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I should have said something.

Three of you stood in a quiet corner, munching on something and sharing a narrative. Even though I was running a little late and on a swift step, I wish Id noticed your jurisdiction.

I should have said something.

Not to you, but to the women who strolled out clutching their coffees and muttering under their morning breath.

Whats incorrect with them? It drives me crazy when they hang out like that. Arent they on the clock?

I know youve heard it all before. Its that caricature of an overweight police officer downing doughnuts in his cruiser.

Wouldnt you love to know where that silly stereotype originated? Weve insured the scene in movies, sitcoms and comic strips. In fact, the only place I havent witnessed the police pastry myth is in reality.

That doesnt seem to matter though, does it? Unless youre blazing down the road with your illuminates and sirens on fire or chasing a bad guy out of a bank, then you must be fat and lazy and racing toward a date with diabetes.

Sadly, its only getting worse.

We question your motives every time you blink. We doubt your integrity. Roadside interactions are now i-captured and i-studied more than Orson Welles Citizen Kane .

Today, thousands of police will seek felons, make arrests, fight for justice and save lives without incident or fanfare. But we dont hear about those cases.

Why would we? We dont bother tuning in until an inconclusive and grainy cellphone video reaches the Internet.

When did this happen? When did you become more disliked and distrusted than the criminals you put behind bars?

When did we land in this alternate world where the presumption of innocence applies only to knuckleheads with knives and every policeman is corrupt until proven otherwise?

I should have said something.

How do they know why youre standing in a 7-Eleven? How do they know how long youve been there? Do they have a clue what you only saw , who you only served or how many you only saved ?

How do those women know whether or not youre on the clock?

Does it even matter? Arent you always on the clock when youre sworn to defend and protect?

I should have said something.

I wish Id told them how much I admire the brave men and women in this country who wear the uniforms of local, district, state and federal law enforcement.

I should have reminded them that while they get to live without looking over their shoulders when shopping at Target, our brave policemen run everyday with one on their backs.

They probably dont know that according to the Officer Down Memorial Page, 128 of our finest were killed in 2015 and 30 have already been buried in 2016 and the other perished in Ohio on Tuesday.

I should have told them that, too.

I could have demonstrated how proud I am of my uncles, cousins, friends, neighbors and brothers from church whove set their lives on the line for decades.

I might have explained that while I honor and respect those in the armed service defending and fighting for freedom around the world, I feel the very same for those defending and fighting for freedom in my own neighborhood.

Shouldnt we all feel that route?

Its time to end the whispering and second guessing.

Its time to end the mob-driven protests and recognize that in law enforcement, mistakes are extraordinarily rare.

Its time to commit that next time we walk into a convenience store and assure policemen munching on something and sharing a narrative, instead of muttering under our breath, well say, thank you.

I know I will.

Jason F. Wright is a New York Times bestselling writer, columnist and speaker. His latest release is an ebook exclusive on the origin of the Christmas Jars movement. Buy “Christmas Jars Journey” on Amazon today . Subscribe to his weekly column, join him on Facebook and follow him on Twitter. His latest book, “The James Miracle, ” is available on Amazon.

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