Morning Open Thread – Officer Clemmons and Mister Rogers

Officer Clemmons and Mister Rogers, from the video

Officer Clemmons and Mister Rogers, from the video

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From Great Big Story:

Remember Officer Clemmons, the policeman from “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood?” Actor Francois Clemmons was initially reluctant to take the role. Growing up in the late ’60s, Clemmons didn’t have a positive opinion of the cops at the time. But Fred Rogers convinced him, and Clemmons became one of the first black actors to have a recurring role in a children’s TV program.

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8 Responses to Morning Open Thread – Officer Clemmons and Mister Rogers

  1. wordcloud9 says:

    Good one Joy!

    My favorite Mr. Rogers quote:

    “When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, “Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.”

    ― Fred Rogers

  2. We never had a TV when I was a kid. The first time I saw Mr. Rogers, I was in college and it was a bit to juvenile for me then. Rogers was a gentle soul who was as real and genuine as he appeared on screen. Wish more people were like him.

  3. Good morning off’bss! That’s my favorite as well. I must say, I appreciate Mr. Rogers more now than I did when the show was airing.

    BTW, we need nested comments!

  4. And good morning, Chuck! The show was too slow and treacly for me, ever. But I agree completely about needing more people like him — or perhaps more accurately, showing more appreciation for people like him.

  5. Police have gotten a lot of horrible press, a lot of it self-inflicted. Several days ago, I had a great conversation with a Sheriff, his chief deputy and the department training officer. All of them were extremely critical of departments that protect rogue officers and have poor training. When an officer shoots first with a bogus claim of fear for their lives, it is usually a direct reflection on both training and culture of the department. The problem is compounded when the Internal Affairs investigation is focused on a cover up rather than getting at the truth.

    Has anyone seen the series Kentucky Justice or Southern Justice on the National Geographic Channel? Kentucky Justice was a reality series recorded in Harlan County, Kentucky. Southern Justice alternates between Ashe County, NC and Sullivan County, TN. It is a genuine reality series. Very little is staged other than some stock footage of patrol cars driving. Camera crews ride with officers, using both hand held cameras as well as fixed GoPro type cameras in the cars. I know a number of the officers featured regularly on both series. I hear some of the funny back stories that don’t make the cut to put on the air.

    This little video was made in Ashe County, NC. The sheriff was concerned about a 75 year old woman who was shot by an assailant who fired through the door. By some miracle she survived and the Sheriff stopped by to check on her after she got out of the hospital. As the sheriff observes, these are good people who don’t deserve some of the bad things that happen to them. I might add that these are the kinds of people I work with regularly, and are part of the reason I love living in these mountains.

  6. I am horrified with the news reports of police brutality; LE agencies that condone such behavior toward their citizenry are denigrating the entire profession and endangering themselves and the citizens by removing trust. And then there are the military-type equipment and clothing/protective gear. By all means, I want LE to have good protective gear! But surely part of what we are seeing in overt violence against citizens is a war-like mentality that is fostered by use of war tools.

  7. ann summers says:

    If police training could be seen as a community resource rather than expanding its self-perception as a paramilitary occupation force with occasional TV reality cop-show wannabees.
    There are crimes many against property as the blotter in my local paper tells me, so many requiring cops to do tasks that while thankless are often small corrections to much larger issues like bad parenting, poverty, stupidity, and circumstance. The crimes of microaggression and quality of life are probably the worse and cannot be prosecuted – the asshole whose dog poops on my lawn, the nasty teenagers who throw their trash on the way back from the 7-11….

  8. Ann, good points.

    Most officers I know had much rather work crimes against persons, than respond to a call from McDonald’s because they didn’t get the right change, or the fries were cold and greasy. The call every officer dreads are those that involve children. It may be domestic violence, a motor vehicle wreck, or an accident such as drowning. Those are the worst.

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