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and without regard to status, sex, race,
religion, political belief or aspiration."
No, this isn't idealism. I expect this code
to be upheld, and I expect our citizens
to demand that we honor every word of
this code of conduct. Our police officers
need to be accountable. All of them
need to be iconic figures who represent
all that is best about us and our way
of life. I truly believe most are, but
tragically, not enough people are willing
to say as much.

3

Stand With
Police Officers
Not all police officers are perfect, but
we should hold ourselves up to a perfect
standard. That is why painting what
happened last year in Ferguson, Mo.,
and in other places with the broad
brush of racism is dishonest, unfair
and counterproductive. Each of these
situations must be looked at honestly
and according to the law. That means
waiting for all the facts, and using
those facts to get to the truth. Instead,
too many are quick to blame law

feel justified now because of the actions
of these politicians. We need to debunk
the lies and distortions being said
about our nation's law enforcement
officers. Once we do that, I believe the
individuals responsible for vandalism,
arson and worse will go back where they
came from.
When protestors use vile
language-some even calling for cops
to be murdered in cold blood-many
people are quick to say that what these
protestors are saying is protected speech.
Conversely, when law enforcement
officers like those in New York City
express their First Amendment
freedoms by turning their backs on a
mayor who has slandered them, some
people suggest they need to more
responsible. It would be more beneficial
if, at the same time that we protect free
speech, we point out what is right and
wrong, and what goes way too far-as
calling for cops to be shot certainly does.
Maybe if we do this, more protestors
will do and say things that are more
socially responsible. Perhaps then they

I believe now is the time
for Obama, Holder and
de Blasio to acknowledge
publicly that what they
did and said after recent
high-profile police
activities was irresponsible.

enforcement for some undefined type
of racism, without facts to back up
that charge.
I believe now is the time for Obama,
Holder and de Blasio to acknowledge
publicly that what they did and said after
recent high-profile police activities was
irresponsible. They should announce
that they didn't intend to create this
furor of cop-hating that seems to be
spreading across our country. Many
individuals currently causing mayhem

can help America advance our society
toward fairness and justice.
I believe if we would wait until facts
are available in high-profile cases, more
people will find this isn't about race at
all. David Klinger, a criminologist with
the University of Missouri-St. Louis
and a former police officer, found that
of the 1,265 people killed in St. Louis
between 2003 and 2012, a total of 1,138
of them (almost 90 percent) were black,
yet 90 percent of those were killed by

other blacks. His research found that
32 of those people were killed by police
officers, of which 22 of those killed
were white. That means that less than
2 percent of the blacks killed in that time
period were shot by white police officers.
These statistics match my experience.
I believe that what we really have
here are too many young black males
without fathers-without positive
male authority figures in their lives.
Without launching into a deep
sociological discussion, I'll just say
these facts show that it is dishonest and
counterproductive to blame cops for
systemic problems in high-crime areas.
By blaming cops, people are avoiding an
important discussion that could lead to
real solutions.
Fox News host Neil Cavuto asked
me about this topic. He said: "Sheriff, I
don't want to be shallow about this, but
how are you treated, and what kind of
reaction do you get among those in the
African-American community, many
of whom email me-many praising you
I should stress, in fact, most praising
you-but many with the 'Uncle Tom'
comments, and many with the 'Oh, he
isn't really one of us' comments. How do
you react to that?"
I replied: "I've been facing that for
a long time. Life is too short to get
worried about that. And also I remind
myself every day that this isn't about
me. This is about the message that I
have. I get tremendous support in the
black community here in Milwaukee
and across the nation because my
message is reasonable. And that's really
all people expect. They may disagree
with me on some points, but they know
my heart is in the right place. I'm going
to continue to protect the honor, the
dignity and character of our nation's
law enforcement officers as they go
out in these American ghettos under
some very difficult circumstances, put
their best foot forward and do the best
they can to make it a better place for
everyone, including black people."
I believe that we really share many of
the same values. I believe we all have to
stand up for those American values. I'm
asking you to stand with me and with
the rest of our nation's law enforcement
community in that effort.
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