Today I interviewed Drew Stokes. He’s a veteran and has been in law enforcement for years. This morning, he told me about the day he was ambushed while leaving a supermarket.
“I f*ing hate cops!” screamed a man.
Before Drew could do anything more than drop the groceries, he’d been shot five times. Hours later, the surgeon told his wife that her husband was going to die. Minutes later, in the emergency room, they called his time of death.
By an act of God, he survived. And during the time he was being brought back to life, his brothers and sisters were donating their own blood to make sure Drew didn’t run out.
They are giving their own blood.
Last week, I was in Arizona. Art Del Cueto, President of the Border Patrol Union, gave me a private tour of the border wall. Except there wasn’t really a wall. There was a piece of metal.
His Border Patrol agents are regularly coming under attack. Not just physically… but in the media. They are demonized for trying to protect America.
“I just want my fellow Americans to know who they are,” he told me. “I just want everyone to know they are regular people like you and me. They love their country and they love their families.”
Art is fighting a battle that’s been so politicized that people are literally calling for the death of Border Patrol agents and launching attacks on CBP.
They are giving their hearts and souls.
Have you ever gone on a shift with a police department? I have. A few days ago, I got to meet some of the incredible pilots from the Tucson Police Department. One of them is married to a woman named Sherry – she’s a survivor whose first husband was killed in the line of duty.
Chris, the pilot, has flown in some terrifying conditions to keep people save. To protect the community.
His retina was burned thanks to a criminal on the ground with a weapon-grade laser. Officers across the country who are responding to shootings and worse are being blinded as gang members use this new technology to keep the blue out of the fight.
They are giving their vision.
In June, I spent time with the Corona family.
Natalie Coronoa was shot to death this January. She was 22-years-old. Her father told me about the beautiful little girl he raised and how close she was with her sisters.
He told me about the pain they experienced. The anger. The hurt. The love.
Her father was also a sheriff’s deputy, having dedicated his own life to service. Now he’s been forced to give his daughter to it.
They are giving their families.
I’m watching as politicians are openly calling for destruction of law and order. For decriminalizing crime. For opening the borders. For opening up the door to attacks on our law enforcement officers.
And they do so under the guise of “the big orange man is ruining America”, while they actively advocate for policies that will lead to more dead officers and more dead Americans.
I’m seeing the politicization of police to the point where not only are we not allowing them to do their jobs, but we are attacking them in the media and in court when they’re forced to defend their own life by taking the life of another.
We’re defunding them and handcuffing them… then we feign disbelief when their morale drops to the point where the suicide rate among law enforcement sky rockets.
That’s why I believe it’s time for America to apologize to police.
They are giving everything they have left.
Not long ago, I was at the grocery store. I watched as a little kid … no older than 5 or 6 … randomly punched another little kid who was just walking by.
The parent was mortified and extremely apologetic to the other mother.
“I’m so sorry,” she said. “I don’t know what’s wrong with my child sometimes.”
Yeah, that. That’s exactly how I feel about my fellow Americans.
So today, I want to offer an apology to police officers across the country.
I’m sorry that putting on that uniform and being a protector has somehow apparently turned you into a bad guy.
I’m sorry that after pulling people over for driving like idiots, you now have to address them AND the Facebook Live they’ve decided to broadcast you on.
I’m sorry about the disrespect. I remember when parents taught kids to respect the law. Then again, I remember when kids respected their parents as well.
I remember when wearing a badge made you admired. Now it makes you a target. I’m sorry.
I’m so sorry that you once were able to go into work and only have to worry about going home safe to your family … and now you have to worry that people will attack your families while you’re at work.
I’m sorry that social media now convicts you in the court of public opinion for simply doing your job, thanks to a seven-second cell phone clip that’s taken out of context and then replayed millions of times over in the media.
I’m sorry that you have to — even for a second — consider the implications of having to respond quickly and decisively, knowing that even saving a life could mean your career is over.
Internet trolls, keyboard warriors and self-proclaimed SJWs will use this article to talk about how terrible you are. For that, I’m sorry. You don’t deserve that.
