I Almost Killed My Mother-In-Law
While I was stationed in the US Coast Guard on Miami Beach I had a near death experience. Not mine, but that of my mother-in-law.
Here’s the scoop.
My wife and I arrived home and I was carrying my infant son as I unlocked our apartment door. We were living in Sweetwater, Florida at the time and it was not exactly the safest neighborhood in Miami. In fact, Metro Dade officers were always in the complex making arrests and trying to keep the peace.
When I opened the door I heard a sound coming from deep inside the apartment. As a result, I immediately handed my infant son to my wife and told her to go next door to my bail bondsman neighbor’s apartment.
We didn’t have cell phones back then, and I knew that if something went bad my neighbor would take care of business.
I quickly cleared the doorway and retrieved my Beretta 9 mm from atop the kitchen cupboard. As I advanced into the apartment keeping cover in mind, another sound came from my stepson’s bedroom. I kept an eye on the hallway as my gun led the way.
My heart was pounding and I had no idea what to expect. Suddenly my stepson burst from the closet with his grandmother behind him laughing.
Luckily my quick actions were able to identify him as a non-threat.
My reaction turned to anger and then relief and then back to anger at my mother-in-law.
My stepson was about six-years-old at the time and my mother-in-law was oblivious to the extreme danger that she placed my son and herself in.
The Coast Guard Unit that I was assigned to was a Law Enforcement Detachment (LEDET) and our mission was to conduct drug interdiction from Navy warships.
Clearing ship compartments and holds while identifying suspected drug traffickers was a daily task. Usually the public and even our own relatives are not aware of the potential danger they place themselves in when dealing with officers. Through no fault of the officers, the training we receive is designed to keep us alive during violent suspect confrontations.
When involved in situations that should not rise to that level, an informed public can take simple lifesaving steps.
I’ll share a few important suggestions for citizens to follow when they are pulled over by an officer:
- We really prefer that you pull to the right side of the road, stay in your car, roll down your window, and turn your radio off so you can hear instructions.
- Keep your driver’s license, insurance and registration in a non-threatening location like in the sun visor, not under the seat.
These are a just few simple, but extremely important steps that will go a long way with the officer that pulls you over.
If, after the conclusion of the interaction with the officer you’re not happy with the results of the stop, and say you get a ticket, remember it’s not a good idea to argue or challenge the officer’s authority on the side of the road.
You have the right to take your concerns to the station or traffic court where the situation can be handled appropriately.
Officers are being assassinated at an alarming rate today and a large part of it, I believe, is the constant villainization of our law enforcement officers by the media.
The misinformation has got to stop! If we want to put the United back in the United States then we need to work together today for a better tomorrow for our children and our country.
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