Police officers certainly have it rough these days.
I know some may be skeptical of this statement, but step into their shoes for a moment. Here’s someone that is risking their life to keep innocent people safe from harm, while also dealing with hatred from certain individuals over the whole “defund the police” movement. Not to mention the fallout from this, including a cut in pay, an increase in hours and, in some states, unbearable conditions that may have you asking if it’s worth it.
But now we have a new problem – police are being targeted, and it’s making things more stressful than ever before.
This past Wednesday, two police officers were killed and one was seriously injured in Bristol when they were called to investigate a domestic disturbance, based on a 911 report. It turned out to be a setup, as an individual opened fire on them with an assault rifle before being killed himself.
These officers were barely in the prime of their career. Sergeant Dustin DeMonte was 35; Officer Alex Hamzy was 34; and the injured Officer, Alec Iurato, is just 26. A kid compared to other veterans on the force.
And yet someone went out of their way to fire upon these individuals when they were just doing their job.
“Today, our hearts are broken. We are united in immeasurable grief for those hero officers, for their families, and friends and for our all of our law enforcement personnel. Bristol and the entire nation needs to wrap our arms around them as well as our own loved ones.” Bristol Mayor Jeff Caggiano noted in a statement.
What’s worse is that this appears to be the beginning of a very disturbing trend where officers have come under fire. A report on Fox News indicates that 12 officers have been shot since Monday, including the Bristol tragedy. The National Fraternal Order of Police has since provided a statement on modern law enforcement protocol, essentially calling the nation “lawless.”
On Twitter, the group noted, “The spewing of anti-police rhetoric by some politicians and media figures as well as the failed policies of rogue prosecutor(s) and judges are placing our officers in greater danger. This culture of lawlessness must stop!”
I wholeheartedly agree with this statement. As I noted above, many officers are going through a living hell right now. Many of their forces have dwindled through retirement, quitting the job early (and leaving behind pension) or even suicide, resulting in increased hours and stress. Match that up with the lack of resources to keep them taken care of with proper gear and mental health treatment, along with individuals targeting these beloved officers, and you have a nightmare situation.
While there is a support bill currently making its way through Congress (and, hopefully, on its way to approval and finalization), it took forever to get there. So many Democrats and other politicians wagging their finger at the police and saying, “How dare you!” before even granting an inch of support their way. It’s just absolutely frustrating.
And now, even with spilled blood, there’s doubt amongst some, who will easily note how it was “their fault” or how “this is how the world works.” But it’s not supposed to be how the world works. These officers that are still on duty are showing how much they care about their job. About the people they protect. About their brothers and sisters who put everything on the line just to assure that someone will come home safe.
It’s time to stop being callous towards police officers. They do far more than we could ever pay them back for; and it’s time to stop targeting them and focusing on getting better as a whole. It’s hard to tell if we will ever reach that point in time, but I’m praying that a resolution is found sooner rather than later. Because, honestly, no officer deserves it. Not the ones in Bristol. Not the other victims shot this week.
My heart goes out to the communities that are dealing with these shootings this week. I hope they find the strength to carry on and keep being the officers we’re proud of.
Michael Letts is the Founder, President, and CEO of InVest USA, a national grassroots non-profit organization helping hundreds of communities provide thousands of bulletproof vests for their police forces through educational, public relations, sponsorship, and fundraising programs. He also has over 30 years of law enforcement experience, hence his pro-police stance for his brothers and sisters in blue. Those interested in learning more about Letts can visit his official website here.
Spurwing Plover says
Leftovers from the Question Authority crowd from the 1970’s
Ah, yes, legacy of the days of namecalling insults at the “fuzz” and the “pigs”
I said at the time, these people will one day be running the country, and prayed I was wrong.
Angel Jacob says
Without enforcement, the laws are null and void.
Make no mistakes about it. The attack on law enforcement is an attack on our laws, all the way up to the Constitution.
The people behind it all are the criminals and terrorists who want to get away with their crimes. AND rip off hard working, honest people until all good things are destroyed and the entire nation becomes a ghetto.
Muslims and Communists have created this plot. Getting rid of those evil freaks will fix the problem. Until that happens things will only get worse.
Isn’t it ODD that the DEMOcrats who push the anti-American line never seem to be AFFECTED by their insane followers?? Isn’t a LEFTIST DA part of “the police”?? It’s almost as if it’s ONE SIDED!
The good news is, one day, sooner than we think, those who are all in on the lawlessness they have created, will one day have their day in court. They will be taken away from it screaming and kicking and thrown into their eternal cell with every thought being; “I wish I had never been born.”
Walter Sieruk says
Those vicious and malicious street hooligans who shoot police officers and engage in other violent and deadly actions against them are also terrible plague of destruction misery bloodshed against decent law-abiding citizens and civilized society as a whole.
So much so, those such horrible criminals are so
Such horrible thugs are nothing original and they as far as to heinous and unconscionable evil that they are seven similar to the villains described in the Bible. Which reads, “Their feet are swift to shed blood; destruction and misery are in their ways; and the way of peace they have not known.”
Romans 3:15-17. [N.K.J.V.]
Walter Sieruk says
Those heinous thugs who shoot at police officers are malicious and even worse than lawless. They are outright wicked. Such malicious and vicious hooligans who engage in violence against police officers must have murderous intentions. They are blatant villains. The Bible teaches that a murderer “will not inherit the kingdom of God. “Galatians 5:21.
Furthermore, in the Bible in Romans 13: 1, 2 it is written “Let every soul be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and God appoints the authorities that exist. Therefore, whoever resists the authority resist resists the ordinance of God, and those who resist will bring judgment on themselves.” [N.K.J.V.]
In addition to all this, in verses 3 and 4 in this same chapter of the Epistle of Romans, with emphasis on verse 4 it actually refers to governmental law enforcement officers as a type of “ministers of God” Therefore, it stands to reason that engaging in violence towards police officers are really, engaging in violence towards ministers of God. How evil, how heinously wicked, how demonic, how monstrous. What and affront to all that is decent, good and right.
Lou Carvallo says
This comment is for your editor (as well as the author of this article), please include the name of the state when you are naming towns and cities. It’s a big country and there are many towns named Bristol. As for the content of the article, it’s clear that the current sad state of law enforcement in America is the product of years of erosion and a premeditated strategy by the left to undermine our society. Turning this around would take decades, especially because some of these deranged and lenient judges have been appointed for life.