One of the best police chiefs in America is being forced out as politicians pander to the mob mentality (Op-ed)


NASHVILLE, TN – Law-abiding citizens in cities all over the United States are becoming less safe as the hemorrhaging of good police officers continues.  Nashville will become a victim to the new wake of officers leaving with the imminent retirement of Chief Steve Anderson. 

Anderson said he would stay until the conclusion of the national search for a replacement for him.

Chief Anderson has been praised for his response to previous protests and has been instrumental in reforming the way Nashville officers respond to domestic violence incidents. Some (such as City Council) have said that he was resistant to change for the department.

The Chief lead the department for 10 years and served approximately 45 years in law enforcement in total.

This latest in a string of good, solid law enforcement personnel resigning or retiring comes as violent splinter groups call for the abolishment of police departments and reforms that leave the officers that remain open to myriad civil lawsuits. 

Ambulance-chasing lawyers will no doubt rejoice.  Expect to see television commercials, “Were you offended by something a police officer said or the way he looked at you?  Call 1-800-GET-RICH.  You may be entitled to compensation.”

Mayor John Cooper, while announcing the chief’s resignation, said it was not in response to growing criticism. However, one must question the validity of this statement as over a dozen Nashville city council members recently signed a resolution calling for the chief’s resignation. 

Mayor Cooper said his office would be “organizing input from the entire community as we find the right leader for this next chapter of community safety in Nashville.”

In another, not even surprise move, the Tennessee Chapter of the ACLU called for the chief to step down saying that recent protests in Nashville “reflect Nashvillians’ long-held grievance against policing in Nashville.”

This is a foolish statement if ever their was one, as the “protests” drawing thousands have been all over the country and have been spurred on at least as much by social justice warriors bored by the recent COVID-19 quarantines as they have been by any supposed injustice.

Of course, then there are super social justice warriors (we’ll have a cape made for him) like Freddie O’Connell who says:

“Body-worn cameras are not a panacea for transparency nor complete reform.” 

He is very concerned about the privacy of civilians in a city where police are recording everything.  His solution is to defund the police. 

He expressed concern that if someone calls the police and they come to your house:

“They might capture something that is a private moment in the home.” 

The resignation of Chief Anderson and the resignation and walk-offs of good law enforcement personnel around our nation is a travesty which will only be realized when only the Freddie O’Connell’s of the world are left.

The silent rational majority needs to step up and speak out against this foolishness now.  It is getting to a point where it is almost too late.

Earlier in the month, Law Enforcement today brought you more on Nashville. See it below.

Nashville’s Metro Court House is on fire thanks to rioters in the city. 

First, protesters took to the steps of the building and smashed windows with rocks and other items. Police responded and the situation appeared to calm down around 7:30 pm.

However, around 8:15 pm, a fire could be seen coming out from the first floor of the building.

City Hall was also said to be on fire. Police responded in riot gear and deployed tear gas to disperse the crowds at public square park.

Outside the central police precinct on Korean Veterans Blvd, a police vehicle was damaged with its windshield broken. It was also spray painted with a pig on the hood.

One sign said:

“Who do you call when the murderer wears a badge?” 

Responding officers, some on horseback, were yelled at by the crowd and rocks, water bottles, garbage, and other things were thrown at them. 

WKRN reported that its news crews had to back out of the crowd because it grew too dangerous.

So far it’s been said that five people have been arrested, but rioters are still active in the downtown area.

The Mayor said that he attended the protest when it was peaceful and condemned the violence in the City.

“If you mean our city harm, go home,” he said in a tweet.


Meanwhile, in Chicago, the violence has begun.

A warning before you keep reading: There is about to be some disturbing footage.

“Officers are under attack – and it’s going to get worse.  Rioters are coming in by the busload and they aren’t letting us do anything to stop it.”

Those were the words of an on-duty Chicago police officer tonight, who spoke exclusively to Law Enforcement Today on the condition of anonymity.

But the images speak for themselves.

On Saturday night, video footage hit Twitter showing officers violently attacked and dragged through the streets while masked rioters cheered.

The officers fought desperately to get away and protect each other… to no avail.

Mayor Lori Lightfoot, who has had countless dustups with the police department, held a press conference shortly after 8 p.m.

She said the protests had “evolved into criminal conduct” and imposed a curfew on the city: from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. until further notice.

Lightfoot said she was “disgusted” after seeing protesters use pipes, hammers and other objects to damage property.

“I’m here to call you out for your recklessness,” she said to rioters.

