If you’re like me, you’ve been inundated with videos of more police brutality in response to the protests against police brutality. This is a good moment to stop and reflect on the good cops that are out there and the unthinkable position they’re in right now.

Things are horrific out there for law enforcement officers: One officer was shot and killed in Oakland, California; an officer was run over in the street in New York City; over fifty Secret Service officer hurt in Washington, DC. All over the country, officers have been hit in the head with bottles, glass, and other objects. In Nashville, protesters kicked the officer’s horses as they tried to keep peace.

Yet, some officers have been willing to put aside their fear and try to connect with the very people protesting. This demonstration of good will and courage is astounding to me, and I think it will be to you, too. Here’s a round up of some of the moments from the protests that remind us that we’re all human, all Americans, and all in need of mercy and grace.

In Nashville, a police officer and a protester embraced in prayer:

In Michigan, a Sherriff took off his riot gear and marched with the protestors. “I want to make this a parade, not a riot.”

In New Jersey, police began marching with the protesters:

 

Again, in Nashville, a protest at the capitol was about to occur and the National Guard showed up in riot gear. When the protestors asked them to put down their shields, many of them did. Then, the protestors began singing, the old gospel hymn “Down by the Riverside,” which includes the lyrics, “I’m gonna lay down my sword and shield…” Several Democratic lawmakers came down to be with the protestors, while Republican lawmakers stayed up on the balconies.

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Mark Meckler

Mark was a co-founder of the Tea Party Patriots, and served as the national coordinator. He left the organization to work more broadly on expanding the self-governance movement beyond the partisan divide. Mark appears regularly on television in outlets as diverse as MSNBC, ABC, NBC, Fox News, CNN, Bloomberg, Fox Business and the BBC. He’s highly sought after for the tea party perspective from print and electronic media outlets, from the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, L.A. Times, Washington Examiner, Politico and the The Hill. Mark blogs at MarkMeckler.com, and his opinion editorials regularly run in many of the leading political newspapers both on and offline. Mark has a BA in English from San Diego State University and graduated with honors from University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law in 1988. He practiced real estate and business law for almost a decade. For the last eleven years of his legal career he specialized in Internet advertising law. When not fighting for the future of our nation, Mark is an avid horseman, and lives in rural northern California with his wife Patty and two children.