Mike Rowe, the star of “Dirty Jobs” and other entertainment programming, on Monday previewed the first episode of a new program that he described as an “unapologetic tribute to law enforcement.”
In a Facebook post, the TV personality and host of a new Fox Business Prime show “How America Works” also noted that without police, American society would fall apart, noting that “there’s a line between civilization and anarchy” he called “thin” and “blue.”
“In it, you’ll see an unapologetic tribute to law enforcement, as our cameras follow a few good cops over the course of a few days on the job in Wilmington, NORTH CAROLINA,” he wrote — a reference to a needed correction after he said earlier on “Fox & Friends” the program tracked officers in Wilmington, Delaware by mistake.
“You’ll also meet an ‘explosive specialist’ named Marion — one of the 50,000 four-legged officers who have become indispensable to national law enforcement,” he added.
“What I should have said – had I been conscious – was this: There’s never been a tougher time to be a cop than right now,” he added. “After years of lopsided media portrayals and misguided attempts to defund law enforcement, many Americans have formed a wildly inaccurate view of the 800,000 good cops out there who will never wind up in the headlines for disrespecting their uniform or abusing their badge.”
“As a result, we’re not only seeing a devastating rise in crime all over the country, we’re seeing unprecedented attacks on cops,” Rowe continued.
“On 60 Minutes, FBI Director Christopher Wray just talked about a literal war on police officers. Last year, a cop was killed in this country every five days – many victims of ambush,” he wrote.
“In other words, they’re not just dying in the course of fighting crime, they’re dying because they’re being targeted, and that stunning fact has been largely ignored by much of the media.”
Rowe went on to post a link to the 60 Minutes interview and said that “there’s a line between civilization and anarchy.”
“It’s thin, and it’s blue, and tonight, you see what it looks like in Wilmington, NORTH CAROLINA!” the host concluded.
A Monday report by the BBC, of all outlets, honed in on the targeting of American police officers and cited some of the Wray interview:
Murders of police officers rose by nearly 60% during 2021, amid a wider rise in violent crime across the US, according to FBI Director Christopher Wray.
In an interview with 60 Minutes, Mr Wray said 73 officers were killed in the line of duty last year.
Murders of all kinds across the US have risen dramatically since 2019.
Mr Wray said violence against police was a “phenomena” that “doesn’t get enough attention”.
He said it amounted to an officer killed every five days. Around 1,000 people are killed in the US by police each year, although only a small proportion of cases lead to criminal charges.
The FBI director went on to say that while “some” of the violence being directed at officers is “tied to the violent crime problem as a whole,” officials at the FBI and elsewhere nevertheless believe that “an alarming percentage” of cops killed were specifically targeted and “killed through things like being ambushed or shot while out of patrol.”
“Wearing the badge shouldn’t make you a target,” he told 60 Minutes.
As for Rowe, whose comments at least obliquely referenced the dum-dums on the Democrat left in Congress calling for ‘defunding the police,’ he is exactly right: No cops would mean anarchy, death, and destruction on a Biblical level.