Chapter 5

Baricza and his wife, Rebecca, and his two daughters, Samantha and Adele, were sitting down to dinner at their usual favorite restaurant, Luau. Discussing recent events that had happened due to the recent wave of anti-police officer music, they were shocked. "It's as if California, particularly, has absolutely lost its mind--and its heart," Rebecca said. "In Corona, on the west side, both California Highway Patrol and LAPD have had their cars vandalized with death threats."

Bear replied, "It's horrendous, the atrocities that go on. Death threats tormenting CHP in Malibu all the way down to L.A. . Captain Baker caught the blunt end of it all awhile ago in a riot, anti-police punks and bums against people who were just as crazy, both sides acting like chimpanzees, screeching, throwing things, violent, mindless… it was a war that day."

"I keep hearing that bullies are getting their kicks committing horrible acts against the kids of cops in all the junior highs and high schools here in L.A.. Beatings in hallways, burning with cigarettes, bombs placed in their lockers. Some speaker is touring all over the country on this very subject, trying to stop all the bullying. Her name is Jodee Blanco," added Samantha, the older of the two children, Hayley Baker's age.

"We can only hope this…'Wave Of Evil', as the local news people have called it, stops before it's too late," said Bear, both he and Rebecca secretly fearing for their daughters' lives. They had heard about an atrocity that had happened recently in the girls' former Mac Iver Middle School, a gang of teens taking broken glass from beer bottles and strategically throwing it at the unwitting granddaughter of a sergeant in another division, though Bear and Rebecca couldn't remember which division. He and a few members from Central would have to go quietly the next day, pluck the suspects out of class one by one, (for the girl was brave enough to tell who each of them were in the hospital when interrogated by Sergeant Bruce Nelson of Central)and arrest them, each having their day in court.

Meanwhile, Captain Baker, still recuperating in the hospital, heard by cell phone from Detective Arthur Grossman that most of the rioters Baker experienced had, thankfully, been arrested that day. "But unfortunately, some are still creeping around out there," Grossman explained as Baker's wife and daughter stood at his bedside. "The media is coming on strong, especially nowadays," said Jon. "Before I landed here, I checked out the lyrics to some of these rap songs on the internet. Young people download this stuff… about atrocities committed against police… it's just too horrible and obscene to describe, most of it, and they can hide it from their parents. They are influenced--heck, anyone is, young or old!--subconsciously, in spirit, in heart, and it rots their insides, so to speak, and pits them against the very guardians of their very lives, who put their own lives on the line all the time!"

"There's going to be a speaker at your daughter's school, am I right?" asked Grossman.

"Yeah. Her name's Blanco."

"Commissioner Getraer said to tell you he sent you an E-mail saying that as soon as you recover, you'll have to speak with her to the kids about how the media influences them to bully the kids of cops, specifically," replied Grossman. Jon rolled his eyes. Another speaking job, something he hadn't developed a taste for ever since his early years as a CHP officer in the seventies. He hated to conceal, to the young people, the many abominable acts the average police officer experiences. He always did his very best to stay positive at every public speaking affair…

"You know, Grossie, I can recall a really stupid movie from 1983, it had Chevy Chase in it. This family he plays the dad of goes on vacation to a place similar to Disneyland--it's a road trip--and somehow a dog gets involved in the trip. Chevy accidentally ties him to the rear bumper and they drag him all across a highway, accidentally killing him. They didn't kill the dog in real life, but that's how the story went."

"But…what's this have to do with all the recent mayhem going on?" asked Grossman.

"The point is, Grossie, in real life thousands of people watched this all over the nation, and they sent, well, 'cheerful' little fan letters later about how they'd proudly done the same thing to their own dog, with no regrets. Chevy Chase later said he often wondered how people like that live with themselves. The point is, the media inspires people. It's a very powerful tool. It shapes and molds all kinds of minds and hearts to either contribute to this world or commit atrocious acts. That's what this anti-cop music is doing to everybody, Grossie. It's moving them to terrorize--and even kill--anyone wearing a badge and anyone related to them!"

"I see what you mean," Detective Grossman replied. "It seems to me, at the moment, one of the most feared enemies of the CHP, in particular, is the media. Videos, CDs, downloads on the internet parents are often helpless against…"

Jon understood completely. He was determined to do…something, if it was his last earthly act.

Something has to be done before it's too late, he thought.