“I’ve seen protesters hurl projectiles at our police department…bottles of water, urine and lord knows what else,’’ she said.

“I want to express my disappointment and really, my total disgust at the number of others who came to today’s protests armed for all out battle.’

Chicago police Superintendent David Brown was also at the press conference.

“We will be taking you into custody when you destroy property,” or burn cars, said Brown. “That’s just facts.”

The crowd numbers grew to more than 3,000 people by 2 p.m. and started making way onto Lake Shore Drive and shut down portions of the roadway.

By 3:30 p.m., hundreds began to turn violent, throwing fireworks, bottles and we’re told gasoline at officers.

Then came the vandalism, as they hit buildings, cars and a bus shelter.

It didn’t take long for reports of injuries to come in, including at a police sergeant who had his arm broken near Trump Tower.

By 4 p.m., the crowds had split into multiple groups, escalating violence against law enforcement.

By 5 p.m., there were at least a dozen calls of 10-1, which is a police emergency, as they worked to control the crowd.

Rioters tried to overturn a Chicago police car.  Others broke out into fights with police officers.

Around 7:30 p.m. at Dearborn and Hubbard streets, a police vehicle was flipped over.

Mayor Lightfoot, of course, seized the opportunity to attack the President.

“It’s not easy when we have a president who is inciting violence.”

“Let’s be better than him,” said Lightfoot.

Watch below as she’s “better than him”.

She made sure to urge people to wear masks while rioting.

We’re tracking the riots all across America this weekend.

Now to Philadelphia, where the violence is exploding.

Saturday afternoon, the Justice for George Floyd rally turned violent as protectors launched attacks on police.

Things started peacefully, with a tribute to Floyd early in the day.

Later in the afternoon, protestors marched down the Benjamin Franklin Parkway to the Art Museum.

Many were holding signs demanding people speak up.

But as they left the iconic Rocky Steps, things started to heat up.

“The demonstrators exercising their first amendment rights at City Hall and the Art Museum did so peacefully,” tweeted Philadelphia police.

“We appreciate their voice and their manner of expression. However, since that time, others have convened in Center City and are committing criminal acts, including vandalism.

Those acts will not be tolerated, and we strongly encourage everyone to refrain from entering Center City. We will continue provide updates throughout the evening.”

Officials now say multiple police vehicles have been torched, including a state police car on Broad and Vine. State police say no troopers were injured in that attack.

As the unrest grew, the Friday’s restaurant building on the parkway was spray painted. 

They also vandalized a statue of former Philadelphia Mayor Frank Rizzo, spray painting it and trying to topple it and light it on fire.

Rizzo served from 1972 to 1980.

He was praised by supporters as tough on crime.

The 10-foot-tall bronze statue is outside the Municipal Services Building, across from City Hall.  It’s not the first time it’s been defaced before and is set to be moved next year.

According to Mayor Jim Kenney, he believes people have a right to gather and police will allow the protest as long as social distancing guidelines are followed.

Essentially, police suggest he wants to avoid the destruction seen in other protests around the country.

Black Lives Matter Philly says it has no affiliation with the noon City Hall protest, but a post on the

However, on the protest’s Facebook page said they will be peacefully protesting the lives that have been lost around the country by taking a knee – an act that took place at the Art Museum steps at 2 p.m.

“I want Philadelphians to know that Commissioner Outlaw and her team are committed to serving our community with fairness and sincerity.

Sometimes we stumble, sometimes we fail, but every day the public servants of this city are working to make Philadelphia safer for all of us to live,” Mayor Kenney said.

“Our commitment to you is that we continue to improve this level of service and everyone is treated with the dignity and respect they deserve.”

In the meantime, earlier on Saturday, Minnesota Governor Tim Walz joined mayors Jacob Frey and Melvin Carter to drop a bombshell report about the “protestors”.

The message was clear – they aren’t from around here.

The trio condemned violent protests in the state and blamed organized outside groups for promoting unrest.

At the same time, they announced they will fully mobilize the Minnesota national guard.

“Lets be very clear, the situation in Minneapolis is no longer in any way about the murder of George Floyd,” Walz said in a press conference.

“The violent unrest has now turned into attacks on civil society, instilling fear and disrupting our great city.”

Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey added to the comments.

“I want to be very, very clear: The people that are doing this are not Minneapolis residents,” he said. “They are coming in largely from outside of the city, from outside of the region, to prey on everything we have built over the last several decades.”

Saint Paul Mayor Melvin Carter said every person arrested in Saint Paul last night was from out of state.

