I was a Police Officer for 5+ years. In my first 6 months I was involved in an OIS and my partner was shot. I just medically retired at the age of 30 due to PTSD. AMA.
I am now a content creator on YouTube, hoping to create a better understanding between the public and police by answering questions about law enforcement. I will also be addressing current issues between LE and the public as they arise. Let's face it, the relationship between the two is terrible, and it only seems to be getting worse. Essentially, my channel is an on-going AMA on YouTube.
YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCt-FkKf1eldswVv7fNbcvMg/featured
My second video where I explain the Miranda Warning: https://youtu.be/ll7BCvq3FZw
My partner ended up surviving, but eventually medically retired due to complications from his wounds. I cannot talk about details of the shooting, as it still has yet to go to trial over 5 years later.
Due to the culture in Law Enforcement, I convinced myself I was okay, even though people close to me kept telling me I had changed. Over the next few years I went through a divorce, alcohol abuse, severe depression, and at one point I almost took my own life. I became everything I never wanted to become before I got into the career.
PTSD in law enforcement is something that I truly want to raise awareness about. But the fact is, mental illness in general is something that most people do not understand, and tend to ignore until it hits close to home. I will not shy away from questions about it, as long as they are actually questions, not ignorant and hateful comments.
Like every YouTuber, I would appreciate your support by subscribing to my channel, and following me on Twitter (Tweet me if you ever think of a question/topic in the future!)
There's a possibility I might answer some questions via YouTube, but we'll see how this goes. If for some reason I choose to respond via video, I will reply with the link.
Update Aug. 13: Activity has died down, but I will check back in to answer questions as they come in, especially questions regarding PTSD. Thank you everyone!