So far, the commissioner has not sent out an email commemorating anniversaries of Philadelphia police officers killed in the line of duty. Nor do I expect to ever see one. For the record, the meat of the email is pasted below.
Today marks one-year since George Floyd’s death and I encourage you to take this time to think about the many changes that have occurred in society and law enforcement. For some of us, George Floyd’s death on May 25, 2020 seems like a long time ago, but for some, this still feels near.
Maybe to his family and those in Minneapolis, but how does this effect anyone in Philadelphia?
As police officers, we witnessed the tension, angst, and unrest that many members of our communities experienced as a result of George Floyd’s death.
Yes we did, and while the city was burning, the commissioner was hiding in her office.
While I obviously don’t condone the violent or destructive behavior that came out of the unrest, the outcries against state-sanctioned brutality and systemic injustice should not be ignored. They are very real.
The commissioner doesn’t condone the violent behavior; she just ordered officers to stand down while the thugs were setting fire to the city.
As law enforcement officers, our actions represent the government – and as an arm of the government, it is our duty to uphold the law and be impartial in its application. When we behave in a just and balanced way, our communities perceive that the government is fair and trustworthy…
I assume the commissioner’s idea of upholding the law is supporting the Soros-appointed DA’s decision to not charge anyone – ANYONE – who participated in last summer’s riots.
Danielle M. Outlaw
We all anxiously await another email celebrating the anniversary of Breonna Taylor’s death.