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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