I’m sorry that people talk about the American flag as a symbol of oppression, and I’m sorry that it’s not acceptable for you to publicly tell those people to kiss your American butt.
I’m sorry that you have to watch your fellow brothers and sisters take their own lives because of the stress and anxiety of the job … only to see people spit on their graves.
You have bureaucrats who have never stepped foot on your beat now telling you how to do your job and cutting your pay and your benefits and your resources so we can instead use that money for entitlement programs for people who don’t want to work for a living that you spend every day trying to save from themselves. I’m so sorry.
I’m sorry that you have idiots like the Governor of Connecticut who thank you for your service by cutting your jobs because he’s more concerned about giving raises to his friends then trying to actually balance a budget and keep the state safe.
— Live PD on A&E (@OfficialLivePD) May 7, 2017
I’m ashamed that we have people like the Mayor of New York who are more concerned with protesting President Donald Trump than he is concerned about honoring a murdered officer. I’m sick about it and I’m so sorry.
Everyone has an opinion over how you should do your job. How you should respond in a life-or-death situation. How you should or shouldn’t respond to a guy high on PCP beating his wife, a maniac wielding a knife, or a threat to other Americans. Thanks for your opinions, people. Perhaps keep them to yourselves and focus on finishing up that green tea latte and getting back to the classifieds. Officers — I’m sorry about them.
I’m sorry that you’re used as pawns … play pieces that can balance budgets and receive accolades when the lawmakers who use you need some positive PR from the media.
I’m sorry that you’re attacked for not being able to solve cold cases by the same people who, when being interviewed, will tell you “I didn’t see nothin’.” Why? Because it’s not cool to “be a snitch” — even when you can save the life of children or friends or family. But, you know, screw the police.
I’m sorry that when my agency announced we were donating $500,000 in services to police officers to tell the stories behind the badges, we were attacked for supporting “pigs and killers.”
I’m sorry that when people show their faith in you and their appreciation for you that it somehow brings out the worst in people.
I’m sorry that when you’re wearing your uniform and walk past a kid, that kid’s mom or dad will tell their child “watch out or that cop will arrest you.” I’m sorry they create such fear that their child will run into the arms of a child molester or a murderer instead of a protector in blue. And I’m sorry that the parents are so focused teaching hate that they forget to teach their child the difference between right and wrong.
I’m sorry that you’re going to hesitate for even a second before sharing this article because you’re concerned about what people will think about you.
Dear officers, I’m sorry about America. I pray for the safety of you and your families. But I’m not the only one.
You are the protectors … but there are many of us who are very quietly your protectors. We’ve got your six, blue.
What’s Being Done To Fight Back
I’ve shared this before… and I’ll share this again – a letter from the founder of Law Enforcement Today on what you need to know… and how LET is fighting back.
When I founded Law Enforcement Today, I did it during a time where freedom of speech still existed.
A time when the ability to market and advertise your company wasn’t infringed by bigger companies that control the media space and decide who does and doesn’t get a voice based on their own political perspectives.
Sadly, that time has come to an end. Which is why our family at Law Enforcement Today has no choice but to step forward to fill that void and begin advocating for people and companies that are being actively silenced.
We’ve received word from some of our partners in the firearms and tactical industry that Google is actively shutting down advertising accounts of companies in the firearms accessories and tactical space.
Let’s be clear – we’re not talking about companies selling guns.
One such company, for example, is Inforce. They make weapon mounted lights that are used by departments like the FBI, NYPD, LAPD, Boston PD, CBP and others. Widely recognized as being both an LE and a consumer brand that helps make people safer… they are now shut down by Google.
They are a company spending six figures on advertising their products to consumers on the search engine, and now they’ve been shut down.
Here’s the message they received:
“Google, despite our ads having run without issue, now insists that weapon-mounted lights do not fall into the “increasing safety” clause of their violent content policy, therefore they cannot approve our ads. This is regardless of the ad copy wording because the landing page contains policy-violating content (the weapon-mounted light products). Google is having to crack down on what qualifies as a ‘safety-enhancing’ accessory as a result of the backlash they have received following recent shootings in the US.”
