With the unrest in Baltimore over the last week, the relationship between law enforcement officers and the public has been in the spotlight more than ever.
A Wisconsin police officer posted an open letter on Facebook that is a powerful reminder of what they face day in and day out.
He touches on a few areas of frustration, ranging from parents:
I stopped caring today because parents refuse to teach their kids right from wrong and blame us when they are caught breaking the law. I stopped caring today because parents tell their little kids to be good or the police will take you away embedding a fear from year one.
Moms hate us in their schools because we frighten them and remind them of the evil that lurks in the world. They would rather we stay unseen, but close by if needed, but readily available to fix their kid.
… to armchair detectives:
If a crime isnt solved within the allocated 60 minutes it takes CSI on television, we are inept, incompetent, or covering something up. If we do get lucky it was just that and everyone with a Facebook account can post wonderful comments of how they would solve the case and how we are not nearly as clever.
… to selfish youth:
I stopped caring today because the culture of todays instantly connected youth is only there to take and never give back. To never accept responsibility for ones actions, but to blame everyone else instead of themselves. To ask what is in it for me? versus what can I do for you?
But, in the end, he says, tomorrow, I will put my uniform back on and I will care again.