I feel like I am being constantly bombarded with one-sided inflammatory rhetoric. I do not even know where to find the truth.
I do know this much. In my personal and professional life I seek to serve the public. I feel a kinship with all public servants. I have never witnessed someone receiving less care because of their race, financial status, or religious views. This is the norm.
I do not care what race you are. I don’t care if you believe in God or what God that may be. I do not care how much money you have. I will take care of you. I will fight for you. I believe this is true for almost all of us. We don’t choose this life out of hate. We choose it to help.
There may be a few outliers, and I assure you the majority of us want them rooted out of our profession just as much as anyone.
I would also like to point out the lack of protection we have when we go to work in potentially dangerous situations. We cannot fight back. We cannot defend ourselves. We are heaped with verbal and often times physical abuse. Do we let this prevent us from treating you? No. Do my brothers and sisters in police and firefighter uniform use this as an excuse to not respond? No. We don’t.
So, excuse me for taking offense when people try to justify brutality against us. Someone needs to stand up and say “enough.” There is no excuse for the attacks on police officers. There is no excuse for the attacks on prison guards, nurses, and teachers.
We are part of the solution. We will continue to defend and protect our society. I would appreciate it if society would grow up and offer us the same courtesy.