Exclusive: Jeff Roorda calls on new president to combat false narratives about police
Now that the dust has settled on the 2016 presidential election, it’s time to think about what the next four years will look like. As a former cop and current police spokesman, I’m particularly concerned about what the immediate future holds for the brave men and women in blue who patrol the increasingly dangerous streets of America.
After suffering through eight years of an administration at war with law enforcement, we need a president who understands that cops do a difficult, important job that keeps us all safe. Too many have forgotten that or devalued the job police do.
Police killings are up over 70 percent in 2016, and fatal ambushes are up by over 150 percent. A downward trend in fatal assaults of peace officers ended in 2013. That’s because murders of police have been up every year since Michael Brown died trying to disarm a Ferguson, Missouri, police officer in 2014. It has resulted in the “Ferguson Effect,” responsible for a sharp increase in violent crime, murder and attacks on cops coupled with a general tendency toward lawlessness in our urban centers. America is a considerably less safe place because of it, and policing is more hazardous than ever. Our hometown heroes, it seems, need a hero of their own.
This is where you come in, President-elect Trump.