Part of the wake up in looking at the media video from the January 6th capitol protest , vandalism and assaults was seeing people that turned out to be IN law-enforcement and came from the military….
It is forcing police chief and others to go back and double check who they have working for them….This after a rough last 12 months for cops across the country….
The FBI double checked the National Guard troops sent to the Capitol after jan.6th and about a dozen where pulled off the deployment ….
National Sheriffs’ Association President David Mahoney said many police leaders have treated officers with extremist beliefs as outliers and have underestimated the damage they can inflict on the profession and the nation.
The Capitol riot came as law enforcement officials already face a tense national landscape following last year’s protests against policing, calls to cut their funding and a broader reckoning on racial injustice. Then the mob stormed the Capitol, prompting criticism about how police treated the largely White crowd and then anger when allegations emerged that officers were among their ranks…
Patrick Yoes, national president of the Fraternal Order of Police, said he does not view extremism among police as a widespread problem but believes better screening of job candidates is warranted. For veteran officers, more robust and confidential mental health services are needed, he said, so officers do not become easy recruiting targets for the groups….