An Open Letter to Law Enforcement.
We have been and will continue to be vocal supporters of the thin blue line, and it's necessity to maintaining a stable and functioning society.
There's a surprising number of RCMP and City Police officers who have sent pictures of themselves wearing our SYLI shirt underneath their uniforms, and who express support for our mission to mentor the next generation of warriors.
Even so, we'd be doing a disservice to history if we didn't admit that an inherent problem with the trade of law enforcement, much like that of the military, is that it requires sworn obedience to both the chain of command and the upholding of the law. (Detractors to the concept that the chain of command differs from the law must only look at the recent history of arrests and charged laid that were later thrown out of court for being in violation of Charter rights despite orders from the chain of command to enforce them.)
If history has shown us anything, it's that what is law is not always what is right.
There is a misguided concept within the law enforcement community, as recently expressed by a former Sergeant Major with the RCMP, that officers have no ability to decide which laws they can and cannot enforce.
Don't get me wrong, I fully understand that disobeying the chain of command could very well result in termination of an officers employment, and the loss of decades of hard work and stability that they provide to their families.
But when we tell our officers that they have no choice in which commands to obey, and to leave their own conscience and morality at home, we create a dangerous precedent that history itself violently attests to.
In the book, "Ordinary Men" by Christopher R. Browning, the author chronicles the history of a battalion of German police officers who police occupied Poland. Their story is a tragic one, as these men (too old to have been indoctrinated by Hitlers youth programs) who begin as respectful and moral officers, are eventually responsible for shooting pregnant women in the back of the head and pushing their lifeless bodies into mass graves.
How could men find themselves on the path of morality and end on the path of monsters?
By altering their course one degree at a time.
And at what point will history say that they passed the point of no return?
At the first degree.
The first decision they make to go against their conscience and morality sends them cascading down a path where each decision is harder to resist and they find themselves with less integrity to resist it with.
To all our brothers and sisters in law enforcement, please know this.
You always have a choice.
It may cost your career, but in the case of many who have already put their ideals and values before their livelihoods such as Greg Anderson (former Seattle police) and Cpl Daniel Bulford (former RCMP) among many others, it will preserve your very soul.
And to those who have already found themselves placing handcuffs on pastors, I urge you to remember that it was the the police who tore first nations children from their families, and that it was the police who forced Japanese immigrants from their homes and into detention centers, and that it was the idea that you as a human being can't choose between what is law and what is right that propagated these atrocities.
When you stand before the Son of Man to give account for what you have done, you will not be able to pass the blame on the law or on the chain of command.
Your own actions will condemn you.
I hope these words of both caution and of encouragement will strengthen your resolve.
Dr. Jordan Peterson on the book "Ordinary men."
Cpl Daniel Bulford on his resignation over the forced vaccination policy.
Former 75th Ranger and Former Port of Seattle Police officer Greg Anderson, on the ethics behind his firing and unconstitutional actions by police.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Jozef Lalka is a former Infantryman with the Canadian Armed Forces and founder of War Doll.
Since releasing from the military, Jozef has devoted his life to the scriptural motivation of the warrior culture, and the mentorship of the next generation. Having earned a diploma in Media & Video production, Jozef works as a graphic designer, photographer and videographer while pursing a passion for current global conflicts and how they relate to historical events.