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    Retired Cop Speaks Out Against Police Union Tactics In Madison

    Retired Cop Speaks Out Against Police Union Tactics In Madison

    Thanks to a commenter to my post More Police Insurrection In Madison for this clip of a caller to a Wisconsin talk show about the conduct of police unions in the current protests:

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    Tom's right. The Wisconsin police have failed to do their duty. They have dishonored that badge they wear as well as forfeited their duty to protect and serve.

    When you place your loyalty to the union before the public, you have disgrace that Blue Line.

    Vicki has long been a big supporter of the police in Madison and Dane County. She realizes that their job difficulty is increased here by the liberal culture and politics. But she also doesn't hesitate to criticize them when it's warranted. Lately she has been dumbfounded by their actions or lack thereof.

    That caller was great. It could have also been a firefighter or a teacher with the very same inspiration to start their new careers and speaking equivalent criticism of those who have become union puppets.

    God bless Tom.

    Tom was spot on. Thanks for picking that up and posting it. The dichotomy of seeing sworn officers acting in the capacity of union toughs makes virtually every retired cop in the nation sick to heart. Wisconsin cops will not live this down for several years. The one's in Madison have demonstrated three things to the public that wipe away all the years of respect they've previously earned:
    1. They don't have the wisdom to comprehend the economic situation.
    2. They selfishly favor themselves over society.
    3. They dishonor their oath to equitably enforce the law.
    What in the world were they thinking? How can they ever again be trusted?

    Another aspect hasn't been mentioned, but Tom's call brings it to mind. There are fellow officers on the same departments who did not and will not demonstrate in Madison. They, now, have to work among the very public their brothers and sisters spat upon, making their own jobs much, much harder and possibly more dangerous. This isn't going to be over soon. In Wisconsin, and possibly elsewhere, you will see lots of intra-departmental turmoil in the months and years ahead as cops separate themselves into two groups, guardians and goons. It will not be pretty.

    This is exactly why public employees, especially cops should not be unionized. It is not that they should not be compensated well for their service, they should and they are greatly appreciated. However, union association can potentially bring a frightening element of corruption to their position power. I have for this reason been suspicious of Lt. Gov Duffy. Since I have been an outspoken critic of public employee unions, I have at time felt fearful that my family could be threatened by those in powerful positions.

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