This quote has been making the rounds lately and I wanted to take some time to post it and spread it around a bit myself.
“No citizen can be secure while our peace forces are subject to murderous attacks in the street. No officer can be expected to perform his duty at a high level which the public properly expects of him if he must be continually apprehensive that even his most routine activities will bring him face-to-face with senseless and unprovoked gunfire. This deadly violence is wholly indiscriminate. Any policeman, at any time, has become a target for a killer, and this is plainly intolerable. Any person who commits an armed assault on a police officer will be hunted with every resource available to this Department. We will not conduct business as usual while a would-be cop killer is loose. I call upon all citizens to consider clearly what effect impassioned rhetoric condemning all policemen may have on the desperate or deranged. A climate of hostility that equates policemen with animals is unquestionably in my view encourages the possibility of lethal violence against the men who are sworn to provide safety and justice for all our citizens and who, with very few exceptions, live up to this duty.”
– NYPD Commissioner Patrick Murphy, 1970-1973