Blue Lives Matter. Three simple words but they’re becoming more important every day. Liberals treat law enforcement officers with an astonishing lack of respect. An employee at a Shell gas station in California decided to express herself politically by turning off the gas pumps when cops pulled in.
“I’m driving a big what we call tool truck – a big commercial truck. It’s huge. So I drive it in and start filling up, no problem,” a Customs and Border Protection (CBP) recalled.
“There were four officers with us. They went inside to go grab some snacks while I pumped… She (the cashier) told the officers ‘we don’t usually serve CBP here.’”
After the cashier was done expressing her surprise, she turned off the gas pumps, leaving the hurried no officers no choice but to go elsewhere. The puzzled officers were even more upset when they found out this wasn’t the first time.
The men and women who protect our streets deserve to be treated with the utmost respect and consideration. Employees should behave considerately toward all customers, but law enforcement agents, in particular, have a claim for polite treatment.
They risk their lives for us. If something terrible had happened at the Shell station that the rebuffed the CBP officers, the first thing the cashier would do would be to call 911 and beg for the cops.
“I thought it was weird because it’s a big tank. I checked and I only had a half tank in there. It just stopped abruptly like I was done,” the officer said, describing how the gas pump shut off unexpectedly.
“That’s when our supervisors informed us that it wasn’t the first time that had happened. They recently turned off the gas on one of our chase cars that was filling up,” the officer said. “That Shell station has literally canceled the gas every time we tried to fill up.”
The gas station employee seems to have been acting on her own accord.
“Shell Oil Products US takes these allegations seriously, and our Retail Territory Manager is currently investigating this issue,” Natalie Gunnell, a Shell spokesperson, wrote in an email to the press.
“Shell does not condone the type of behavior alleged to have occurred, and we expect that third parties selling Shell-branded motor fuels treat every customer in a fair and inclusive manner… We respect and support law enforcement personnel and first responders across the country and are proud to have them choose Shell.”
The Obama administration encouraged anti-cop activists to express themselves. Millennials think that it’s cool to be against the police. President Trump is working hard to change that perception, but it’s going to take time.
Liberal think tanks are still denying that the problem exists.
“In the vast majority of states, you will get life or considerably less in prison for murder; but if you murder a police officer, you are almost certain to get death,” said Mark Potok, a senior fellow at the Southern Poverty Law Center. “So the truth is that including police in hate crime laws is merely a political statement ― and an unnecessary one at that.”
Multiple states have instituted Blue Lives Matter laws. Officers needed to be better protected, they’re more likely to get hurt if they’re policing communities that don’t trust them.
“Congress saw a need to expand the law to protect a group of our fellow citizens who we suspected were being targeted as victims of violence,” Chuck Canterbury, the national president of the Fraternal Order of Police, said.
“In the last few years, ambush attacks aimed to kill or injure law enforcement officers have risen dramatically. Nineteen percent of the fatalities by firearm suffered by law enforcement in 2014 were ambush attacks… Enough is enough! It’s time for Congress to do something to protect the men and women who protect us.”