As law enforcement professionals and leaders we often wish we could see into the future. The ability to see danger before it arrives would be one of the most valuable tools available in stopping that threat, protecting property and saving lives. But it only works if you heed the warning and believe the vision is true.

Over the past week or so the country has experienced some of the worst turmoil in recent memory. Following the violent clash in Virginia, both sides have been looking for ways to keep the fight alive with the majority of Americans, who support neither side’s extreme views, caught in the middle.

Social media has been flooded with images, statements and an idea concerning what is right, what is wrong and what everyone should support or believe. Like many of you, I see these posts and ignore most. But this past weekend I saw a post that I could not ignore – not because I supported it but because of the dire message it sent and the true fear for the future, it caused me to feel.

(REUTERS/Stephen Lam)

Let me set the stage:

The photo depicted a young woman, a girl really as she was probably only in her early twenties at most. I know nothing about this girl or her upbringing but by outward appearances my first thought was she is middle class, educated and not in want for much. Just my impression, but she was also covering her face with a black bandanna and holding a large cardboard sign on which she had written “All My Heroes Kill Cops”.

Others commented, “disgusting”, “terrorist” or “hope she never needs the police”, all expected and understandable reactions. All I could think was “what could possibly have happened to her that would cause her to think this is acceptable?”

Do you think she was the victim of lifelong abuse by the criminal justice system? No, probably not. I doubt she ever had any personal interaction with law enforcement.

Has she seen family and loved ones caught in an endless cycle of arrest, court & jail blaming those she believed to be at fault? Again, I do not believe so.

Has she been corrupted by a biased hateful media which glorifies “resistance” and vilifies law enforcement at every turn? You bet!

Has she been taught and influenced by crusading educators who have never spent a day outside the sheltered walls of academia? Pretty good chance that has happened too!

Does she now spend her days protesting hate and violence, protecting the “innocent” all while hiding behind a mask and threatening that same violence against other for simply doing their job? ABSOLUTELY!

Law enforcement is no different than any other profession in that it is made up of members from all different backgrounds, cultures, religions, and beliefs. The difference is regardless of personal beliefs we will all stand the line and protect every member of the public, and hold every lawbreaker accountable, whether we agree with their beliefs or not.

While I will not wish harm or misfortune on this young lady I do hope she has a positive experience with a cop soon. Maybe then she will see the true nature of those sworn to protect her even when she would not return the favor.

Disclaimer: The content in this article is the opinion of the writer and does not necessarily reflect the policies or opinions of US Patriot Tactical.

Tom Burrell

Tom enlisted in the US Marine Corps Reserves in 1987. Following service in Desert Storm, he transitioned to active duty with the US Coast Guard. In 1997 he left the USCG to pursue a position in conservation & maritime law enforcement. Tom is currently a Captain and he oversees several programs, including his agency investigation unit. He is also a training instructor in several areas including firearms, defensive tactics and first aid/CPR. In 2006 Tom received his Associate’s Degree in Criminal Justice from Harrisburg Area Community College and in 2010 a Bachelor’s Degree from Penn State University.
Tom Burrell

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