NYPD Protect and Serve and Break Kids' Hearts

Abby Zimet

Wow: The NYPD sure could use some sensitivity training, or at least some sound P.R. advice. When Parents for Occupy Wall Street and a bunch of hopeful kids marched to City Hall to put up 5,000 paper hearts the kids made to protest police bullying and the arrests of 5,000 peaceful protesters, a couple of grim-faced cops didn't even wait till the kids had gone to rip them down. And we do mean 'rip,' as in, with a vengeance, even as the kids start to cry. Sheesh. And for those of you who don't approve of involving your kids in political actions or social issues: If not now, when, and if not you, who?

"We teach our children at home and in the schools that bullying is wrong and that the police are there to protect and serve the public. We tell them that just like in school, the Police Department have bullies as well, but that they are there to protect and serve us. "

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