“To serve and protect” – that used to be the motto on many of our patrol cars across the nation. The real history of American policing is far more complicated than that, and much of that history contains some very dark moments, but the ideal remains. A lot of good men and women go to work every day trying to make that ideal more of a reality, and they face a public that isn’t always supportive. And there are reasons for that, both real and imagined. There’s a lot we don’t get right, on both sides of the equation, but we do strive to do better. As a nation, we want better.
And then you have this guy. Our latest attorney general, who says,’Communities’ that don’t show law enforcement more respect may lose ‘police protection’.
I don’t have to ask what kind of boss would ever think that is acceptable, I already know. But his boss works for me, he works for you. Is this acceptable to us, as a nation?