Tensions are high in the city of Chicago right now. A lot has been going on. The Cubs won the World Series. There was a shooting of an armed man by an off-duty Chicago Police Officer. And there was the election.
Those three events have directly impacted the police. They are the ones who are called to control all of the drunks celebrating in the streets. They are the ones called when a man is wielding a gun in the middle of a family oriented neighborhood. They are the ones called when people come out to protest. In good times and in bad they get the call.
All of their days off are being cancelled. They are being taken away from their own families to protect other people’s families. And it’s time we start to show them the respect they deserve.
I have two brothers. They are more like sisters to me. We are very close. We have been through so much together and I don’t know what I would do without them.
They are both Chicago Policemen. Every time they walk out the door I worry. Especially with the way things are right now.
I look up to both of them and not just because they’re so much taller than me. I admire them both. They do one of the toughest jobs there is and you’d never know it when they get home. They are somehow able to leave the job behind and be regular family men when they’re off duty. It amazes me.
I am aware of all of the terrible things they must see on a daily basis. Yet I can’t even imagine it. I know it’s something I could never do.
I’m constantly calling and texting them. I like to know where they are at all times so when I see something on the news or social media I can know if they are in imminent danger. Lately I feel like they’re always in imminent danger.
I don’t know exactly when it became politically correct to bash the police. I don’t know when the media became so biased. But I really wish things would change.
Police families everywhere are worried sick. We’re all praying that all of our family members make it home each night. We need to pray for peace.
To all the police men and women. It must be so hard hearing all of the media coverage of how you are the enemy. How you are the monster. Just know that there are so many people out here that support you and all that you do to keep us safe.
Thank you. Thank you for doing what most of us could never do. Thank you for being you.
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