First I want to thank all of you who commented and gave me your opinions. I think each person had valid thoughts and voiced them well.
I do need to say that race was never a part of my blog post for a reason. Each of the incidents only involved "white" victims. I can't speak to any other life or ethnicity but my own. I was so pleased that those of you who had feelings and personal knowledge about persons of color and how they might be treated by the police, spoke up in this forum. I am blessed by each of you and your hearts. I have said it before, I was grew up color blind and so are my daughter and grands. The vast mixing pot that is the southwestern USA afforded me that view. Color has never been used by any of us to describe a new friend. The new friend has always been a person first. I know that is not the case with all people.
Never just stagnant, the Cuckoos are moving forward with an idea planted long before I posted my blog post. Several of you suggested that "we" teach Ry what could be life saving techniques. It is amazing to me that even though we are miles and miles apart, so many are on the same wave length. We have spent many hours trying to do just that very thing. But there seemed to be something missing from our lesson plan. That something is to actually meet with police officers and let Ry meet them personally. That will be happening very soon thanks to another something that is in the near future.
Shelley had already been asked by the Special Education Development Team to be a parent representative and speaker in a round table with Albuquerque Police Department's Community Outreach. She will be a member of a team of teachers, parents and administrative persons from Albuq. Public Schools who will have the opportunity to avail APD with their insights into special needs children's responses or lack there of to stressful situations. She then is hoping to be one of the team that will speak to the Police Academy as well as the Sub Station roll call keynote speakers in the months to come. I am proud of her for making herself part of a teaching experience and hopefully part of an answer to a need.
Once again thank you all for your kindness, your thoughts and your good advice for the Cuckoos.
Smooches and Squoozes, Oma Linda