There's Chief of Police Vigilance teaching us all how to reduce
the crimes of the Beast of Terror who stalks our children.
While he's currently attacking crime in Los Angeles, his success in
beating the Beast of Terror is a blueprint we can use with our
children. Find out how you can be the Chief of Vigilance
to your child and loved ones, and, to yourself.
January 16, 2004—Ground Zero Plus 856
The Chief Sentinel Of Domestic Terrorism Rules Over Crime In Los Angeles
GROUND ZER0, New York, N.Y.--Jan. 16, 2004 --
In a political year where leaders are vying to run America by
attacking each other's personal qualities, one man is standing above
them all in his attack on what he calls "Domestic Terrorism."
Bratton was hired by Los Angeles to smash Domestic Terrorism
His name is William
Bratton, police chief for America's second-largest city, Los Angeles.
He was hired to quash domestic terrorism in
the City of the Angeles, where in 2002 more than 655 killings were
recorded, making Los Angeles the "murder capital" of the world.
In contrast, the
Defense Department reports the total
deaths in Iraq at 496. But not all these deaths were the result
of combat: 343 were the result of hostile actions and 153 attributed
to non-hostile events such as accidents, heart attacks and other
causes not related to hostile actions.
That puts Los Angeles at nearly double the "hostile
death rate" of Iraq.
Comparing Los Angeles' deaths to the battle in
Afghanistan, 70 of the 100 reported deaths were the cause of
non-hostile events. During the Persian Gulf War,
according to the Department of Defense, half of the 382 deaths were
Los Angeles in one year, 2002, recorded more "hostile"
deaths than the war in Iraq, Afghanistan and the Gulf War combined.
But, one man is changing that. He's the
Sentinel of Domestic Terrorism. And his antidote to crime is
putting more Sentinels of Vigilance on the streets and empowering them
to attack the Beast of Crime Terror with the ferocity of a bulldog
protecting its young.
as Police Commissioner in New York City cutting crime in half
Chief Bratton, who
served as the police commissioner for New York City from 1994-1996 and
cut the homicide rate in the Big Apple by 50 percent, assumed the role
as police chief in Los Angeles in October 2002.
He states the problem clearly, without window
dressing: "We have a domestic-terrorist problem here--gangs."
To attack the gangs, he charges individual offices to be accountable
for offenses in their neighborhoods and has shortened the
Essentially, he's made each cop the Sentinel of
Crime Vigilance for his or her specific area, and backed up his troops
with more troops, saying: "The penicillin for dealing with crime
Sociologists don't agree. They often
cite the economy and joblessness and environment as the sources of
increased criminal behavior. Bratton refutes that crime
can be resolved by focusing on the atmosphere around it, and takes the
more fundamental approach of crime equals punishment.
The citizens of the areas he has increased police
actions in agree with Bratton. The black and Latino
communities, which disproportionately suffer from the high murder
rate, have lauded Bratton for making their communities safer.
I applaud Bratton's approach. He is willing
to face the Beast of Terror, in this case, Domestic Terrorism,
with the same force the Bully Beast applies. He puts the
Sentinel of Vigilance directly in the path of the Beast of Terror.
These were the
headlines prior to the arrival of Chief Bratton in Los Angeles
are a symbol of a community's Complacency or Vigilance against
physical Terrorism. The higher the degree of crime, the more
entrenched Terrorism is within the community.
Terrorism--Fear, Intimidation and Complacency--seeps into the marrow
of a community when the citizens of that community are overpowered.
New York City is one example. Prior to
Bratton's forceful leadership, New York City was a cesspool of crime.
He drove a wedge between the criminal and the community by charging
the police with individual responsibility to protect their areas of
In Los Angeles, he does the same. He walks
the beat with his troops, visiting them and going on patrols to set an
In many ways, he's a role model of a Parent of
Vigilance. He's not afraid to fight "fire with fire."
Our children face all forms of "Domestic
Terrorism" just like the citizens of any crowded community do.
In our children's minds are many dark corners and alleys filled with
shadows, doubts, Fears, Intimidations and Complacencies.
