On July 4th, a wake up call for American cops
July 4th is a day to cerebrate the birth of the United States of America, a nation still strong, still powerful, but also a nation in transition, possibly in peril, and certainly a nation on the cusp of changes that may prove to be divisive. As we watch the demonstrations and the violence on the streets of Tehran, and the negative role of the Iranian police in that chaotic dictatorship, American law enforcement officers must ask themselves: “are we ready, truly ready, to keep order on our own streets if our own citizens turn against the government, against us, against each other?”
Remember that this country was born out of protest, out of the fight against tyranny and oppression, out of a need and a love for true freedom, and we are the ones who must walk that fine line between protecting the rights of those we serve and keeping the peace for the benefit of all. Whether you work in federal, state or local law enforcement, no one can deny these are going to interesting times for all of us.
This may be an unwelcome bit of doom and gloom on a holiday associated with fireworks, backyard barbeques, and flag-waving parades, but as crimefighters, we have an obligation to be informed and a duty to be prepared. Consider using this 4th of July as your personal wake up call to re-commit yourself to being a sheepdog — an ever-watchful warrior always prepared for what we face now and in the future.
As American law enforcement, we have an obligation to the men and women who fought and sacrificed to form this great nation, to our children and grandchildren who will carry on, and to our citizens who have the right to live freely and safely to continue to truly “serve and protect” to the very best of our ability.
Enjoy the holiday, but remember its true significance, and the role that you have in maintaining the freedoms that we all enjoy.
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