Editor Note: Scroll down past the contact form to read more on why so many cops wish they had been killed in the line of duty…
It was suggested that I open this article with the following line:
“You may have noticed that over the past six months, we’ve gotten a little more outspoken at Law Enforcement Today.”
Screw it. I’d prefer to go with some real talk. Here we go.
We’re flat out PISSED at what’s happening to those who hold the Thin Blue Line and how their families and supporters are being treated. So we’re done keeping our mouths shut.
In the past, we had taken a completely middle of the road path. Report on things pertaining to law enforcement. Avoid politics, religion, celebrities and controversy at all costs. Tell people about fallen officers. Rinse. Repeat.
After much soul searching, the staff at Law Enforcement Today agreed that we had a duty that was much greater than staying in hiding. We have a responsibility not just to report on topics that impact law enforcement officers and their families, but to go to war for them.
You may not realize this, but Law Enforcement Today now reaches more than 25 million people per month. It is still – and always has been – owned by police.
Those officers toed the line because, quite frankly, that’s what cops do. They don’t get political because they CAN’T. They aren’t outspoken because they’d risk being fired. After all, the first amendment doesn’t mean anything when you wear a badge.
Then one day it happened. Robert Greenberg, the Founder of LET, turned on Fox and Friends and saw my mug on there. I was doing a segment about the war against police officers in America. He started following me on Facebook and shortly after, reached out.
“I know you’re the CEO of a marketing agency, but you’re one of the most pro-LEO guys who ISN’T a cop that I’ve ever seen. If you ever need stats or data to support cops on the national news, we can help you.”
It was a match made in heaven. We had just launched our campaign to donate $1 million in services to tell the stories behind the uniforms of emergency responders and veterans.
A year later, Robert asked me to be his National Spokesman.
“You can do one thing that we as cops can NOT do,” he said. “You can run your mouth, and no department is going to fire you.”
(Above- Kyle Reyes and Graham Allen produce a piece calling out the attacks on police officers.)
How sad is it that cops don’t get a voice?
Robert and I started traveling the country together to capture the stories of those who serve and protect our communities and our country.
We’ve interviewed the guy who ran the bomb squad in the Aurora movie theater massacre and was checking for bombs under the bodies.
We’ve shared the story of the off-duty cop who ran into Parkland unarmed when the shooting started and saved kids’ lives.
The officer shot while sitting in his cruiser at a light by a Muslim terrorist sat down at The Whiskey Wall to share his story.
We’ve spent time with countless wounded officers, including cops shot in the Dallas 5 massacre, the first cop in the door at the Pulse Nightclub shooting and literally hundreds of others.
We’ve attended conferences where we interviewed dozens of police survivors whose lives were saved by Concerns of Police Survivors.
We spent time working on investigations with a counter-human trafficking intelligence agency called DeliverFund.
We’ve worked with a company called DetectaChem that’s taken the war on the opioid crisis from border to border by putting the right products in the hands of police officers to save lives.
I could go on and on and share with you literally hundreds of videos, tell you thousands of stories or talk to you for days about the police wives, kids of cops and other amazing supporters we’ve met.
But the point is this – there’s a massive Blue family out there. And with a reach of more than 25 million people per month, we need to give them a voice. We need to share the stories of wounded officers and the impact their injuries had on their families. We need to honor the fallen, but we need to support the living as well.
We’ve seen the comments you’ve left when we post stories calling out politicians or celebrities. And it’s funny – we look deeper to see who is talking about what.
Overwhelmingly, LEOs and their families support us calling out policies that aren’t good for cops. They are behind us on going after celebrities who rail against LEOs.
But there have been many people who troll us, telling us we shouldn’t talk about those topics.
(Above: Kyle Reyes and Graham Allen share a powerful message to the families of fallen police officers.)
Interestingly, when we look deeper into who those complainers are, we find they typically aren’t in or related to law enforcement. As a matter of fact, most of them don’t actually follow us on social media… they show up to complain and try and stifle our – and your – voices.
Enough is enough. There’s a war on the color Blue in America. And we are going to continue to call it out. If a politician isn’t supporting the laws in America or those who are sworn to uphold them, we will call that politician out – regardless of whether they are a D or an R.
If there’s an entire party that’s working in a particular situation to undermine law and order in America, we are going to call that party out.
If there are companies, celebrities, community leaders, community organizations, non-profits or anyone else that wants to mess with the Blue Family, prepare to be called out.
John Jay Wiley, a retired Baltimore police sergeant injured in the line of duty, is the producer and host of the Law Enforcement Today podcast and radio show. He points out the blindness of law enforcement when it comes to those who come after the Blue Family:
“When working the street, when we received a call that an officer was down or was under attack, we would drop everything and go through anything to help them. It didn’t matter if it was gunfire, a fist fight, a criminal gang or terrorist attack … we were coming and we would do anything to make sure they were okay. Rest assured that when celebrities, activists, media, politicians or political parties unfairly attack law enforcement officers, we are coming to their defense as well.”
And yet those same protectors aren’t allowed to speak out.
