No War On Cops?

As we end what is easily the most dangerous year for law enforcement in recent memory, those on the other side continue to push their ridiculous agenda which is falling on deaf ears.  Last week the Huffington Post proudly claimed that there is no “war on cops”.

The author of this supposed journalistic article pushed the narrative that while line of duty deaths are up, history shows that it’s part of the job and that numbers will rise at times.  The only source used is a criminologist that worked in three different agencies before becoming a lawyer and then surrendering his license for the “mishandling of client funds.”  Hey Huffington Post….if you are in need of “police experts”, you may want to take a look at our authors.  They have a combined experience of a few thousand years in the business but then again they may not say what fits your agenda.

While the author is correct that police deaths have fluctuated since the profession began, it doesn’t tell the full story.

There is a war on cops.

Never in our history has media assisted countless groups in protesting law enforcement.  There was a time when groups calling for cops to be killed would have been vilified by the press.  Now they demand it.  They can’t wait to stick a camera in front of someone’s face to help promote their rhetoric and false narratives.  Never in the history of law enforcement has an entire political party including some of the highest ranking politicians in our country joined in the false narratives.

It’s not a stretch to theorize that this nonstop hatred spewed by groups and individuals was magnified ten fold by a biased media, would led an already unstable individual to think he is justified in sniping unsuspecting cops.  Cops who by the way only had one mission: to keep those protesting safe.

No war on cops you say?

When was the last time you heard groups across the country calling for “dead cops?”

It’s the rhetoric.

It’s the language.

It’s the hatred combined with the numbers that make the war on cops a very real thing.  Fortunately for the police, the message is falling on deaf ears based on the recent Gallup Poll.  The public’s perception of law enforcement has never been higher while it’s perception of the media has never been lower.  The public has spoken and they even voted for an incoming President that ran on “law and order.”

The love of police is the highest it’s ever been and still rising.  It might be wise to take notice.  Bullethead is not holding his breath for that…

 

 

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  1. ahaz

    There is not now nor ever has been a so-called “War on Cops”. While every officer death is a tragedy, officer deaths are line with averages according to the NFLEO memorial site’s own data.

    2006 – 156
    2007 – 192
    2008 – 149
    2009 – 125
    2010 – 161
    2011 – 171
    2012 – 131
    2013 – 109
    2014 – 122
    2015 – 123
    2016 – 135

    So based upon numbers this past decade, 2016 was the 5th safest year for police officers in terms of officer deaths. Despite the fact that a few mentally disturbed citizens decided to target officers, there is no concerted effort to target and kill police officers and to claim otherwise plainly irresponsible, unthinking and politically driven. Was there a war on police in 2006? How about 2007 or 2011? There were more officer deaths those years. Where was law enforcement’s outrageous declaration that there was some war on them those years?

    Why is it different now? It’s because law enforcement no longer controls the narrative when it comes to policing. The public used to automatically take the word of the police when it came to use of force and deadly force. The public didn’t think that law enforcement didn’t haven an agenda beyond law enforcement, that they care about budgets as well. The public didn’t think that law enforcement stopped people without reasonable suspicion and they certainly didn’t think that police regularly profiled minorities. Video has proven that much of our trust was misplaced, misguided and social media has allowed those abuses to exposed to the larger populace more quickly and efficiently.

    The public perception of law enforcement has changed now that everyone has a camera on their cellphone. Video has exposed that police do utilize force unnecessarily, that they do sometimes use deadly force without provocation. Video has exposed that police reports often differ wildly from actual events recorded by bystanders or security cameras. People see incidents like Tamir Rice, John Crawford, John Boyd and Kelly Thomas and legitimately question why those citizens were killed, especially when other means of dealing with hose citizens existed. And then people saw the militarization of our Police forces via the events at Ferguson. They saw our police officers dressed as an invading army, wantonly firing tear gas and flash grenades at people exercising their right to protest; eventually turning the protest into a full blown riot.

    But the police violence and militarization issue aside, people are now becoming aware of communities like Ferguson, where police was used as a tool for revenue collection rather that law enforcement. People now see the constitutional dangers of policies like “stop and frisk” , “broken windows” and “zero tolerance”. And now the public is becoming aware of law enforcement abuse of civil asset forfeiture laws and how they are used to augment police and municipal budgets. The public sees these things and realizes that out collective indifference toward the way we’ve allowed out police to operate needs to be corrected. We now know that use of force polices need to be more restrictive and individual officers and departments held responsible for those policy violations. The public sees a wholesale industry where people profit from mass incarceration and a failed “drug war”, primarily against marijuana users.

    So if there is indeed a “War on Copss”, its not because groups like BLM or some knuckleheads during the heat of protest stupidly say offensive things. It exists because of the very actions of law enforcement that has caused the public to see what is happening in some departments and say, “We now need to exert our control over law enforcement”. The public wants transparency. The public wants the bad cops fired. The public wants the cops that are criminally negligent, charged and convicted. The public wants the use of deadly force to be the last resort and not the first. And most importantly, the public wants a police department they can trust.

    That is the real war my friend! The public’s desire to have our police change versus the police desire to continue to operate without transparency and impunity.

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