Law enforcement has been through the ringer this year, both physically and psychologically.
A cycle of support, followed by increased tensions, then outright abuse, has taken place for decades. Law enforcement is the victim of both physical and mental abuse at the hands of American citizens, local politicians, and Washington, D.C. bureaucrats.
Following an officer-involved shooting in Philadelphia in which deadly use of force was likely warranted, over 30 officers were injured by rioters.
This "d****d if you do, "d****d if you don’t" mentality is actually only one typical characteristic of abuse.
In a cycle of abuse, there are three distinct phases:
First — tensions build, followed by an explosion, then a "honeymoon" period, before the cycle repeats itself.
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Dr. Kuhlman was asked to discuss recent law enforcement retirements and resignations during this period of political unrest. The full episode can be viewed online. Dr. Kuhlman is featured in the 31-minute mark.
Dr. Kuhlman and Charles Marino of Sentinel Security Solutions recently co-authored an op-Ed featured on Fox News.
How would you like to work in a job that is currently under physical, political, and budgetary attack? Or better yet, show up to work and be told not to do your job and face the threat of criminal charges, firing, or both for carrying out your duties?
Following the deaths of Breonna Taylor and George Floyd caused by police officers, this is the environment that law enforcement officers now find themselves in. It is the reality of working as a police officer in places like New York City, Seattle, Minneapolis and Portland, Ore.