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Friday, December 16, 2016

Cops to Trump: Save us

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.

Or worse.

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.



Anonymous said...

Save the cops by legalizing drugs. Do you see farmers markets shooting each other over tomato turf? No, but some places people do get shot for selling a plant. Wasn't there an incredible amount of violence surrounding prohibition of alcohol? They blame the drug for the violence but the violence is from the black market created by prohibition. Anyone who will put crack, heroine or PCP in their body is going to do it regardless of the law so to try to "reform" them only wastes our money, time and officers lives.

Anonymous said...

@10:09 decriminalize drugs/legalize marijuana at the federal level. Right now marijuana is classified the same as heroin/crack cocaine which is ridiculous. Every 25 seconds someon is arrested for possession of drugs; half are for marijuana. If Trump truly cares about police he will end the drug war so law enforcement can concentrate on violent offenders. Of course this won't happen with Sessions as AG.

Anonymous said...

No to legalize drugs. I grew up in the 60's & 70's and seen what drugs do to people and crime. They were not as strong as they are today which makes them even more dangerous. Legalize the death penalty with narrow appeals process no criminal wants to die. they know they can do what they want with next to nothing as penalty. Ask any criminal if they would commit a crime if they knew they would die.

Anonymous said...

death penalty for killing law enforcement.

Anonymous said...

Bravo 1236 and 1248- legalize dearly drugs? You are crazy. If you think that legalizing drugs will end violence among these drug dealing thugs you are mistaken. There will always be a black market in one form or other and evil blood suckling thugs will always take their place in it. Hang heroin, meth and cocaine dealers and deport weed dealers.