One of the most important jobs of a police officer is to help keep the citizens of Wisconsin safe. Sometimes, though, it's the officers who are themselves in the greatest danger from reckless, intoxicated or otherwise negligent drivers.
That certainly appears to be the case in Milwaukee, where a police officer standing beside his squad car during a Christmas evening traffic stop was struck by a vehicle in a car accident that left the officer in critical condition in a nearby hospital.
The driver was going the wrong way on the street. Not only that, but his or her car went up and over the curb before hitting the officer.
The head of the Milwaukee Police Association spoke bitterly about the driver who, after running down the officer, sped off.
"This is just callous behavior by people who don't have personal responsibility," he said. "You know, people who do have drivers' license, people who do have personal responsibility, aren't out there running over our cops."
The Police Association head noted that police officers are put in danger by reckless drivers, as are "other citizens as well."
The officer was reportedly still in critical condition yesterday morning.
The accident took place just past five o'clock Sunday evening.
Police said they're searching for a dark, mid-sized sedan missing its passenger side mirror. Law enforcement officials said they expect that the vehicle also now has front-end damage.
Our thoughts go out to the officer and his family, hoping he has a swift and full recovery from his injuries.
Source: TMJ 4: "Milwaukee police spokesman condemns driver that struck officer on Christmas," Justin Metzger, Dec. 26, 2011