As a national expert in the forensic investigations of child sexual assault (CSA) cases and interviewing children, I found today’s tragedy of the murder of three Baton Rouge, Louisiana law enforcement officers with one more critically injured, and two others in stable condition, a tragedy. Not only a tragedy, but a travesty that speaks to the deepest core of what has become an epidemic of spoiled culture in the United States.
The question you, my audience, need to be asking, is why does it matter that a national forensic CSA and an ex-law enforcement officer care about the murder and injuries of other law enforcement officers; besides the angry reaction towards anyone who takes a law enforcement officers life and injures them for the inexcusable belief that law enforcement officers are racists human beings.
In the perpetrators plan, that which requires meditation, he had a developed knack for terror. From terror, there is a cost to the law enforcement community all over the world. These attacks on law enforcement are not attacks caused by law enforcement, instead are an attack on law enforcement that aims to destroy the inner sanctum. The focus of this article will not be a view of the financial costs and how law enforcement officers from other countries are affected – although they are affected by the breaking of the inner sanctum. Rather, the focus will be on the breaking point of the inner sanctum – the family that is law enforcement – and the breaking of honor the United States has carried for those whom protect and serve.
The answers would seem simple, but it is far from being simple. With this state of mind, let me discuss my perceptions of how multiple law enforcement officers being murdered or injured causes its own downward situation with a magnitude of how the entire community is affected by these unexpected travesties, and ultimately affective of specialized services, such as Sexual Assault Allegations.
When a major tragedy of unbelievable consequences strikes in a city, county, and State, without warning, most individuals begin to wonder who missed the clues that something may have been overlooked by those who should have kept their focus on the fact that there are those individuals, organizations, and countries who have no concern for life or property and want to destroy lives and property. With tragedy comes death and destruction, therefore, people, especially the media will place their focus on law enforcement, military, and the White House. Everyone wants to place blame and they don’t care who they blame, they just need to relieve their inner frustration. Your inner bias will want to blame those who you have a disposition against already. Tragedy pulls out a want to blame, and our bias will confirm that our blame is analysis.
Society wants to immediately blame and if they can blame someone outside the United States, such as ISIS, then this is the easy alternative. It is an easy alternative because it sounds intelligent to our bias. Due to the lack of national leadership the United States Citizenry wants immediate answers to whom was responsible. Was this a local psychopath, what some leaders and media organizations will call Domestic Terrorism, or a group?
The profile of who was behind the tragedy begins as the crisis unfolds. The (FBI) Federal Bureau of Investigations takes charge with the local and State trained officials to compile reports of what happened before, during, and after events. These agencies will work around the clock to ensure the safety of the United States by finding the motive behind the perpetrator.
These three powerhouses, will become the targets of a multitude of media organizations, including cable news, bloggers, and Internet resources, and the older networks, who are no longer a factor where people turn to receive their news. When one media door opens there will be the sharing of information amongst all the sources which have been monitoring the crisis from the beginning. With each update of what has and is transpiring another opens, and the journey begins for all. The questions will begin at the lowest level, focusing on the failure of law enforcement to develop critical information which is their responsibility of accumulating the necessary warning signs through their informational resources. Too often the community will ask their local law enforcement agencies, administrators, and their officers what happened to the chain of communication between the local law enforcement, the State, and Federal Government.
The lack of information and the withdraw of the current resources law enforcement agencies have budgeted for the fiscal year, does not expect this type of tragedy and the magnitude of the financial resources which will be in demand throughout the tragedy. There is a substantial financial cost which begins with a magnitude of law enforcement resources from a law enforcement agencies budget. At this point there is no predictive method which would allow law enforcement to understand the enormous pull in the criminal investigation tragedy which creates a specialized response by law enforcement where individuals in the community have in some way been attacked by one or two individuals who for unknown reasons. These attacks are planned to cause a plethora of death and damage and insert a sudden and quick demand upon law enforcement. These demands are unplanned for and put an unexpected burden upon police departments.
It is this unexpected burden that ultimately breaks the inner sanctum across all specialized departments for law enforcement. Unexpected and unplanned for events put a massive burden upon departments that are already buried in cases. All the previously discussed issues culminate for a department within hours; media, public demand, further analysis, working with broken families, working to prevent further disasters by detection. Furthermore, these tasks are not everyday tasks that police grow used to overnight – instead they demand working through frustration and emotion of losing a coworker. All the while regular crime continues and departments must balance emotion and work at every corner – including the sexual crimes unit.
The inner sanctum of law enforcement is broken amid these attacks; the fact it is not only patrol units that are affected but every unit being dramatically changed in a short motion. Not only do you have to work through the normal emotion that creeps up with sexual investigations, but you have the added emotion of bitterness and concern for yourself. These terrorist attacks affect every corner of a department, not simply the officer and his family. Law enforcement normalcy in operation is shattered – a new normal must be found. Above all it is the task of a new normal that weighs on law enforcement. That new normal has become a removal of safety in their job; every police officer must now live with the idea of, “Keep your head on a swivel,” not only in the back of their head, but throbbing as a migraine on the front of their mind.
In an attempt to give some action to this expose, the encouragement would be to help police officers feel a return to safety. History has shown that new normal, even a bad new normal, unfortunately becomes accepted and simply ‘normal’. It is doubtful that law enforcement will ever feel safe to return to levels of normal felt in the past. No matter, officers must feel some level of comfort from those who do support them. For those on the outside who support the entire inner sanctum of law enforcement to show their support will be taken at a higher level of gratitude than ever, because it is more needed than ever.
It is time for those who have quietly supported law enforcement to come out and show support and understanding for the entire law enforcement establishment. It is time that we step up and carry out our citizenry duty to show support for communities in need. The law enforcement community is one that is broken and needs the support of others; not help policing, but help establishing and healing communities.
As American citizens – whether we have relations to the law enforcement family or not – we should step up and move our support from quietly speaking about it at dinner or with friends to actions. Actions speak louder than words, and right now the United States needs to see action. Action to restore our next generation to a level of honor in the fact they are citizens of the United States. In that they may take that citizenship serious so that the next generation will let law enforcement heal and all units of police can focus on the crimes they must solve without worrying about establishing community and honor in the next generation. It is not about policing for the police, but simply reapplying a sense of responsibility in the next generation.
Law enforcement is now depleted of emotion, finances, and safety. There truly is no rest for the weary. Someone must protect those who protect us, but what happens when no one supports them?