Editorial

An Open Letter from a Police Officer to Andrew Gillum

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Dear Mr. Gillum,

Hey, how are you? I am 31 years old. I am a father of two angels (and I don’t care how much they poop). I have a mom who’s sweet, a dad who’s tough, and 3 siblings who think I am a king (I can neither confirm or deny this). I have trouble wrapping my head around something, and I was hoping you could help me out.

During a podcast on “Pod Save America,” you stated, “At the time a law enforcement official has to go to a weapon, to a gun, to a baton, to a taser, then they have already had to go too far by their very presence.”

Well, I was just wondering… what do you say to the families of Investigator Farrah Turner of the Florence County Sheriff’s Office? Sergeant Terrence Carraway of the Florence County Sheriff’s Office? Officer Antwan Toney of The Gwinnett County Police Department? Trooper Kevin Conner of The North Carolina Highway Patrol? They were all Law Enforcement Officials who were SHOT and KILLED just in this month of October. Do you feel that they went “too far”? Do you feel that by trying to defend themselves from death, they went overboard?

It’s not a big deal; take your time getting back to me. Whenever you get a chance… just looking for some guidance, I mean, you are running for Governor. As a Law Enforcement Officer in the state you’re running for, I’m just trying to gauge how dispensable you think I am.

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Deputy Farrah B. Turner. (GoFundMe)

When I am on the way to a dangerous call, a call where I have a statistically high chance of dying… a funny thing happens. The memory of those Law Enforcement Officials, you know, the ones who go “too far” pop into my head just as I arrive. They are seared into my memory, and I have never had the chance to meet them.

So, just need some advice. When I run to help a victim, and I am staring down the barrel of a gun, or I am looking at a shiny knife as it comes my way, or I am attacked by a mob… and the image of those dead Law Enforcement Officials pops into my head, and the images of my two angels, my mom, my dad, my siblings… increases my burning desire to go back home to them while simultaneously my chances of doing that decreases as time goes by… should I be worried about pissing off the potential future Governor, by going “too far’? Thanks.

 

 

Jay Stalien

A Man, a Father, a Son, a Brother, a Dispensable Cop…with everything to live for.

 

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Jay Stalien

Jay Stalien grew up in the "hood" in Brooklyn, NY. He watched out-of-control black-on-black crime from childhood. As an adult he wondered who would help bring the violence to an end, so he stepped up to become a cop. He began his career with the Baltimore Police Department before a lateral move to West Palm Beach, Florida, where he works as a police officer.   

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