The members of the New Bedford City Council have stared down the mob and unanimously supported the men and women of their police department.

The city of New Bedford is a bastion of the Democrat Party. The city has elected national liberals, such as Gerry Studds, Barney Frank, Michael Dukakis, Ted Kennedy, and Elizabeth Warren to office repeatedly.

This long pattern of voting for liberals is what makes the New Bedford City Council's vote to support the police so important. The current attack on police has gone too far. The mainstream of political thought – both liberal and conservative – understands the need for professionally administrated law and order.

City Councilor Brian Gomes put forward a motion at the most recent meeting supporting police and "stating our respect and commitment to them as they protect and serve the City and its people." His motion also asked that a day be set aside for the children of the city to visit the police stations to express their support and appreciation for their local police.

This motion passed unanimously.

The motion is a wake-up call to the politicians who think it expedient to abandon the men and women who keep the peace and do it with their minds and bodies.

This motion is a tribute to the men and women who have died while wearing the badge of a police officer. Officer Sean Gannon, a New Bedford native, was murdered a few years ago on Cape Cod. He wasn't the first; sadly, he won't be the last.

The courage of the New Bedford City Council should be an inspiration to the rest of our fellow Americans.

Chris McCarthy is the host of The Chris McCarthy Show on 1420 WBSM New Bedford. He can be heard weekdays from 10 a.m. to noon. Contact him at and follow him on Twitter @Chris_topher_Mc. The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of the author.

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