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Cypen & Cypen
December 24, 2014

Stephen H. Cypen, Esq., Editor

1. THREE POLICE OFFICERS KILLED IN COLD BLOOD: On December 20, 2014 New York Officers Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu were murdered in New York City by a coward who invoked race as a motive. On December 21, 2014 Tarpon Springs police officer Charles Kondek was shot and killed while responding to a 911 nuisance call. What follows is a statement from Chuck Canterbury, National President, Fraternal Order of Police:

ENOUGH IS ENOUGH!  Politicians have spent the months since the tragedy in Ferguson piously wringing their hands and bemoaning the lack of trust of police by the minority community. Mayors and Congressmen and Senators and professional racists from all sides have seized on the moment to advance their often self-serving opinions of what is wrong in America as a hyperventilating media nods knowingly and faithfully reports each and every word. Enough is enough.

While these politicians and their retinues ignore the decaying infrastructure of our cities, the substandard educational system, the nonexistent families, the poor nutrition, the lack of employment opportunities -- all of which create a toxic environment which breeds crime -- they focus with laser vision on every real or perceived mistake made by the cops fighting a running battle to keep the streets safe for our poorest and most disadvantaged citizens in our country's worst pockets. 

Enough is enough.  There’s nothing wrong with the way cops do their jobs that won't be fixed when politicians suck it up and attack the problems that breed poverty and crime -- but they're not going to do that. The media professes shock when we speak out -- well, buckle them on America -- you're going to hear a lot from our 325,000 members in the days and months ahead.  Some of you may not like it, but you would do well to listen.  ENOUGH IS ENOUGH.
2. THE SOUND OF SILENCE: At a pension board meeting on December 19, 2014, before the above shootings, your editor asked six seasoned police officers/trustees: “Why would anybody want to be a cop?” The silence was deafening.

3. TODAY IN HISTORY: In 1971 AFC Divisional Playoff Game between the Kansas City Chiefs and the Miami Dolphins, was a seesaw battle of touchdowns and field goals that did not end until halfway through a second overtime period. The marathon game lasted eighty-two minutes and forty seconds and by all accounts was one of the most exciting games ever played. The Dolphins won 27-24. (On the same date, you editor was married…and still is.)

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