During the fall of 2014, Police Officer Austin Glickman came up with the idea of Law Enforcement Officers Weekend (LEO Weekend) while he was a police recruit in the New York City Police Academy. At the time, the first of many “racially profiled” incidents occurred throughout the country with the police-involved deaths of Eric Gardner and Michael Brown. Although these incidents were completely justified, they sparked a biased and deadly movement against law enforcement officers which continues to last to this day. As each week passed, media outlets specifically highlighted new police-involved incidents which added fuel to the fire, growing the hatred against law enforcement to an all-time high.
Over the next 3 years, elected officials in our local, state and federal government turned a blind eye to the issue, allowing a small group of the general public to take hold of the media and spread their lies and hatred. Shootings and attacks against law enforcement officers spiked, with 135 officers being killed in the line of duty in 2016, 64 of which were shot to death. – Can you imagine going to work everyday, knowing that the media and the government are against you, physical and psychological attacks were at peaked levels, and that no matter what you do during the performance of your duty, you’d be judged in a negative capacity? The stress that this put on every member of law enforcement was astonishing. The jobs of a law enforcement officers are already hard and stressful, now couple those stress levels with this ongoing “movement” and you have a recipe for disaster.