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In support of the MIT police officer

April 20, 2013 - Paul Giannamore
In 2009, after some jerk shot four Seattle police officers sitting at a coffee shop planning their work week with their laptops, I wrote a column that referred to a singular "Adam-12" episode entitled "Elegy for a Pig." The ending sequence is moving, and I describe it in this old column. If you're unfamiliar with "Adam-12," think of "Cops" with actors instead of real felons, and even slobs in trouble with the law wore shirts and usually stopped when the cops yelled "Stop, police!" The police officers Reed and Malloy are kind of representative of every cop on every possible call. It's about police in general, not just Reed and Malloy.

(And, by the way, the Seattle shooter walked up to a lone officer stopped in his patrol car two days later. The man reached for his gun, and the cop shot him dead.)

In this special episode, told only in voice-over from Martin Milner (Officer Malloy), the story is told of the loss of his friend in a shooting on the job.

When you read the elegy delivered by Malloy, please think about that young MIT police officer who was killed in Boston by the bomb suspects.

Picture a police officer in dress uniform walking alone, away from the grave at the cemetery, just after the funeral of his friend, after "Taps" and a 21-gun salute (the ending was flmed at a real Los Angeles police officer's funeral).

Too often, police aren't appreciated. Second guessed, criticized, griped at, yes. Thanked? Not often enough. Read the stories on the links I've provided. You should be a little bleary eyed when you're done reading them.

Thanks to the production values of the late Jack Webb and an excellent delivery by Martin Milner, here's just my way of letting cops know there are some of us who really appreciate what they do:

"And if there must be a final postscript to all of this, then let it here be noted: The coffin will soon be buried. He will be forgotten except by a very few. Out of sight, out of mind. And strangely enough, in view of current custom, no one will raise a placard to denounce his senseless murder. No one will raise indignant cries of protest at the shedding of his blood. No one will march in anger because of his death."


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