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Law Enforcement Memorial Service, May, 2014.  Paul Goldfinger photo. ©

Law Enforcement Appreciation Day, Neptune High School, January 9, 2015. . Paul Goldfinger photo. ©

Memorial service in the Great Auditorium, May, 2013.  Paul Goldfinger photo. ©

Memorial service in the Great Auditorium, May, 2013. Paul Goldfinger photo. ©

In 2014, police across the country received accelerated criticism when the Ferguson, Missouri situation erupted last August.  There were riots there at that time and again in November 2014.

On january 9,  2015 there was a police appreciation event at Neptune High School.   We reported on that assembly and we discussed how the press and some of the public across the US had been turning on the police. A number of speakers at the  Neptune event  mentioned the issues, and we quoted them. Here is a link to that article or you can read it below.:

BF report on Law Enforcement Appreciation Day Jan 9, 2015.

Subsequently there were further Ferguson eruptions in March, 2015 after the ruling by the Justice Department.  The AP reported that:  “The Justice Department won’t prosecute a Ferguson, Missouri police officer in the shooting death of an unarmed black 18-year-old, but in a scathing report faulted the city and its law enforcement for racial bias.”

This is the gist of that Ferguson PD report:   “In March 2015, the U.S. Justice Department announced that they had determined that the Ferguson PD had engaged in misconduct against the citizenry of Ferguson, by discriminating against African-Americans and applying racial stereotypes, in a “pattern or practice of unlawful conduct.”

Next Tuesday, May 19, 2015, the 31st Annual New Jersey Law Enforcement Memorial Service will take place in the Great Auditorium. It may or may not be appropriate to mention these issues at the service, but we will see if any of the speakers do, especially the Governor.

Will  he say anything on Tuesday to defend the police who always place themselves in harm’s way to protect the public?    Because of the current  assault on our police, the danger to those who serve with honor has increased. This year five New Jersey heroes who died in the line of duty  will be remembered at the service.

All members of the law enforcement community, family, friends , the press, and the public at large are welcome and greatly encouraged to attend. No RSVP is required. It begins at 11:00 am.

JOSH GROBAN   from Les Miserables

On stage at the LEAD Rally at Neptune High School.  Paul Goldfinger photos © On stage at the LEAD Rally at Neptune High School. Paul Goldfinger photos ©  NHS color guard in the background.

By Paul Goldfinger, Editor @Blogfinger

With all due respect to the organizations that planned this event in a hurry, the two hour session, although well intentioned, failed, for the most part, to confront the real challenges that have recently been causing so much angst among law enforcement.

We all are aware that the police have been frustrated lately by unfair allegations that they are out to abuse young African-American males. Those that recently promoted anti-police demonstrations, rhetoric , and even violence would like America to believe that the police are racists and go out of their way to stop, search, arrest and even shoot unarmed black men. Most reasonable people know that those charges are false.

These allegations have been paraded across the country by media and community “leaders” who prefer…

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