer and when things began to look like they were getting worse, one of the officers had Jamal removed from the scene so he would not witness the death, if it occurred. After bringing him back and the officer was removed, they showed him a type of kindness that only God’s angels could provide. They removed his handcuffs, made sure that his wrists were fine and spoke to him like a real person. They did not see a thug, they did not see a criminal, they saw a young man who made a mistake but did not deserve to be treated like garbage, and they saw themselves. That is why evil will never win.
Evil only wins, when we stop seeing each other as anything more than a slight reflection of ourselves. Any of us could have been in either of those positions or Rutledge or the cops and it is when we affirm to ourselves that in that position, we would have made the exact same choices as they did, is when we know that evil will never win.