Volume 1501, Number 1
Cops get bad press
Good discussion of LEOs in the current controversies.
Lt Glennon asserts that the majority of LEOs are dedicated and honest and adhere to their oaths of office.
Two incidents that are causing outrage at this moment have many things in common, but neither involved blatant racism nor evil cops looking for the opportunity to injure and kill. In fact, grand juries—who are the only ones to listen to and view all of the evidence about each case—determined the police did nothing legally wrong. In other words, they committed no crimes.
While the media claims that only a small fraction of the protesters are committing crimes and causing problems . . . The vast majority . . . committed crimes, refused to obey lawful orders and, ultimately, physically resisted a lawful arrest. The resisting of the arrests were the crimes that caused the physical altercations to occur, not jay-walking or selling single cigarettes—another fact ignored by media pundits.
“The vast majority of police officers are honorable and professional, it’s only a small minority— a fraction really—who are committing crimes and violating their oath of office.”
Cops rarely—very rarely—use force when making arrests (less than 5% of the time). Protesters, on the other hand, use force when it suits them, or when it gets them free stuff, a thrill, a feeling of indignation, superiority and self-righteousness.
We follow the law. . . We repress our outrage, because that’s what we swore to do.
We don’t ask for praise, awards or accolades. All we ask is that we are not demonized and lied about.
Costa Mesa LEOs swear or affirm, “I will keep my private life unsullied . . . I will be exemplary in obeying the laws of the land and the regulations of my department . . . (and) I will never act officiously or permit personal feelings, prejudices, animosities or friendships to influence. . .”
CMPD’s former law firm told LEOs to “Focus on an Individual – and keep the pressure up until that person assures you his loyalty and then move on to the next victim.”
A CMPD Traffic Officer expresses unwarranted and unprovoked contempt and anger at a Council candidate when greeted cheerfully on the street. “Will never permit personal feelings . . .?” The PD union’s law firm’s antics and their union’s officers’ expressed contempt for authority don’t fit “keep my private life unsullied.” The documented lies by CM LEOs (acting in their union roles) don’t fall into “following the laws of the land.”
In Costa Mesa the agitators are rated among Daily Pilot’s “103 Influential” Costa Mesans. The author’s comments about distorted media coverage clearly apply here. His comments about the majority of LEOs being honorable might apply here but it looks like some of our cops follow their oath while others prefer the precepts of the law firm.
Some people aren’t honorable. Some of these misfits are cops – and perhaps even Council members beholden to cops. They don’t belong in positions of public trust.