In a nation that has always honored and cherished first responders, we now are witness to a compelling and disturbing twist. One group that seems to be missing from television ads or public media notoriety is our nation’s law enforcement community.
A recent television ad from the Ford Motor Company celebrated first responders that drive Ford vehicles by focusing totally on the fire department. While we certainly honor and respect our nation’s firefighters, the fact is, police departments are a major market for Ford.
The proof of this that Ford's vehicles can be seen in communities across America on patrol.
Firefighters, paramedics and yes, police officers are all acknowledged as first responders.
Yet, now it doesn't seem trendy, relevant, or even acceptable to show the same industry who lost 71 heroes in the burning twin towers on 9-11 as being worthy of our current praise and adoration.
There has been a definite shift since the George Floyd incident in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Interestingly, while there has been a wide paint brush to smear our nation’s law enforcement as bad and callous, we can't find one officer or law enforcement leader who supports the way officers acted in that situation.
Most law enforcement management will not justify poor decisions or training in policing.
America is at a crossroads.
Where do we go from here?
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Polls have closed, but in some states and locales, the ballot-counting continues.
2020 elections results are emerging, their numbers are being reported.
In an appreciable number of instances they're even being questioned — by pollsters, politicians, experts, academics, and other "talking heads."
Do their observations and comments inadvertently stoke and incite anger?
Meanwhile our nation's city administrations, inclusive of their law enforcement arms, are hoping for the best,while preparing for the worst.
America's law enforcement is readying itself for protests, civil unrest, riots, and looting.
Many agencies have made the decision to not allow officers to take the days off following the election — they're anxious over manpower.
Business and shops from Rodeo Drive to New York have boarded up their doors and windows.
The tangible fear of an impending, violent tantrum from children who just didn’t get their way is beyond real and is being felt nationally.
As officers prepare themselves tactically for days of potential unrest, unsung heroes are left worrying. The spouses and family members of law enforcement are often forgotten, but no less deserving of our gratitude. As their officer’s leave for shift on election night and the days after, memories from this past summer will re-emerge.
Such visions are inevitably filled with worry, fear, sadness, and anger
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