Most often, our children don't express openly
the dangers of their Emotional Community. The reason they
don't tell us: "Mommy, I'm afraid I'm not pretty enough," or
"Daddy, I'm afraid I'm not smart enough," or "Gramma, I'm afraid I'm
not loved enough," is because we don't commit to patrolling the dark
corners of a child's mind where the Beast of Terror lurks in the
shadows, eager to attack a child's sense of worth, his or sense of
Beast will terrorize a child
Inside a child's mind the Beast, unchecked, will
mug the child's security at every twist and curve of life.
A harsh word by a parent, a statement such as "Don't bother me now,
can't you see I'm busy," is as devastating to child as a gun to the
head. The child feels abandoned and is weighted by a
sense of despair, not unlike a community member in a crime-riddled war
The Principles of Vigilance remind the parent
that he or she can do what Chief Bratton has done in New York City,
Boston, and now Los Angeles. By "policing" the Beast of
Terror the crime rate in a child's mind can be reduced.
of Vigilance talk to their children, their emotional well being
When a Parent of
Vigilance sits with his or her child and talks about how Courage can
overpower Fear, and how Conviction can shove Intimidation out of the
way, and the importance of Right Actions that benefit future
generations to quash Complacency--that feeling of powerlessness and
helplessness--the child sees hope and shafts of light brightening the
dark tunnels of his or her Emotional well being.
Parents who assume their children are
"free" of the Beast of Terror's wrath, and don't patrol the innermost
feelings of the child, leave the door open for the child to become a
victim of Emotional Terrorism.
Chief Bratton recognizes that the only way
to counter the Beast is to patrol the streets and to act with
Prior to his taking over the Los Angeles
police force, many cops were reluctant to be aggressive in the battle
against crime. The 1991 Rodney King case where police were
caught on tape using what many called "extreme force" to subdue him,
made the police reluctant to get out of their patrol cars except in
the face of the most severe criminal acts. This
Complacency allowed crime to soar. Criminals, recognizing
the hesitation, the Intimidation of the police, took advantage of the
gap between Right Actions and Complacency.
took on L.A. starting at the 77th division
Chief Bratton made
the 77th division, where the Rodney King event occurred, his prime
target. In fifteen months, his Vigilance worked.
Homicides in the 77th dropped 45 percent, from 118 the previous year
For parents, this is a lesson in
remembering that the great Police Chief of Vigilance for children are
the mothers and fathers, grandparents and loved ones who sit with a
child and share with him or her the Principles of Vigilance.
Parents who fearlessly share with
their children that they have Fears, Intimidations and Complacencies,
and call them by their names--The Beast Of Terror's footprints--are
taking the first step toward cutting the crimes the Beast commits
inside a child's mind by making the child feel "less than," "not as
loved as," "not as worthy as..." When the parents remind
the child that each of these Triads of Terrorism can be overcome by
Courage, Conviction and Right Actions, they open a door between
themselves and the child.
They become the Sentinel of Vigilance,
patrolling the streets of the child's well-being, on guard against
feelings and attitudes that may ultimately demean a child into
thinking he or she is not as worthy or valuable as another.
A parent who becomes a Chief of Vigilance
Police, in the likeness of Chief Bratton, will be willing to walk in
the child's shoes. He or she will not be afraid to
speak about his or her own Fears, Intimidations or Complacencies, and
how he or she must fight to overpower them so the Beast of Terror does
not win and control the neighborhood that exists between the ears of
The process can be fun. A
parent can share with a child how he or she overcame a troublesome
situation that could have made them feel badly about themselves, and
then ask the child how he or she overcame something similar that day.
Parents and children can build bridges of
trust, based on the mutual respect that each is looking out for the
In the former crime-ridden neighborhoods of
Los Angeles, the citizens who once looked upon the police with Fear or
Resentment, are now helping support them in their goal of making the
neighborhoods safer for themselves and their families.
Put on the
Badge of Vigilance
The unity between a child and
parent can be knitted by common purpose. When both child and
parent bond as one to fight Fear with Courage, and battle Intimidation
with Conviction, and to take Right Actions that benefit the Children's
Children's Children rather than fall into states of Complacency, the
Beast runs for cover.
the Chief of Family Vigilance in your home.
Reduce the Emotional Crime Rate
caused by unwarranted Fear, Intimidation and Complacency in your
children and yourself.
Put on the Badge of Vigilance.
And then put one on your children and loved ones. The only
loser in this battle will be the Beast of Terror.
If you're not sure, ask Chief Bratton.
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