Yesterday, the verdict came back in the George Floyd shooting. The officer was found guilty on all counts. The news media is bubbling over with more interviews regarding the shooting of the 13-year-old ganger here in Chicago. Politicians are climbing over each other to get their share of the limelight.
I went to bed saddened by all of this.
This morning I woke to more of the same media onslaught. Only now rather than saddened I am angry, no, I am enraged. From the top, down, we as a group are being demonized. The president of the country took the opportunity to condemn the nation’s police officers. So did his vice president.
Elected representatives from the U.S. House of Representatives actively crossed state lines to encourage and incite violence if the verdict didn’t come in guilty. I have no idea why Federal agencies are not looking to prosecute Rep. Maxine Waters for her attempts to ensure violence.
It seems to me that she violated federal laws concerning incitement to riot (https://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/text/18/2101).
WHO PUT THE BURR UNDER MY SADDLE?
Simply put, it is the feeling of betrayal by all those who we actively work to safeguard. I feel betrayed by all those who have allowed themselves to be brainwashed by media and politicians.
Rather than take an open-minded look at what is going on they choose to blindly listen to Hollywood celebrities and anyone else looking to get their face in front of a camera.
These are the same people whose only experience with law enforcement is when they get pulled over for a traffic violation or have their garage broken into. After all, doesn’t the officer have anything better to do?
Why are the police not processing the broken door on their garage like when it happens on TV? Don’t those police realize the four-year-old lawn mower and mountain bike are gone?
These are the same people, many who are family, who make broad sweeping insults about police even though their only negative exposure is with what they see on TV. When confronted by this, they comment that even though they think that way about all police, they don’t feel that way about you or your father or your uncles, or all your in-laws on the job.
Rather than apologize for the insult, they try to justify their statement.
Yeah, I feel betrayed by people like that.
I feel betrayed by the people who have blindly followed the media without a second thought. It’s clear when you tell someone you are (or were) the police and their response is “Oh,” and cringe like they should double glove and step back from you.
I feel betrayed by college kids who throw out big words like systemic racism and entitlement while attending an expensive school on Daddy’s dime or a minority scholarship.
THE WAY I SEE THINGS …
I went to work each day, willing to do whatever it took to protect the citizens in my community.
- That meant standing outside in the bitter cold or sweltering heatwaves to direct traffic when the power went out.
- That meant running into the corner store to get diapers for the little kid down the block whose mother just got taken in for stabbing her husband.
- Oh, and I got to babysit that kid for several hours until a family member decided to do the right thing and care for the kid.
- I got to wash the sick out of my uniform after trying to keep the drunken college kid in the gutter from drowning in his vomit.
I feel betrayed by those who brush this off with a condescending attitude saying, “That’s what you get paid to do.”
These same people are quick to use their online Facebook degree to determine that the video of a police shooting is justified or not. In thirty years, I have been fortunate that I have never shot anyone. I don’t have to live with that, but I was ready many times.
I have had my sights on people with my finger ready to squeeze the trigger. Not to end a life but rather to ensure no one else might be killed. What made me stop and not shoot? Either I didn’t have a good shot or there were people behind the offender or there was something else.
Each and every time was different, and each time was decided in a fraction of a second. I am betrayed by those who feel they know more than I do about the situation with no experience and then condemn my actions.
It’s easy to play Monday morning quarterback when you have no skin in the game.
Now here in Chicago, they are talking about eliminating foot chases. Anyone who knows me, knows that I personally eliminated them decades ago. These civilians continue to talk about defunding the police which means less training and recruitment.
As a citizen, I feel betrayed by our elected representatives on the city, state, and federal levels who cave-in to this idiocy. These officials are ensuring that our homes are not protected and our families are left in danger.
IN CONCLUSION …
Enough of my ranting. I am mad and I am sure you are too. My hat is off to you who still get up each day and go to work serving and protecting.
Don’t forget to protect yourself. No one else will.
There are still some good people out there who don’t believe the propaganda. Sadly, I am sure that eventually, the pendulum will swing back the other way. I’m afraid that won’t be until many good lives have been ruined.
I spent eight years working in Chicago’s 15th district on the west side. It was as notorious then as it is now. We had some good bosses and one always ended roll call with a saying I later took for myself: “Ladies and gentlemen, run low and zig zag.”
Stay safe. Robert Weisskopf (Lt. CPD ret.)
“Above all, it’s about going home at the end of the shift … “
We couldn’t agree more.
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