This is "Chi-town"?
Chicago police officer feared using gun while being attacked | abc7chicago.com:
"She thought she was going to die. She knew that she should shoot this guy, but she chose not to, because she didn't want her family or the department to have to go through the scrutiny the next day on national news," Supt. Johnson said.I know I couldn't do the job.
Being a police officer .. that's the toughest job in the world. And I'm not "up to it".
But to learn that some police would rather risk their own life, instead of just shooting the asshole who is pummeling them, is something that I've never considered.
A nearby business captured surveillance video of the incident. The owner didn't see the incident firsthand, but saw how the incident unfolded on the surveillance video.
"It is terrible. It is total disregard for law enforcement. They put their lives forward every day for us and to see somebody do this, to pummel the police officer is terrible. It is a terrible thing," business owner Louie Rainone said.
I want to be proud of this officer, who is willing to give her life at the hands of a brute who thinks nothing of pummeling a sworn officer to the point of ... possible ... death. But at the same time, I'm appalled that she would make that terrible choice and let this VIOLENT BRUTE go free.
How is it, that we are so conflicted with the duties of our police, that we cannot support them in the execution of their duties?
Why do we ask so much of them, that they are willing to risk death, and accept the certain infliction of pain and Public Mortification, for the sole purpose of protecting their fellow officers from social ostracism?
Can't we just let them do their job, and take into custody the obvious "Bad Guys" without concern for how their legal actions would look bad in the Press?
Since when has the Fifth Estate taken a greater importance than the reasonable imposition of Law and Order?Surely, there are opportunities for sworn officers to abuse the power of their office.
I'm know a number of Police Officers, and I've known them to be honorable, and compliant with the duties of their office. I live in a small town, in a small state, and perhaps police in other jurisdictions are less ... attendant to the duties of their office.
But I've never met a police officer who was other than polite, respectful, and competent.