“We don’t know these folks,” he said again.

It’s the first time the Minnesota national guard will be mobilized in 164 years.

The governor called the unrest “an organized attempt to destabilize civil society with no regard for civil life or property.”

“That situation can be expected to deteriorate further with these people,” Walz said.

He went on to add that violent protestors are being fed professional tactics in urban warfare by outside groups.

He said recent days have changed everything.

Originally protests were peaceful, but as more people came from outside of the city, they’ve turned increasingly violent in recent days.

“Our great cities of Minneapolis and Saint Paul are under assault by people who do not share our values, who do not value life and the work that went into this, and certainly who are not here to honor George Floyd,” Walz said.

“So if you are on the streets tonight, it is very clear: You are not with us.”

Frey continued:

“This is no longer about protesting… This is about violence and we need to make sure that it stops,” Frey said. “We’re in the middle of a pandemic right now.”

Late Friday, the Pentagon allegedly ordered the Army to start preparing active-duty military police units for possible deployment to Minneapolis, Minnesota, in response to the riots ongoing.

Reportedly, soldiers from both Fort Bragg and Fort Drum were among the military bases advised to begin said preparations and poise themselves with the ability to deploy within four hours if ordered to do so.

Other bases that were said to have received similar orders were Fort Carson in Colorado and Fort Riley in Kansas. The difference being that those bases were reportedly given a 24-hour threshold if asked to deploy.

From what was allegedly said by individuals who claim to have close knowledge of the development, New York’s Fort Drum would likely be the first to be deployed over to Minneapolis.

If units are dispatched, hundreds of soldiers would find themselves on the ground in Minnesota under the authority of the Insurrection Act of 1807.

Essentially, the Insurrection Act is the power vested in the president to deploy military forces on American soil in the event a general state of lawlessness is transpiring and state and local police forces can no longer handle the situation.

Minnesota’s National Guard was already activated in response to the riots, but it seems intervention on the Federal level is on the horizon.

This type of response, in terms of potentially using the Insurrection Act, is something the nation hasn’t seen since the 1992 riots in Los Angeles, California. Which, all things considered, these active riots in Minneapolis carry very similar parallels to what took place in L.A. 28 years earlier.

These orders were said to have stemmed from a phone call that President Trump held with the national security advisors back May 28th.

It was said that Defense Secretary Mark Esper and National Security Advisor Robert O’ Brien were among those on the phone call with the president to discuss response options to Minneapolis.

Attorney Brad Moss, who is based out of D.C., stated the following about this potential response:

“If this is where the president is headed response-wise, it would represent a significant escalation and a determination that the various state and local authorities are not up to the task of responding to the growing unrest.”

However, White House strategic communications director Alyssa Farah claims that there are no discussions happening about deploying military personnel to Minneapolis.

In an email response to whether there was any merit to the military intervention rumors, Farah wrote the following:

“False: off the record – title 10 not under discussion.”

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Yet, sources are saying that these orders are in fact very real, and exist within a classified system called the Secret Internet Protocol Router. Abbreviated as SIPRNet, this is a communication line used by the State Department and the Department of Defense to transmit classified information.

In a not-so-shocking comparison, Nancy Pelosi’s daughter Christine Pelosi attempted to compare the demonstrations in Michigan about the stay-home orders to that of the riots in Minneapolis: 

“Trump orders military police on alert to go to Minneapolis …. note that he did NOT do this in response to armed insurrection by largely White crowds storming the Michigan capitol.”

Yet, even the most recent demonstration in Michigan about the stay-home order didn’t result in any violence, looting, or burning buildings. The only things that happened at these protests in Michigan over stay-home orders were that people showed up lawfully armed, voiced their opinions, and left. 

What has been happening in Minneapolis has resulted in the city looking like a scene straight out of  Escape from New York – buildings on fire, large and small businesses looted and completely decimated, and violence breaking out. 

The comparisons between the Michigan and Minneapolis has been picking up steam online, but it’s perhaps one of the most ill-conceived comparisons. One started and ended as a protest, the other started as a protest and has morphed into chaos and destruction, several days in a row and in multiple locations around the nation.

Just for the sake of providing an example, here’s a video of a lockdown protest that happened in Michigan earlier in May: 

Now, here are just a few of the myriad of videos showing the aftermath of all the looting, fires, and riots in Minneapolis: 

When looking at all that has happened thus far in Minneapolis, it would hardly be shocking if there were indeed plans to send in military units to restore order to the devastated city. 


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