The police across the country are under attack politically and literally.
Over the past 8 years, we have seen them wrongly accused by Marilyn Mosby, the Baltimore State Attorney, only to be found not guilty in a court of law. We have seen them wrongly accused in Ferguson, Missouri. We have seen them attacked in Dallas, more recently in Whittier, and now in Fresno with someone firing shots at a police car.
Now in Fresno we have a Citizens’ Police Safety Advisory Board being formed that will likely serve as more political attacks against the police. While Mayor Brand is an honorable and decent man, this policy is totally flawed on so many levels. It is a subtle and covert attack on the police suggesting they need to be monitored and watched and that they can’t be trusted. The fact is they are already monitored in 8 different ways:
1.) Internal affairs
2.) Office of Independent Review
3.) Grand Jury
4.) District Attorney
6.) Justice Department
7.) Body Cameras
8.) Mayor and City Council
This review committee is tasked with responsibilities that they have no training for and can typically be used for political reasons against the police. What happens when the next mayor has a specific agenda against the police?
We know most politicians lack courage, principle, and check which way the political winds are blowing before making a decision. Such politicians can and will use this Board as a potential hammer against the police.
I’m sick of the attacks on our men and women who put the Blue uniform on every day to protect all of us. We should be supporting them in meeting the challenges they face of rampant crime, laws that don’t allow them to do their jobs effectively, and dealing with violent and dangerous criminals that know that, as a result of Propositions 47 and 57, and AB 109, there are no real consequences to the crimes they commit.
We are trying to hire new officers. Approval of this policy will only make it harder to recruit people. They can work in less dangerous communities for more money and without the on-going criticism from their elected leaders.
When an officer violates the law, they should and are prosecuted. But that is the case with everyone. All of us can improve at our jobs. Our officers are honorable, hardworking and sacrifice their own safety to ensure ours. We must stop these attacks, both subtle and overt. I stand with them today, tomorrow, and always.
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