Introducing: The Top Cop's Top Cops

AG Schimel at the Law Enforcement Officers' Memorial ceremony
Wednesday, September 9, 2015

People expect the Attorney General to have the answers, but lately, in the wake of so many incidents of attacks on the police, I have questions but no answers.

 

Recently, a Madison police officer was confronted by a crowd and punched after a street fight that he was trying to diffuse. The officer’s supervisors said the officer demonstrated incredible patience and restraint in dealing with the crowd. He was assaulted and still managed to take two people, including the suspect who punched him, into custody without injuries to anyone.

First and foremost, thank God the officer survived this attack. I imagine there were moments when he was concerned not only for his own safety, but also about whether he would face the sobering decision to use deadly force.

 

As I said, I am left with questions.

 

Where is the groundswell of praise for this officer who continued to do his job in the middle of this extremely dangerous situation? Where is the public outrage over the fact that someone in that crowd suggested that they needed to “start killing some of these cops”? Why aren’t there overwhelming calls to condemn a call for such an utterly evil act?

Was anyone there willing to stand with the officer if he lost complete control of the situation? Were there people who heard the call to murder police and wanted to respond, “No, he is here to protect us”? Were they afraid it would be an unpopular sentiment or that they would find themselves attacked?

 

The people who live in the neighborhood where this happened want officers to protect them from attacks, right? Don’t we all want that? Do people understand the implications if officers begin declining to go into dangerous situations in neighborhoods where threats to police are not condemned?

 

Looking further beyond this situation, why are we not more outraged at the apparent acceptability in the minds of some to laying hands on a police officer to resist or prevent an arrest? Why has it become OK from the perspective of some to run away from an officer who attempts to lawfully detain them? Why does it seem like so many just shrug their shoulders and accept such complete lawlessness?

What have things come to that someone would chant about killing this officer? Doesn’t his life matter? What will be the consequences of not changing this insanity right now?

 

I believe that the anti-police narrative is being driven by a small minority of people. I believe that the vast majority of citizens appreciate and support law enforcement. But it is time for that majority to be heard, and not just when mourning the loss of an officer murdered in the line of duty, as we did on Labor Day in Fox Lake, Illinois. We must demand that the local and national media tell the truth about the great things law enforcement officers do every day, rather than continuing to focus on the small number of problems and providing attention to hate groups who advocate attacks on police.

 

In the coming days, right here on our Website, you will find the positive stories, the acts of heroism, compassion, and service by police that happen every single day. It will be here on the “From the Attorney GeneraI” page under the heading “The Top Cop’s Top Cops.” I hope you will share the posts, and I invite and encourage the media to take each and every story we post and share it with their audience. I invite you, our community, to share these stories with your social networks, your friends, your family.

 

That leaves one remaining question:  Will you accept the invitation? 

 

Today's Top Cops - Waukesha Police Department

 

On June 20th 2015, Waukesha Police  received a 911 call of a “man down” in the city of Waukesha. Waukesha Police Officers Nathan Smidt and Nathan Caldwell arrived moments later and discovered a 61-year-old man was unconscious, not breathing and had no pulse. Officers immediately began CPR in the form of chest compressions and notified the Waukesha Fire Department . Waukesha Police Officer Katrina Frey arrived on scene within one minute and began assisting with CPR in the form of chest compressions.

 

The Waukesha Fire Department arrived on scene three minutes later and began life saving efforts. Due to the victim’s condition, the officers took turns administering CPR in the form of chest compressions for nearly ten minutes while paramedics administered advanced cardiac life support measures. The victim eventually regained a pulse and was transported to Waukesha Memorial Hospital.

 

Waukesha Fire Department Battalion Chief Mark Sweet wrote a letter to the Chief of Police Russ Jack saying:  
“I strongly believe that the diligence of your officers providing chest compressions and their teamwork with the Fire Department provided a favorable outcome for the patient… I commend your Officers actions and would propose their service to the public receive special recognition.”

 

These three officers were awarded the Waukesha Police Department’s Life Saving Award for their actions that directly contributed to saving the victim’s life. They served the Police Department and the citizens of Waukesha with integrity, honor and courage.

 

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