A veteran cop with more than a quarter-century in uniform is getting attention on social media after a Facebook posting where he described the toll the past year has taken on police officers in America.
And pleaded for help from his fellow citizens.
In the essay posted Saturday, Plano, Texas, police Officer Ricky Hendrix made it clear that his early enthusiasm for the job had carried him for decades, until the past year, with its incessant anti-cop rhetoric.
It’s an essay every politician in America ought to read — particularly the ones in the Democrat Party, who’ve spent more than a year coddling cop hatred built on the lie of Ferguson, Missouri, and “hands up, don’t shoot.”
I have been a police officer for over 26 years and I must tell you that the last year has been the hardest in my career. It feels like a total sense of abandonment by the people who Law Enforcement Officers care about the most. I am tired and I worry about what the future holds for new officers that take up this job …
I don’t understand how this country has been turned so upside down that the innocents and the righteous of the world are forgotten while the criminals are memorialized. Within the last week all the things that I thought have never bothered me have come rushing back. I have remembered all of them.
Hendrix describes, with heart-wrenching sincerity, some of the scenes that have been toughest for him – dealing with fatal wrecks, dealing with murders, informing heartbroken parents of the deaths of their children.
And he describes how knowing his job commanded the respect and support of the civilian population had carried him.
Over the last several months I have come to realize that I was able to carry the pain of all the things that I have seen over the years because I knew in my heart that the silent majority of this country had my back. That they stood with me knowing that I was fighting for what was right, standing with me to help the innocent, watching my back while I watched over them.
But the past year has made him think differently.
I came to realize this because over the last year that support seems to have disappeared. The vocal minority in this country would have you believe that I am a cold-hearted racist who makes judgements solely on one’s race. They would have you believe that the criminal actions of others should have no bearing on how they are treated even when they are solely in the wrong. They would have you believe that I am an executioner when in reality my profession has saved so many more lives than we have ever been forced to take. They have created an environment where I have conversations with my fellow officers about how it would be seemingly better for our families if we were to die in the line of duty as opposed to fighting for our lives.
That’s not an environment he’s willing to recommend to anyone, Hendrix writes. And that makes his warning at the end all the more dire.
If not for the men and women like Officer Hendrix, who willingly put themselves into a job where they see humanity at its worst – and routinely place themselves in situations where their lives could be at risk – are no longer willing to do it, who will?
Hendrix closes with a statement so simple even a child could understand it, but it seems beyond the grasp of the man in the Oval Office, the men and women who surround him, and even the mob of ruffians on the streets of America who go by the pretentious, ultimately meaningless, name of “Black Lives Matter.”
For many years I would encourage young people to seek a career in law enforcement but in the present climate I can’t bring myself to encourage anyone to take up this task. Something has to change or there will be no one willing to stand up for those who need it the most during the worst of times.
We need your help
Will they get it?
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