People on the streets of Chicago aren’t afraid of cops anymore.
Two officers were making a drug arrest this past weekend in Chicago when they were surrounded by an angry mob.
The group of riled-up locals yelled and threatened the officers, who were overwhelmingly outnumbered. Body cam footage apparently showed some of the bystanders saying they were going to pull out their own weapons to hurt and even kill the TAC officers. The police were left no choice but to let the suspect go.
“Gonna be a bad summer.” RT: Holy crap. A mob surrounded two cops making a drug bust in Chicago and forced them to let the guy go and took the seized drugs out of the squad car. That is terrifying. https://t.co/Kef6ERfJ8Y
— Walk Toward The Fire (@RichardRSmithJr) March 28, 2019
You probably didn’t hear anything about it.
If the cops had fired their weapons, you know it would have been on the front page of every left-leaning liberal media channel. Press conferences would’ve been held condemning the officer’s actions and social media would’ve called for termination and criminal charges.
But when police are the ones that have even a modicum of violence against them, it’s call for celebration from social justice warriors. It becomes a triumph over the perceived enemy, a step closer to a futuristic dream where there is no one to enforce the law.
One officer even said while he was preoccupied with the angry group, an onlooker went into his squad car and made off with the drugs that had been seized. The officer began chasing the drug thief while the other stayed with the initial suspect. While the officer was alone, he became overwhelmed by the bystanders’ threats.
A radio transmission recorded the severity of the situation. “Ten people surrounded me indicating they had firearms, then one person away from me … holding his waist … indicating he’d use the firearm against me,” said the officer.
Now Chicago Police are no strangers to violent gangs, imminent threats of danger and brutal shifts. But these two veteran cops felt so intimidated by the surrounding mob that they literally let the suspect go.
Chicago PD spokesperson Anthony Guglielmi released a statement to the public, taking an aggressive stance on following through with justice.
“Multiple times each day, Chicago police officers encounter dangerous and potentially unstable situations in the name of creating a safer neighborhood for all Chicagoans. The department supports the officer’s measured response to a situation that could have deteriorated and put lives at risk. Our message to the offender — we know who you are, and you will be held accountable for your actions.”
This now becomes a numbers game. If criminals on the streets know that they can gang up on a small group of officers and get them to back down… where does the line end?
Police are now so afraid of media and public backlash that they’re questioning every decision that they make. The danger here is that an officer who should in reality draw and fire his weapon to save his own life might now be killed because he fears how the public might react to that decision. Every bit of his training stops and his questions of ‘what might happen’ could put him in a life or death scenario.
“I don’t know what was going through that officer’s head, but I guess part of it was he didn’t want to shoot anyone, and wind up charged and in jail like (Jason) Van Dyke,” said an officer in an email.
“The criminals are emboldened to challenge the police because the politicians and media will not stand up for the police and are only too happy for any excuse to jump on the police to gain political support… Now there is no fear of going to jail.”
Around the country we’ve seen politicians drafting new laws that reevaluate when an officer is legally allowed to draw and fire their service weapon. While these statutes aim to protect the public, if passed will put members of law enforcement in great danger. Any officer will tell you, it only takes a split-second for a situation to go from routine to life threatening.
So where do we go from here?