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Backing the boys in blue

Victoria AtterberryIn the past year, police officers have received opposition due to their alleged disregard for black lives. Such claims have left many angry and bitter toward officers, resulting in a greater disrespect for those in blue. America needs a stiff reminder of how valuable police officers are to society.

Police officers are men and women who put their lives on the line to protect innocent people and regardless of what the media says, they are not the bad guys. We need police officers.      

According to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, in 2013 an estimated 1,163,146 violent crimes occurred nationwide. Without our men and women in blue, those crimes would go unchecked and pose an immense threat to society.

Policemen face perilous situations constantly. “I’ve been spit on, hit and kicked. Someone even tried to stab me,” said Officer Justin Brown of the Tulsa Police Department.

According to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund over the last decade there have been 58,930 assaults against law enforcement each year, and a total of 1,466 law enforcement officers died in the line of duty during the past decade. Officers’ job risks have intensified with the recent spew of police hate.

An Arby’s manager in Florida recently refused service to a female police officer for her occupation. In Aurora, Colorado, a person called 911 threatening to shoot police officers. Officer, veteran and father of four, Joseph Glinieuicz was recently killed by three men during a pursuit.

“We have targets on our backs just because we have shiny badges on our chests,” said Brown.

The real truth buried underneath all of the controversy is police are human too. They need support and affirmation that their job is not done in vain.      

Social media is exploding with new movements and hashtags showing support and respect for police officers. Back the Blue, Police Lives Matter and Respect Law Enforcement are a few of the movements spreading around.  People are encouraged to wear blue in support of law enforcement and to spread encouraging messages.

Kristen Brunson, a Texas resident and wife of a police officer, posted an emotional video on Facebook detailing how much her husband means to her. Brunson refers to him as “kind, loving and exquisite.”

“Thank an officer today,” Brunson wrote.  “They are someone’s entire world. They are human.”

The video has already received nearly 16 million views. Several people support officers whose voices aren’t heard. Brown called those supporters the “silent majority.”

Stop and think for a moment who our officers really are. They are people. They get out of bed every morning, put on their uniform, drive to work and pray that the day will end without incident. All lives matter, regardless of race and regardless of occupation.

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