[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Baltimore police have deliberately slowed down their diligence in the wake of the death of Freddie Gray and the riots that soon followed.[/vc_column_text][banner300 banner=”5517620b381df”][vc_column_text]Over and over again it happens: a police officer kills a minority in an unfortunate and, perhaps, avoidable confrontation and the reaction from the minority community is to not advance a discussion through rational discourse, but to loot and to riot. Unfortunately, this extortion has proven to be effective as the Baltimore Police have shamelessly caved to public pressure and have charged their own with the death of Freddie Gray, proving that rioting does, in fact, work.
Now, two Baltimore police officers have stepped forward to discuss the state of policing in their city and have candidly noted that while emergency requests continue to be honored, police have largely stopped enforcing the law on a day-to-day basis.
Speaking to CNN, the officers, covered by darkness and with their voices digitally altered to disguise their identities, explained that police have retreated to a “reactionary mode.” This means that they are no longer seeking to enforce the law.
“Even though you have reasonable suspicion…nine out of 10 times, that officer is going to keep on driving,” one of the officers said.
“The criminal element feels as though that we’re not going to run the risk of chasing them if they are armed with a gun, and they’re using this opportunity to settle old beefs, or scores, with people that they have conflict with,” the officer continued. “I think the public really, really sees that they asked for a softer, less aggressive police department, and we have given them that, and now they are realizing that their way of thinking does not work.”
Another officer claimed, “Ultimately, it does a disservice to the law-abiding citizens. It does a disservice to the business owners. It does a disservice to everybody except the criminal element.”
Officers also feel betrayed. Lt. Kenneth Butler, the head of a police union in Baltimore, stated,
“They feel as though, if I make a mistake — which we all do make mistakes — then what is this administration going to do to me? Am I going to be the next one to be suspended? Am I going to be the next one who is going to be criminally charged?”
Perhaps the saddest aspect of this candor is the fact that these police officers cannot speak publicly, but must, instead, shield themselves not only from police officials, but from a community that views police as the enemy.
We should be able to have a rational conversation about policing. Instead, these officers must hide from the oh-so-tolerant left by speaking to reporters like a mafia snitch in a witness protection program.
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