Dear Chief Bratton,
Say something, or quit. If you don’t know you’re being used like a puppet in a national movement by anti-American factions with an anti-American agenda, then you should not hold the office you’re in.
You’re too smart to be fooled. The undercurrent is about much more than a few police brutality cases, valid or invalid. The undercurrent is about anarchy and a turnaround in the democratic process, led by an out-going President, an out-going Attorney General and black radical leaders in the likes of Al Sharpton who not only foments disorder, he has been given a huge platform, aided by a complicit national media base.
This nationwide movement is no accident, it is obviously well-planned and nonspontaneous. You know, and we know, that this is about social change where the law is undermined by the lawless, and the law enforcers are portrayed as the evil doers, while real evil doers are esteemed and martyrized.
Complaints about overuse of force by police will always arise as an issue, because police deal with violent people, hardened criminals, anarchists and crazies…all the time. And sometimes, yes, cops will get carried away and if they are wrong, they should be held to account. One million cops in this country handle over one million violent crimes a year, not to mention many more millions of drug crimes, sex crimes, domestic crimes, thievery, traffic, emergencies of all kinds and life-saving events. Physical confrontations are inevitable, particularly when violators resist arrest. From the many calls for police service, a few complaints will be filed and some of them will be valid. That’s life in the crime world….the world in which police officers are immersed daily.
Police officers must have an above average IQ to pass the entry test. Therefore, they cannot be so stupid as to purposefully target people of color for harassment, false arrests and brutality. Not in today’s world, where cops are under constant scrutiny. Those days are long gone. You know that. Some of these controversial officers may have erred, but if they did, it had nothing – nothing – to do with race. But it’s what your boss, the mayor, wants us to believe, it’s what Sharpton, Holder and Obama want us to believe. It’s what some irresponsible journalists want us to believe.
You’ve been in law enforcement nearly fifty years, which includes leadership of a half dozen large agencies. I know you don’t believe that Eric Garner, Michael Brown, Trayvon, and the others, had anything to do with racism or profiling. You know that, but you remain mute.
The hard reality is that black men commit half the murders and other violent crime in America while they only comprise 13 percent of the population. Cops don’t ask to be called to robberies, or domestic violence in progress, or murders and burglaries. But they go. And in today’s world, their peril is not only the criminals who would do them harm, but the watchdogs and sofa critics who want to see them vilified, hated and psychologically disarmed.
If they are ever successful, it will ultimately bring the downfall of this great country.
Chief Bratton, I watched you standing behind the new mayor of New York City as he delivered speech after speech, broad brushing police officers as monsters. Why are you lock-step with the race baiters asserting that race discrimination is systemic in police agencies when you KNOW it is not true? How can you stomach that? How can you look yourself in the mirror knowing you are made to appear supportive of this kind of anti-American, anti-police and untrue rhetoric?
You’ve had a great career, Chief. You’ve accomplished a lot. You are worthy of admiration. Don’t spoil it now by being a part of this charade. You’re too good for that.
Other police professionals, chiefs and police unions are speaking out. Your voice would carry more weight than any. Come on, Chief, you don’t really need the job. The people need to know what is really happening from behind the scenes. Do the right thing. Tell the truth.
Signed, Marshall Frank, Captain, retired, Miami-Dade Police Department, 30 years, author.