Hypocrisy and the Never Ending Attack on Police

Colleges and universities are failing our children at an alarming rate. These students may be leaving their educational sanctuaries crammed with knowledge in their disciplines, but they are lacking common sense.

The tragic event that occurred at the University of Chicago highlights that opinion.

A reportedly gentle, but possibly mentally unbalanced student was shot by university police as he advanced on the officer in a threatening and tumultuous manner while armed with a metal pipe.

Students and other activists immediately determined the shooting to be unnecessary and cried out for punishment of the officer involved: as well as for the removal of defensive weapons from officers to prevent further similar incidents.

In my thirty plus years on the Chicago Police Department I have personally observed the after effects where individuals have absorbed strikes from bludgeoning weapons like metal pipes, crow bars, and metal baseball bats. These incidents all ended with severe trauma, broken bones, fractured skulls, paralysis and even death.

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Chicago Police Memorial Parade, 2015. (Photo courtesy Mobilus In Mobili)

For these students to ignore the very serious danger confronting these officers is insincere at the very least and extremely bothersome. They attach our mental health crisis with the police shooting simply to gain empathy for the attacker.

These are two entirely separate issues.

We are significantly lacking in our mental health systems: but don’t connect that to an individual attacking a police officer with vicious intent. These are separate issues that simply occurred during one occasion. Divide these issues, analyze the problems and find a rational solution instead of following the easiest path of least resistance, the anti-police path.

Don’t simply regurgitate the agendas of your professors. These are the same people who are angry toward the police for receiving that parking ticket because they were only “in there for a minute,” or the one that got knocked on his ass after “just” spitting on a police officer during a “peaceful” demonstration.

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A police officer pushes back against a protester during May Day marches in downtown Los Angeles. 5/1/2012. (Photo courtesy Scott L)

Remember, all people have agendas, and that is particularly true of professors. I know, I am one.

As I remind my students every day, leave your emotions at the door and think with your brains, not your hearts. Liberals too often intentionally confuse the reasons why officers use force.

They often dwell on the initial contact between the officer and the subject. They purposefully ignore the escalation of the incident by the subject and conveniently disregard the physical threat posed to the officer.

The man selling individual cigarettes was not killed by the police for selling smokes; he was resisting arrest on a signed complaint and was massively overweight, which lead to his demise.

The kid was not shot (by a citizen) for eating skittles and drinking ice tea. He was shot after he continually pounded the man’s head into the concrete sidewalk.

The kid in Ferguson was not shot for walking down the middle of the street. He was shot after committing a robbery and attacking a police officer. He was 6’4’ and 300 pounds. The officer was diminutive in stature and would have died in the confrontation if he didn’t resort to defending himself.

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Security video image of Michael Brown during strong-armed robbery prior to being confronted by Officer Darren Wilson in 2014. (Screenshot ABC News broadcast)

All these narratives are born out in testimony and are completely ignored with a sinister version concocted by the police haters. Once again we witness the anti-police groups spinning the true nature of the latest incident to fulfill their anti-police agenda.

Over and over again I ask myself, why would anyone want this job today?

To all my brothers and sisters in blue, lock and load and protect each other. And as always, stay safe.

– Larry Casey, sergeant (ret.), Chicago Police Department, Criminal Justice professor, Wilbur Wright College