Military and Police

Kids Hating Cops: The Neo-Left’s Self-Fulfilling Prophecy

Campusreform.org is reporting “a new study conducted by an Arizona State University professor shows that teenagers’ trust in law enforcement has plummeted in the recent years, despite their view of other authority remaining about the same.”

I’m sure this delights the police-hating left who will likely point to the study as vindication of their anti-cop positions. But is that the case? It seems more like a self-fulfilling prophecy.

You spend every waking moment spreading anti-cop myths with the able assistance of a compliant broadcast cadre and social media blasts about police use of force. From kindergarten through the 12th grade, you brainwash children against the police. And, once you successfully ingrain in kids that cops are out to get them, you gloat when a study shows you have been successful in your persistent slander and libel.

ASU assistant professor of criminology, Adam Fine, analyzed Monitoring the Future’s annual survey data of some 50,000 students and teenagers. One inquiry reveals how youth view law enforcement. Police uses of force (including lethal) have been declining, generally, since the 1990s. So, you have to wonder why youngsters’ trust in law enforcement officers is also declining. These findings are obviously inconsistent. If officers are using less force, ostensibly, youth have less to fear, right? Not when a leftist media, academia, and activist organizations shove anti-cop hate down your throats daily.

At least, right and conservative-leaning parents, clergy, and other mentors mitigate the psychological damage by countering the anti-cop myths with facts and logic. Unfortunately, left and liberal-leaning parents, clergy, and other mentors only serve to solidify the anti-cop myths with lies and nonsense.

This false premise, that police routinely use excessive force, particularly against minorities, is reinvigorating the left’s call to disarm campus police. There’s logic for you. The left does everything to endorse the idea there is an epidemic of campus shootings (there’s not). So, what’s their brilliant answer? Oh, I know…let’s take guns away from the cops who protect our kids—from criminals who come onto campus with…yes, guns. Yeah, that makes sense.

In fact, Yale University has proposed disarming their cops and donating money to the cop-hating Black Lives Matter. No open academia animosity against cops there, eh? Initially, people may have been forgiven for believing BLM was simply another minority grievance faction. After well-publicized chants like “What do we want?” followed by “Dead cops” and “When do we want them?” replied with “Now!”…no quarter can be given to those who continue to support such anti-cop, civil malcontents. They must know how the opposition feels about their hate-mongering.

Mr. Fine endorses my social indoctrination contentions. He notes: “A variety of studies have looked at exposure to social media and linked that to poor perceptions of police.” He adds that the various social media venues have “vilified police,” including ICE and other law enforcers. Campus Reform points to an incident where a professor suggested forcing ICE agents into quitting their jobs by publicly shaming them. Some anti-ICE voices even advocate for releasing agents’ personal information, including their home addresses and locations of their kids’ schools.

Finally (and no surprise here either), in a previously published paper, Fine found teens’ views of cops were distinguished according to their preferred political parties. It will surprise no one that “Kids who identify as Democrats or liberals report substantially worse perceptions of law enforcement than kids who identify more as Republican or conservative.”

So, nice job neo-Democrats (socialists). You are doing the youth of this nation no favors by setting them up against cops who exist to protect them—especially shameful by lying to them.

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Steve Pomper

Steve Pomper is an OpsLens contributor, a retired Seattle police officer, and the author of four non-fiction books, including De-Policing America: A Street Cop’s View of the Anti-Police State. You can read a review of this new book in Front Page Magazine and listen to an interview with Steve on the Joe Pags Show. Steve was a field-training officer, on the East Precinct Community Police Team, and served his entire career on the streets. He has a BA in English Language and Literature. He enjoys spending time with his kids and grand-kids. He loves to ride his Harley, hike, and cycle with his wife, Jody, a retired firefighter. You can find out more about Steve and send him comments and questions at www.stevepomper.com.

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