We are reaching a dangerous time in our culture when thanking cops for correctly doing a tough job is considered controversial.
A billboard featuring a police officer is creating controversy in Kenosha.
It shows Kenosha Officer Pablo Torres with the words “Thank you for your support, Kenosha.”
Torres is the same officer who was involved in two shootings in 10 days. One of the men he shot, 26-year-old Aaron Siler, died.
Siler’s family called the billboard a slap in the face.
“Every time I go to Kenosha, I go down that road, and I have to see that smile on his face knowing that I will never see that smile on Aaron’s face,” said Kathy Willie, a friend of the Siler family.
The Kenosha Police Association is behind the billboard.
In case you are wondering about the man who was killed.
The incident began just after 9:30 a.m. Saturday, when officers attempted to arrest Siler — wanted on an active felony probation and parole warrant. Siler initiated a vehicle pursuit with officers, and after crashing his vehicle, he took off running. Officers pursued Siler on foot, and when Siler was confronted by Officer Torres, police say Siler armed himself with a weapon.
Officer Torres then fired his handgun — striking and killing Siler.
Police say there were citizen witnesses to this officer-involved shooting.
Generally speaking, if you aren’t an armed felon who is confronting an officer while trying to evade arrest, you won’t get shot.