(TOWNHALL) – As the former chief executive and elected Sheriff in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, I always demanded professional conduct from my officers. It is crucial for the public to have trust and confidence in their law enforcement agencies. I stressed excellence – not perfection. It is important to realize that we are dealing with human beings and thus, the imperfection of the human condition. Like in any aspect of life, people are always going to fall short of what we expect. Your kids, even your spouse, will let you down at times. When in a position of trust like policing, a higher standard is warranted – so is reasonableness in enforcing discipline. Now that you know my standards, let's review the PC overreaction happening in Philadelphia, St. Louis, and Dallas.
Recent news stories involving police departments include some where officers were immediately removed from street duty on the discovery that they engaged in what can best be described as unprofessional banter on social media. In Philadelphia, 72 officers were placed on administrative leave. That is a lot of manpower to work without when most agencies are already operating short-handed. To me, that puts the city at risk and should only be done if officers are accused of criminal conduct.