I'm sitting outside Peet's at the APL building in downtown Oakland. Four flags are out for the Oakland police officers that were killed this past weekend. We sometimes take for granted that there are people whose sole job is to make sure our streets are safe. Even though there are the occasional black stains, I am thankful for the job that police officers and all the emergency and armed services personnel perform for us normal citizens. Next time you get pulled over for not coming to a complete stop, just remember to be respectful and understand that writing tickets is a very small portion of what these brave men and women do for us.