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Leatherwood 7 points ago +7 / -0

This really hits home. My heart goes out to the LEO's who are charged with keeping the peace and putting themselves in harm's way daily, yet are treated as if they are not Americans with civil rights or humans with feelings.

We MUST change this. This is not the America that most of us want. It is incumbent upon the good people of America to remove those in power who are responsible for this.

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PaigeAshley 6 points ago +6 / -0

This 100%

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isitpedanticenough 7 points ago +7 / -0

FULL E-MAIL:

"I’m not here to give you a Rah Rah you got this speech. I’m not here to tell you that you signed up to help this community and to keep your head up. I’m here to tell you I’m sorry you have to go through this. I’m sorry your families have to go through this. I’m sorry the Mayor, Amy Hess and Chief Conrad failed all of us in epic proportions for their own gain and to cover their asses.

You DO NOT DESERVE to be in this position. The position that allows thugs to get in your face and yell, curse and degrade you. Throw bricks, bottles and urine on you and expect you to do nothing. It goes against EVERYTHING we were all taught in the academy. The position that if you make a mistake during one of the most stressful times in your career, the department and FBI (who aren’t cops and would piss their pants if they had to hold the line) go after you for civil rights violations. Your civil rights mean nothing, but the criminal has total autonomy.

We all signed up to be police officers. We knew the risks and were willing to take them, but we always assumed the city had your back. We wanted To do the right thing in the midst of an evil world to protect those who cannot protect themselves. To enforce laws that make it possible to live in a peaceful society. We as police DO NOT CARE if you are black, white, Hispanic, Asian, what you identify as...this week. We aren’t better than anyone. This is not an us against society, but it is good versus evil. We are sons, daughters, husbands, wives, parters, brothers, sisters, dads and moms. We are human beings with flaws, feelings and emotions.

Now I’m just rambling, but I want you to know that I’m still proud to be a cop. To be an LMPD cop. No matter the ineptitude in upper command or the mayors office, this is one of the greatest jobs on earth. With that being said these next few days are going to be tough. They are going to be long, they are going to be frustrating. They will put a tremendous amount of stress on your families. Do not let your ego get you in a trick bag. Have your partners 6. De escalate if possible. DO NOT give the pencil pushers at the top, you know the ones who are too scared to hold the line, a reason to open investigations on you. The same ones that couldn’t make decisions to save their lives. We need leaders that lead from the front and not in a room under a desk. Do what you need to do to go home you your family. Just do it with dignity and make sure you can justify your actions because everything down there is recorded.

I don’t know a lot of you guys/gals but I’ve felt the love. Regardless of the outcome today or Wednesday, I know we did the legal, moral and ethical thing that night. It’s sad how the good guys are demonized, and criminals are canonized. Put that aside for a while, keep your focus and do your jobs that you are trained and capable of doing. Don’t put up with their shit, and go home to those lovely families and relationships.

I wish I were there with you leading the charge. I’ll be praying for your safety. Remember you are just a pawn in the Mayors political game. I’m proof they do not care about you or your family, and you are replaceable. Stay safe and do the right thing. YOU ARE LOVED AND SUPPORTED by most of the community. Now go be the Warriors you are, but please be safe! None of these “peaceful” protesters are worth your career or freedom. God speed boys and girls."

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PaigeAshley 5 points ago +5 / -0

God bless these officers!

We back the Blue! We love and support you guys and girls, and I would assist you in a heartbeat if you needed it!!!!

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d_bokk 6 points ago +6 / -0

He's right about the FBI. We don't need them, US Marshals are more than enough and actually do their jobs.

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fskfsk 4 points ago +4 / -0

One of the most important features of government is the monopoly on use of force. The only group that can use violence to get what they want, is the government (with politicians, courts, and police).

If there's another group that's allowed to use violence to get what they want, then you don't have a government anymore.

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Zude 3 points ago +3 / -0

Right on.

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sir_rockness 2 points ago +2 / -0

Hey forgot..

PS FUCK GOV BESHEAR

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Nonredneck4 1 point ago +1 / -0

if any of us had a murdered body found in a car registered to us, and then when the police came, some one in our house opened fire...what would we expect?