ENOUGH IS ENOUGH!

Lauren E. Forcucci

 The disrespect towards law enforcement has become too commonplace;  Enough is enough. Why are we not having productive conversations about  the murders and horrendous treatment of police officers? Why are we not  talking more about what to do in order to put an end to brutality  against law enforcement? What are we as civilians doing to help put a  stop to the madness? Isn’t it time to take a stand for law enforcement?

It  is not good enough anymore to just have a breaking news bubble pop up  on our phones to announce that something else has happened to a police  officer. Sen. Elizabeth Warren made comments over the summer saying that  America has a “racist” criminal justice system “front to back.” These  offensive remarks do not help an already stressful and out of control  situation. Of course, instead of focusing on fixing issues and helping  law enforcement, the focus turns to absurd and illogical commentary such  as hers. Let’s fix that.

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Sgt.  Sean Gannon, Sgt. Michael Chesna? Do these names sound familiar? For  those in the field of law enforcement you are nodding your heads yes,  others perhaps not. These are just two among a list of far too many  police officers who have recently been killed in the line of duty. Why  isn’t something more being done to put an end to these vicious attacks?  One reason is because our news media and our daily lives are overcrowded  with distractions and a constant influx of other useless information. A  second reason is that politicians such as Warren are constantly going  on about some prattling nonsense. Why are we not talking about what is  happening to our law enforcement officers instead? It is time to take a  stand and speak out against her senseless remarks and other hateful  behaviors against law enforcement and try to change the situation.

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Outrage  is everywhere! For days Starbucks was breaking news across television  screens. But, when a Dunkin’ Donuts in Virginia refuses to serve police  officers it is hush-hush. Or, when a Burger King in Florida gives a  police officer dirty food to eat, then you hear practically nothing. Why  aren’t we talking about this more?

In another case, in  Massachusetts, a police officer was refused service at a Verizon store.  The store clerk was fired, and an apology issued. Clearly, an apology is  not enough. What did that police officer do to the salesperson to  deserve to be the recipient of such behavior? The answer is: nothing.

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While  the police are not able to refuse their time or service to those who  call asking for help, regardless of the situation, we need to question  who is watching out for them? There is outrage everywhere for the  mildest of things. People protest over the use of plastic bags and  straws instead of reusables. Students are protesting about grades and  stress. Why aren’t we channeling this same effort into doing something  about the lack of respect for law enforcement?

Heckling officers  is another issue that is senseless. Those who protect and serve  civilians are subjected to this nonsense and it is time for that to  stop. I have heard first-hand tales of officers being subjected to the  nonsensical rantings of college-age students and other adults just for  doing their job. Why isn’t this blaring across the news? The answer:  because of entitlement. I find this to be a bizarre phenomenon in our  society. Criticize the police but let us be sure that they are present  during events to keep things secure, (hi Hollywood that’s you), and  don’t forget they better show up when you dial 9-1-1, even though  disrespect is rampant.

It  is time that we start standing up for those who always stand up for us.  How many times have you heard about or perhaps watched a police officer  doing their job only to be on the receiving end of disrespect? Far too  many, in my opinion. The next time you feel outrage, stop and think for a  minute about what that means and why you feel that way. Is it because  you are sitting at a red light? Did your coffee arrive cold? Think about  your outrage and why it is not being directed in the proper way.

Why  aren’t we as civilians feeling infuriated by those who treat law  enforcement with such disregard? Why is it not offensive that people  treat police with such loathing, but they are the first to be called  when something goes wrong? It is time to re-think outrage and respect  and to start saying thank you. It is time to take a stand for those who  work hard for us, quietly, loyally and show-up regardless of treatment.

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Lauren  E. Forcucci, Ph.D. is an educator, writer, and proud American. Daughter  of an immigrant, granddaughter of a veteran, friend and supporter of  active-duty military, veterans, and police. Lauren has worked in  higher-education teaching political science, international relations and  criminal justice. Her doctoral research is in terrorism and her  dissertation is titled Cyber-Jihad: Waging Virtual Terror to Create an  Online Caliphate. Lauren is the owner of Limitless Edu Consulting.  

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