Police officers in the crosshairs

Police, Motocycles
Police, Motocycles

In every cause, there’s got to be a bad guy… apparently, now it’s the police. The people who put their lives on the line every day to protect us and keep us safe from the REAL bad guys, are now in the crosshairs of a very vocal segment of our population. This is bad news for us regular folk who rely on law enforcement to keep order and minimize criminal impact. It’s even worse news for our men and women in blue.

CampusReform reports that the University of California student-worker union sent a letter petitioning the AFL-CIO to end its affiliation with the International Union of Police Associations (IUPA). Why, you ask? It’s all explained in the letter. Here’s an excerpt:

“Historically and contemporarily, police unions serve the interests of police forces as an arm of the state, and not the interests of police as laborers. Instead, their ‘unionization’ allows police to masquerade as members of the working-class and obfuscates their role in enforcing racism, capitalism, colonialism, and the oppression of the working-class.”

With citizens so distrusting of law enforcement, it makes their jobs just that much harder. Would you really want to be scrutinized the way they are at this time in our history? At what point will they start to give up, take early retirement, or find another profession? And who will want to enter law enforcement knowing what they’re up against? The job is already hard enough. This isn’t a good situation.

Until our educators and media get on board with encouraging respectful behavior toward authorities (instead of encouraging blatant rebellion toward anything you don’t agree with) and sharing the positive success stories that depict the reality of the majority of police officers as people who “serve and protect,” things are not going to get better anytime soon.

Spread the word… law enforcement is NOT the enemy.

You can read the full letter and account at CampusReform.

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