Friday, January 13, 2017

Billy Long: Hanging pictures of pigs in police uniforms is shameful

(From Seventh District Congressman Billy Long)

In 2016 there were 135 law enforcement fatalities. According to the 2016 Law Enforcement Fatalities Report, that was a 10 percent increase from the previous year and the highest number of fatalities since 2011. Of the 135 officers that died, 64 of them were killed by gunfire with 21 of them being the result of an ambush-style attack.

Such statistics is a sobering reminder of the risk that law enforcement officials make to protect the safety of us all.

Earlier this year, news broke of a picture hanging in the U.S. Capitol depicting police officers as pigs. Police officers in my district brought it to my attention and I later brought attention to the issue during a GOP Conference meeting. My colleagues and I were outraged.

Each day our law enforcement officers put their lives on the line for their communities, sometimes walking into situations knowing little of what to expect. Hanging paintings of pigs in police uniforms in the U.S. Capitol, of all places, is shameful. Our law enforcement officers deserve our utmost respect.

January 9, 2017, marked National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day. I thought it was appropriate to take this time to once again thank our law enforcement for the hard work that they do. I want the men and women in uniform to know that I support them and will do all that I can to make sure that they are treated with the respect that they deserve.

The national dialogue regarding law enforcement over the past few years has been disheartening. Officers have been talked about as if they are the problem rather than the solution. I refuse to accept this as the new normal.

Each morning law enforcement officers wake up, put on their uniform and say goodbye to their loved ones. They go to work each day not knowing what exactly the next call will be, who they will encounter or what they will face.

135 law enforcement fatalities are 135 too many. They each had families and dreams and they were willing to sacrifice their lives for the sake of all of us. I encourage everyone to let an officer know you care about them and that you appreciate what they do in often challenging circumstances. I will continue to voice my support for both local and state efforts that support our law enforcement as well as support legislation at the federal level that supports our law enforcement. It’s the right thing to do and I’m thankful for the opportunity to do so every day.

10 comments:

Harvey Hutchinson said...

Thank you Congressman Long,

That picture is sick, as well as the disgraceful trash that painted it!

Burn it!!

Harvey Hutchinson 303-522-6622 voice&text 24/7

Anonymous said...

Right, because free speech is about burning things you don't agree with. I disagree with most of your comments, but I will defend your right to make them.

Harvey Hutchinson said...

That is true, till it gets to the point of bad taste, and encouraging hard working, ( under life threatening circumstances for our behalf) police officers to be shot in the back

Buzz Ball said...

I disagree with the picture and agree that it should not be displayed in the Capitol. But I would not call the person who painted it disgraceful trash. That is going too far.

Anonymous said...

You are right. We should ignore the life experiences of this high school student that led to this creative expression and burn it. That is far more constructive than a dialogue on race as it relates to law enforecement. Don't judge a man until you have walked a mile in their shoes is such terrible advice. Screw empathy grab the matches!!!

Anonymous said...

11:09am it must be a terrible experience to be shot at by barnyard animals. You sir are an idiot.

Anonymous said...

Congratulations on completely missing the point. Clearly no one has ever had a negative interaction with a police officer and we shouldn't be concerned with why those opinions are being formulated. Name calling is the solution. The child is trash and anyone that cares to learn about their perspective is an idiot. You have finally solved race relations, what a relief.

Anonymous said...

11:09-9:39 - Sarcasm is a higher order thinking skill ...

Anonymous said...

Hell, the next thing Blubba will want to ban are the paintings of pigs in Congress.

Anonymous said...

... and that is why there are no mirrors at his house...