Police officers are watching what is happening in Milwaukee and they all know the same thing…..We Can’t Win.
Policing In America is not an athletic event but if it was, the game would not be fair.
A fair game would wait for the facts.
A fair game would not demonize an entire profession.
A fair game would not take the side of the mouthy and violent few.
In a fair game, those that worked hard, trained and cared would have the advantage.
The riots in Milwaukee are a stark reminder that very little is fair in American Policing. You can do the right thing, protect the life of others, fight crime in an effort to let people live in their neighborhoods in peace and none of that will matter.
The bad guy can run, he can have a gun, be a career criminal and he can point it and none of that matters.
It is time for law enforcement to regain the advantage in a game that has been rigged against them. If we don’t, the real losers will be the communities that we serve.
Robert Johnson is a 20 year veteran law enforcement officer currently working at a large metropolitan agency. His assignments have included narcotics, gangs and training. He joined Law Officer in 2017 as an Associate Editor.