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A War on Police? | U.S. PATRIOT NEWS & REVIEWS

A War on Police?

It seems like every day the news includes another story about a police officer being attacked and killed. Officers ambushed in their patrol cars, officers attacked in their own station house or officers who are attacked while responding to a fake call for assistance; the list of frightening circumstances surrounding today’s LEO deaths is like something out of fiction. Unfortunately, this is not fiction and it has led some to refer to today’s increased violence involving LEOs as a “war on police.” But, is “war” really an accurate depiction of what police are experiencing? Does referring to the growing number of line-of-duty deaths as casualties of a war help draw attention to the situation or lessen the loss?

I have to say “No, there is not a war on police.” However, I would say “Yes, there is an increased level of tolerance for violence against police.” Some may claim this is simply a matter of semantics or that is does not matter what it is called; police are dying at an alarming rate and it needs to stop. I would agree with both statements to a degree. Although it does not matter what you call it, when it concerns police dying, it does matter when it comes to trying to stop it.

Police Officer PatrolIf police are involved in a war, then the only options available are (1) fight to win or (2) surrender and sue for peace. Obviously, those tasked with enforcing the law and protecting the law abiding citizens can not surrender. To do so would result in anarchy and a general downfall of society as we know it. Although a no holds barred fight to the end seems like a good option, especially when you see a brother or sister fall, it too is not a long term solution either. As past “wars” have shown, including those on drugs and terror, the only way to win is to take off the gloves and use every tool available to you. This may be the answer when invading a foreign nation, but it never ends favorably in a domestic setting.

What law enforcement is experiencing is a rise in violence, coupled with an increased level of media attention. Every attack is national news, immediately spread via social media and even used a rally cry by anti-police factions. But it is not a war, not as long as the average citizen still calls police when they need help and denounces these senseless attacks. When soccer moms start pulling guns during traffic stops or high school principals call for students to march against the local station, then I will consider calling this a war. Until then, I believe it is better to refer to the local situation as an opportunity to educate the media and the public concerning the true nature of those committing these attacks. Take every opportunity to correctly identify them as repeat offenders, many of whom should have never been on the street, who lived an ever increasing life of crime which finally resulted in a police shooting. If you are going to refer to the current situation as a war, make it a war on crime and not police.

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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