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Louisville FOP says members 'lack confidence' in LMPD leadership


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Louisville FOP says members 'lack confidence' in LMPD leadership

November 22nd, 2016 @ 3:29PM (7 years ago)

The Chief is 100% lying when he says the beats are properly staffed during events when officers are pulled to 70 events a year... LOE LIE LIE LIE LIE LIE

Louisville FOP says members 'lack confidence' in LMPD leadership

November 22nd, 2016 @ 4:12PM (7 years ago)

I never was asked for a vote on this. The FOP does these actions and they tries to act like they are speaking for the whole order. Just like they endorsed Donald Trump. The FOP is becoming irrelevant.

Louisville FOP says members 'lack confidence' in LMPD leadership

November 23rd, 2016 @ 5:45AM (7 years ago)

The homicide rate is directly related to the chief's policy of LMPD not chasing stolen cars. Not only must officers terminate, but the officer must go the opposite direction if a car flees. This policy has emboldened criminals in the Metro area.

Retire Rehires

November 23rd, 2016 @ 5:25PM (7 years ago)

bringing them back gets a few more on the street...what did they give them? 5 years seniority, right? What does a 5 year officer make?

Louisville FOP says members 'lack confidence' in LMPD leadership

November 23rd, 2016 @ 7:11PM (7 years ago)

Rising ambush-style attacks on police are hate crimes

Hate crimes are up. Way, way, up. Just look at the violent, ambush-style attacks on law enforcement. Since Sunday alone, four horrific ambush-style attacks have been launched on police in Michigan, Texas, St. Louis, and Florida. Specifically, a Wayne State University Officer was shot in the head while patrolling the Michigan campus last night. On Sunday, San Antonio Police Detective Benjamin Marconi was shot and killed as he sat in his police car writing a ticket for a traffic violation. That same day a gunman shot a St. Louis police veteran, who was sitting in his patrol car, twice in the face. A police officer in Sanibel was also targeted that day. He was shot while sitting in his patrol car by a drive-by shooter.

Their uniforms made them a target. They were shot while sitting harmlessly in their patrol cars. If that’s not a deadly, and dangerous demonstration of bias, what is?

By definition, a hate crime is one “motivated by racial sexual, or other prejudice, typically one involving violence.” Certainly, the cold, calculating killing of a man or woman for simply performing a specific job fits that definition. It’s not as if this were a freakish outbreak of violence, either. “The number of officers shot and killed in ambush attacks this year now totals 20, which is the highest total since 1995,” said a statement released on Monday by the National Law Enforcement Memorial Fund that tracks police fatalities. “This is part of a growing and alarming trend that has seen 44 officers gunned down in fatal ambush shootings since 2014.”

Earlier this month pair of Des Moines officers were murdered in another ambush attack. There was also the massacre in Dallas last July where one man shot and killed five police officers while wounding nine others. That same month, a man killed three police officers and wounded three others in Baton Rouge. Rep. Ken Buck introduced the Blue Lives Matter Act last March, seeking to expand the federal hate crime statute to include law enforcement. A similar bill is being considered in Texas, too.

But, the notion has been met with derision from people like editorialists at the Denver Post, who said the bill “went too far.”

Likening the legislation to homeless protections that the paper also opposed, the Denver Post editorial board said, “we believe that being a police officer is not an innate part of a person’s identify. You’re not born a police officer.” All the more reason. The men and women in our police force could easily discard those uniforms. But, they volunteer to wear them. In gratitude to them we, as a society, should refuse to accept it as fact that those uniforms will make them targets for assassination.

Of course, there are many thinkers who oppose all “hate crime” legislation, arguing all violent acts should be treated equally by the judicial system. Others also argue that issuing more severe punishments won’t deter the crimes anyhow. The laws, however, do exist. And, 20 police officers have been killed this year for the color of their uniform, something many officers consider as central to their identity as their skin.

Our nation also safeguards religious liberty, something people aren’t born with, but affirmatively adopt. To be sure, expanding the definition to hate crimes to include police will not solve the problem. Some concentrated effort, however, to send a signal that we care as much about law enforcement as they care for us desperately needs to be sent, though. Because if we don’t have good men and women willing to wear those blue-colored uniforms, it will make it harder to protect all Americans, colored and uncolored alike, from hateful crimes.