Officer Matthew Crosby’s Struggle Sheds Light On An Important Issue In Law Enforcement

Officer Matthew Crosby's case highlights what's wrong in American law enforcement.

Officer Matthew Crosby’s case highlights what’s wrong in American law enforcement.

Officer Matthew Crosby’s Struggle Sheds Light On An Important Issue In Law Enforcement

St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Christine Byers, wrote an article about former Rock Hill Police Officer Matthew Crosby who was paralyzed from the neck down in the line of duty on April 8, 2010 after being shot by a suspect while answering a domestic disturbance call.

The plight Law Enforcement Officers disabled in the line of duty is a national disgrace. Reading and watching this story about former Rock Hill Missouri Police Officer Matthew Crosby, who was shot and paralyzed while protecting the people of his community, not only saddened me, but it left me feeling hollow inside.

On April 8, 2010 former Rock Hill Police Officer Matthew Crosby, 36, and his partner responded to a domestic disturbance call when Officer Crosby was shot, leaving him paralyzed from the neck down. That was almost six years, and many struggles, ago. Officer Matthew Crosby’s favorite movie, “The Shawshank Redemption,” has a line that reads, “Get busy living, or get busy dying,” which Officer Crosby says is now his creed.

As reported by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Officer Matthew Crosby had been a married police officer with two children and step-child, but he found himself divorced within about a year of his life-changing injury. Some of the money that was raised for this wounded hero after he was shot was then siphoned away by the divorce settlement. Officer Crosby shared custody in the divorce and his children were with with him every other week. The devastating and abrupt changes, to what was once a normal life, left Officer Matthew Crosby in a state where depression would creep in at times when he didn’t have his kids with him in his rental home in St. Louis County. Officer Crosby relies heavily on his parents to help drive his kids and cook for him where they would routinely dine on fold-trays around Officer Crosby’s bed.

Officer Matthew Crosby told the St. Louis Post-Distpatch:

“It sucks for my kids and other people to have to take care of me. It sucks for my kids that I’m different. But I’m still here teaching them things and watching them get older and become young men.”

Matthew is not alone I’m afraid. There are thousands of men and women who have sacrificed so much and have been left disabled physically while at the same time shunted aside by their agencies and former co-workers and it is law enforcement’s dirty little secret.

Wounded military veterans have the Veterans Administration (as dysfunctional as it sometimes is) and a number of organizations that do so much to help them rebuild their lives but there is nothing for American heroes like Matthew Crosby. I say that this is nothing short of a disgrace and an injustice to those who serve. It is time for this topic to be bought into the light of day and for leaders in Law Enforcement and our government to step up and recognize these men and women and to do everything in their power to help them rebuild their lives.

This was one of the suggestions that I gave to President-Elect Trump’s campaign when they asked for suggestions on how to improve the lives of American Law Enforcement Officers. The injustice has taken place too long, it is time to take action.

I’m also asking that we send some cards and letters to Matthew Crosby and who better to mail them to than his old Police Department, which will then have to deliver them to him? I’m kind of liking that idea.

So, my friends, let’s show this hero that we have not forgotten him by sending cards and letters to:

Hero Officer Matthew Crosby
C/O Chief Don Wickenhauser
Rock Hill MO Police Dept.
320 W. Thorton, Rock Hill MO 63119