For too long, the voices of those who serve and protect have been silenced. Not anymore.
We’ve launched stories from Sgt. A. Merica. Who IS that? He is YOU. He is each of US.
We decided to give a voice to LEOs and supporters who need to hide their identity.
Here’s how it works.
People submit articles. Once we verify their identity and background, we post the content anonymously to protect them, while still giving them a platform to share their stories.
We have a private email address set up that goes directly to our Founder for these stories. Send them to [email protected]
I want to end with a closing thought for those of you who have a problem with us very specifically calling out socialism. Let’s be very clear. Socialism and a free society protected by law enforcement officers will never go hand in hand.
President Trump nailed it:
“Here, in the United States, we are alarmed by new calls to adopt socialism in our country,” the president said. “America was founded on liberty and independence – not government coercion, domination, and control. We are born free, and we will stay free.”
At Law Enforcement Today, we are unashamed, unapologetically, unabashedly in support of the good and righteous men and women who hold the Thin Blue Line.
We will fight to give them and their families voices and protection. We will stand shoulder to shoulder with our brothers and sisters in the streets to defend freedom.
And let us not forget the words of President Ronald Reagan:
“Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children’s children what it was once like in the United States where men were free.”
Officers of America – we’ve got your six. And we’re about to get even more vocal about it.
~Kyle S. Reyes
National Spokesman, Law Enforcement Today
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Why So Many Cops Wish They Had Been Killed In The Line Of Duty
“I wish that when he shot me, he killed me.”
It’s a statement that I struggled to process the first time I heard it from a police officer who took six bullets in the line of duty.
It was far from the last time I heard it.
The sad truth of it is that with the dozens of LEO’s who have been shot in the line of duty that I’ve interviewed over the past six months, it’s a pretty common feeling.
During the first couple of days in the hospital, when they are barely clinging to life, they are surrounded by love and support. Local politicians rally around them. The community comes together in prayer. #BlueStrong we proclaim on Facebook.
And then the officer pulls through and everyone realizes she or he is going to survive. The bills start piling up. The worker’s comp and disability battles begin.
And everyone disappears.
The physical and emotional scars remain. But the true pain runs much deeper, as a community abandons those who made such an incredible sacrifice.
Gone is their ability to work overtime to provide for their family. In many cases, the family savings get pumped into medical bills while the bureaucrats try to find the most efficient way to pay out the least amount of money possible while still covering their asses and declaring #BlueStrong.
And the road to recovery slows.
“Had I been killed, my family would have been provided for. They would have received significant death benefits. They wouldn’t have had me as a burden. They would have grieved… but they would have moved on,” one wounded officer told me.
And then there’s the prescriptions.
“I’m going to end up overdosing on heroin one day,” another wounded officer told me.
When he saw the look of shock on my face and saw that I’d become speechless, he explained.
“I can’t make ends meet right now,” he told me. “The department is letting me go in a couple of weeks. I can’t afford to sue. My medical coverage is going to disappear. I can’t survive without the opioids right now because of the pain. So what happens when I can’t afford the prescription any more? I’m going to have no choice to turn to the streets. My kids will be fatherless within a year, because I’ve fallen through the cracks and I’m about to become a statistic in the very opioid war that I once fought.”
How is it that our country can be so great… and yet so screwed up? As my good friend Sal DeFranco, Former Navy S.E.A.L. and owner of Battle Grounds Coffee with his wife put it this way:
“We are the greatest nation in the world. We can topple governments. We can take over entire countries. We are back to back world war champions. And yet we can’t take care of our own.”
How is it that we can provide iPhones to those who don’t want to work for a living… but we can’t provide for our officers wounded in the line of duty?
How is it that we can make sure illegal immigrants get health benefits… and yet we can’t take care of the desperate health situation surrounding those who were shot protecting actual citizens?
How is it that “healthcare for all” is demanded by socialists in America… but if it’s something that supports “pigs”… it’s ok to turn away and force them and their families to suffer?
This isn’t the America I know and love.
The America that I believe in holds up those men and women when they are falling.
The patriots I know demand that we need to have the six of those who protect us and hold the Thin Blue Line.
As long as there is a single officer out there who thinks that the world – or their family – would be better off if they had died… we have failed.
And to those of you who are reading this who ARE those officers… I’ve got some tough love for you.
You WEREN’T a warrior. You ARE a warrior.
That didn’t stop when you got shot or stabbed or run over.
You don’t get to give up the fight and throw in the towel. That’s not what warriors do. What has changed is that now you have a new battle.
Now you need to fight not for society, but for your family. For what you deserve. For what THEY deserve.
The mission has changed. But it’s a mission nonetheless.
The world would not be better without you. The world is better because of you. And you need to stand and fight not just for you and your family… but for those who will come after you.
More will be hurt. More will suffer beyond words. More will be forgotten by the system. That’s why you need to rise and fight … and know that you’re not alone.
There’s a rising tide of those declaring “enough is enough”. Our family at Law Enforcement Today has your six. Who is with us?