It was not too long ago that an Idaho State Police academy chose as it’s graduating slogan, “Don’t suffer from PTSD, go out and cause it.” PTSD, or Post Traumatic Stress Disorder is a serious illness which causes nightmares, flashbacks, and other physical symptoms, such as the sufferer reliving traumatic events many months or years after the traumatizing event occurred. My grandfather, a thirty year veteran of the U.S. Army, suffered from PTSD. I learned at an early age to keep my distance from him when he was having nightmares and flashbacks. He developed PTSD after serving combat tours in WWII, Korea, and Vietnam. It was common to hear him let out a scream in the middle of the night, “Perimeter breach, perimeter breach.” At the time, these were chilling words that would keep me up the rest of the night. Sometimes, after he suffered a flashback or nightmare, I would watch him walk down the hallway with his hand covering the left side of his face. It was there that he lost his left cheek bone and part of his jaw by an enemy missile strike.
Today, many U.S. Soldiers returning home from war torn combat zones suffer from PTSD, and unfortunately, many end of taking their own lives. According to the Veterans Association, “tens of thousands of U.S. soldiers suffer from PTSD.” A fact less known is that many of these soldiers are returning home after serving numerous tours in brutal combat zones in Iraq or Afghanistan and are becoming police officers. This is not to say that they are automatically labeled bad cops. In fact, the vast majority of law enforcement officers are good, decent, and honest men and women who lay their lives on the line everyday and still choose to look at their job description as a public servant; one defined by the righteous slogan, “To Protect and Serve.” However, there are law enforcement officers who have a bad side with or without PTSD; a side that instills fear into the American people. It’s no wonder that many American’s believe that we’re living in a Gestapo fashioned police state. Read the PTSD article here, and watch the Youtube video here.
In a recent survey, Emergency room doctors agree that Police use excessive force. As Reuters Health reports, “The sample included 315 respondents. While 99.8 percent believed excessive force is used, almost as many (97.8 percent) reported that they had managed cases that they suspected or that the patient stated had involved excessive use of force by law enforcement officers.” You should read the full article here.
In order to combat against bad cops who seem to enjoy using excessive force, those officers who still define their job descripton as a public servant should use the slogan “Be a Better Cop” and report those officers who are destroying the trust of the American people.Published in