Adelie and Staley's World

Adelie and Staley's World

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Protecting? Or Serving?

I'm just curious.  Which is it?  When an Illinois state police officer is hiding out in an obstructed driveway along a straight, flat stretch of country road at 7:00 in the morning, is he protecting or serving?  When he pulls over a 30-something woman driving a mini-van (yes, a little faster than the posted limit) with her 6 month old child to drop off before heading in to work (at a children's hospital), is he protecting or serving?  Is it the protecting or the serving that requires him to politely request $120 or a visit to the Pekin courthouse?

For the record, I was speeding.  I will pay my fine.  My $120 will not make the slightest difference in the sad and sorry financial state that Illinois is in.  But maybe, just maybe, it will help keep a few more state troopers patrolling those scary and dangerous early morning country roads so that they can continue to...which was it again?  Protect?  Or serve?

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