Bing, another search engine, also shut down the ad account because the flashlights have “a line related to weapons.”
Please understand that we’re using Inforce as just one example of our many partners who have come to us about this attack in the recent weeks since the Dayton and San Antonio shootings.
Inforce, like many other partners of ours, moved to Google advertising after their ad account was shut down on Facebook and Instagram. Although the platforms explicitly allow for the “advertising of weapon-mounted lights”, they still shut down the ad accounts as they move to remove all firearms and tactical related advertising from their platforms.
Think about this for a minute. Where do you do your searching for products and brands? If you’re like most Americans, it’s Google, Facebook and Instagram.
When the three biggest platforms decide it’s time to attack the industry and the Second Amendment, it has the potential to be catastrophic. It’s, in effect, gun control through censorship. And it’s an attack that’s going to continue to spread.
We at Law Enforcement Today want to make our stance very clear.
We strongly and firmly stand behind the Second Amendment, companies that keep civilians and law enforcement officers safe through products and innovation, and the men and women who serve and protect our communities and our country.
We are launching a new series of options to help our partners and other patriotic businesses to be able to connect with consumers. While we can’t replace Google, Bing or Facebook – we sure can provide options to ensure that these companies and our brothers and sisters have a voice.
We welcome with open arms companies in the firearms and tactical industries and are proud to offer them options to get their products to market. We’re also proud to stand beside organizations like NSSF, which runs SHOT Show, along with the Anteris Alliance, to make sure that the companies they represent have a massive voice.
Now to the consumer side of things.
We started noticing the problems a couple of years ago. Social media was scaling back the reach of content that it didn’t believe people should see.
Not that there was anything offensive about it. We’re talking about pro-police videos, stories about patriotic Americans and more.
And from our perspective, that created a huge problem. We have some of the greatest warriors in the world. Yet their voices and their stories were being buried.
The mainstream media, on the rare occasion that it would tell some of these stories, would give you only a piece of them. They’d cram as much as they could into a 90 second segment, slap their bias on it and that was it.
We needed to fix it. And so we are.
Law Enforcement Today (LET) is proud to announce the beta launch of LET Unity – a new home focused on bridging the gap between civilians and civil servants. We’ve merged with The Whiskey Patriots to massively expand content, rolling out hundreds of videos to members.
Many of those in our focus groups dubbed it the “Netflix of the law enforcement community”. But the truth is, it’s so much more.
The first officer in the door at the Pulse nightclub shooting.
Emergency responders from the Parkland shooting.
The bomb squad that responded to the Aurora movie theater massacre.
Survivors of the Dallas five killings.
The first Marine Guard hostage in the Iran crisis.
The CIA agent who started a counter human trafficking company.
World War II veterans.
And so, so much more.
The membership is less than the cost of two coffees a month, and those who sign up for an annual membership will get some surprise bonuses in the mail. We decided to charge a nominal fee so we could take all of the proceeds and reinvest them into capturing more of these stories.
On top of that, we’re opening up the platform to some well-known podcasters who are going to be joining the team with some incredible content soon.
We have a problem in society. Censorship has created an existential threat to democracy. But even worse is the risk we run that some of these incredible stories of patriotism, hope, faith and our Sheepdogs would be lost.
We’ll soon be launching a series of content with Concerns of Police Survivors (C.O.P.S.) to share the stories of survivors. We will also be dropping a weekly law enforcement focused newscast that addresses some of the most important topics in the country… and helps bridge the gap between those who serve and those whom they serve.
On top of that, we’ll soon be rolling out a series of private discounts and special promotions to members only as a “thank you” for being a part of the family.
The beta platform is live and the apps for Apple, Android, Apple TV and Roku will be launching soon.
We hope you’ll join us in this journey, knowing that your membership is going to give a voice to those who have been silenced for so long.
If you are one of the many companies out there that’s being censored – or you’re worried about what’s to come – don’t hesitate to reach out today. I can be reached at [email protected]
We will not be silenced. You shouldn’t be either.
God bless you all, and God bless America.
Captain Robert Greenberg
Founder, Law Enforcement Today
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