[September 16, 2020] Police in America are under siege. That should come as no surprise, and, unfortunately, many of our political leaders are encouraging violence against police officers across the nation. But there is at least one local Police Chief who is unwilling to “bend a knee” as other officers have done. Heber City Police Chief Dave Booth recently took to Facebook to say why he kneels to no man, and it required him to show moral courage.
“Kneeling for me, as your chief of police, is submitting to the protestors who have chosen to commit crimes of anarchy throughout our country and even in our own Salt Lake City. While in America, I kneel before no one – except the Almighty.” – Police Chief Dave Booth
Two days ago, I wrote an article titled This Veteran Doesn’t Kneel. Since then, it has become one of my most popular posts in the seven years of my blog. Thanks to long-time reader Tom Bushmaster, who linked to an MSN article about Chief Booth. Anyone who reads Chief Booth’s Facebook page should be able to understand his position. He is very clear about his religious beliefs and his priorities as the Heber Police Chief.1
Video footage nationwide shows protestors, politicians, and police officers kneeling amid protests against systemic racism and brutality.2 In large cities, in nearly every case, protest events have morphed into violent clashes with police, rioting, arson, looting, murder, and other violent acts against property and people. This is why, I believe, Chief Booth took a stand. He saw those police officers themselves are also symbolic and did not want to be perceived as standing for violence.
Police officers are increasingly finding themselves the target of attacks. Public officials have said the nationwide demonstrations against police brutality have been mostly peaceful. Many dispute those claims, but the fact that billions of dollars of property and several lives have been lost, cannot be overlooked.
Chief Booth said it well; I cannot say it better:
“I, along with my officers, feel blessed to serve Heber City. May God continue to bless this community with the peace and faithfulness it has always had.”
Here it is, a city moving in a positive direction.