In the fog of war, only the lionhearted dare stand against evil.

Stealing police lives has become a social blight. Before you get crazy with statistics, I am referring to the modus operandi and intent of these homicides. What the numbers fail to show is the violent nature and feeling on the street.

Criminals take a human life without much hesitation, if any. There are consequences for these thieves, but the law does not seem to deter them. Morality sure does not factor into the equation. Aside from serial killers, many murders stem from emotion and a domestic aspect. The ambushes and lack of hesitation to kill a police officer comes from something else.

Killing police officers used to be a rarity. Now it seems like a sport. An officer killed in the line of duty is still a national loss. They are too frequent and consume the locality affected. However, the stories are fading from headline news just like the military killed in action. This alarming spiral of societal decay reflects a nation’s people in peril.

Sometimes random things spark an inspiration to write articles. There has really been little to get jazzed about. Who can get inspired when the news pans on another officer down and law enforcement sites are overwhelmingly police memorials?

I put cop killers on the top of the list of subhuman. There are not enough dirty words to describe them. These assailants are disconnected and wicked with intents to bring harm and disorder to a community. Yet, we keep producing them.

So how do we stop them? I really have no magic wand and anything common sense would take a political movement.

I used to think as a united front we could improve our societal dissonance. For instance, I saw slight improvements in community relations by criminals’ limited respect and distance from crossing the edge when we got out of our patrol cars and communicated with the citizens. Officers mingled with citizens between calls, conducted knock and talks in plain clothes, and presented neighborhood safety days. It sounds kind of like sissy enforcement, but the idea was to create collaboration and trust. I think it helped. Over the years, its effectiveness lost its luster. Service calls grew from criminal complaints to suspicious anything because people could not communicate or reason.

Now I think officers should just stay in their cars because it seems to be the only form of shielded protection from flying bullets. But that is the kind of fear these criminals are trying to instill. Does it work? It might not shake the steadfast, but you can bet it has a ripple effect.

It matters for a moment-then we slide into our new normal.

Police department signs glow neon with NO lots of vacancies.

How many people are lining up to be police officers these days? I remember hundreds of applicants with 1 or 2 openings. Now you get 35 applicants with 10 vacancies. If anyone knows police testing, that means you might hire 1 or 2 of those if you are lucky.

Communities mourn the loss of their officers, and there is an initial hit to the conscience, but it passes with time. Perhaps the “average Joes or Janes” might wonder how they could ever make a difference in this behavioral decay when they believe they are not the problem. But they are the problem.

I think society started to accept more and more violence. Today it seems to be permissible to resort to physical action when you feel your point is not heard or there is an injustice. We have lack of civil order in many big incidents which snowballs into a country-wide tolerance of aggression. Over time, this keeps growing while being perpetuated with technology and the boundaries fade.

And so here we are, dealing with a wave of cop killers.

Social decay cascades into community collapse.

I am not afraid of an army of lions led by a sheep; I am afraid of an army of sheep led by a lion.” ~ Alexander the Great

If we keep allowing irrational behavior and hostility, the police are going to run out of law and order. In fact, they are going to run out of human resources.

Does anyone really know how it feels to be hated by good people and bad? Do you really understand that a cop must keep their head on a swivel, even in their own home? Law enforcement officers comprehend this vigilance and it becomes a part of them. It doesn’t make it right, but it will always be a perpetual component of police life. This notion does not make great marketing strategy for law enforcement.

The social temperature can be visible on the internet or in your hometown. Can you feel the external hate boiling on your own social media newsfeed when you scroll? It is everywhere regarding everything. Maybe some post sparks an emotion in you and you react rather than passing it by. I have been guilty of that as well. Even the workplace is not safe from political hot points and social problems. People feed off each other and grow a mob mentality.

Compound the increase in law enforcement deaths with the amount of mass shootings and you have what police call a clue. Additionally, the age of the offenders gives insight to the disconnection in our youth. It is not a blanket social science conclusion, but one to explore.

No matter the disagreements we all have, there is no justification or level of acceptance for cop killings. Do I think their deaths are above anyone else’s? No. A rise in police officer homicides and the manner of their murders are a sign. It reflects a dangerous decline of society. Take heed.

Don’t you think it is about time to dig your heels in? Through all this turmoil, I find it hopeful that the lionhearted officers still push forward despite all the dysfunction.