Standing in Solidarity With Law Enforcementby Representative Doug LaMalfa
Posted on 2015-01-08
LaMALFA asked and was given permission to address the House for
Mr. LaMALFA. Madam Speaker, last week on the evening of New Year's
Day, I had the honor and privilege of being invited to attend the
Fallen Officers Memorial in Chico, California, where I joined members
of our community in paying tribute to members of our law enforcement
who had made the ultimate sacrifice in the previous year.
In the U.S., we lost 118 officers nationwide, 14 in California. We are still mourning and feeling the sting of the loss of Officer Davis and Officer Oliver in a horrific crime spree in Placer County in northern California.
Yet what we hear in the news isn't really consistent with how we value our law enforcement--at least, how we should. Nearly 50,000 officers in 2013 were physically assaulted in the line of duty, but all we hear about is the other way. Madam Speaker, less than 1 in 1,000 contacts officers have result in any kind of physical need with the public. Indeed, that is less than half of 1 percent of an estimated 44 million contacts our officers have.
Now, in light of what we saw in Paris yesterday where their officers, in many cases, are disarmed, and what it looks like is happening in America, we are disarming the confidence in our officers and our law enforcement, we better change our attitude really quickly and value what our men and women in blue do for us so we don't have a worsening situation like we see going on around the world.
I stand today in solidarity with our brothers and sisters in law enforcement and ask that all Americans do the same as we do our business.