Picture this…you’re waiting for the bus and it’s right across from a bridge. You see this guy walk up to the edge and it looks like he’s there to kill himself. He swan dives over the side and you pick up your cell to alert police. The police arrive on the scene and you immediately feel a sense of relief come over you…until…you hear the police say to paramedics, “I would go out there and try to help my man out, but now with the city’s budget cuts, we don’t have the proper training or equipment that it takes to get him out.”
That’s right! They watched as a man walked right out into San Francisco Bay up to his neck. The man drifted out until his body was visibly floating on the water. And all because of protocol and budget cuts, the suicidal man was able to carry out his wishes. Imagine the witnesses and/or innocent bystanders who watched police watch the man kill himself. Just reporting the story makes me feel vulnerable and brings an ominous feeling of dread, knowing that there is more to come in the future. If it’s not budget cuts preventing civil servants from receiving the proper training they need to do their job or have the equipment they need to perform, it will be lack of people to do the job. However it goes, we will suffer.
Whoever thought we’d be discussing the budget preventing police from coming to our rescue. Race takes a backseat in our dilemma now. Now your city may not have the money to protect and serve. Ain’t that a blip! Check out the report.