(Liberty Bell) – The normalizing of anti-police sentiment is a dangerous thing. It makes perfect sense in a republic such as ours for the taxpayers to be very concerned about any misconduct on their local police force, which should be dealt with accordingly.
You’d be hard-pressed to find anyone who thinks that what happened to George Floyd in Minneapolis was just. The cop who kneeled on his neck for a full nine minutes, literally squeezing the life out of him, must be punished to the fullest extent of the law.
But there is a very big difference between holding those rare bad apples accountable and slandering all cops as corrupt when the vast majority of them are decent, law-abiding, self-sacrificial public servants who put their lives on the line to protect the public and are, in fact, held to a very high standard that they manage to achieve.
Police officers across the nation are being treated as second-class citizens…by the very people they’ve sworn to protect!
It is truly sick. How can we expect to maintain a civil society with this pervasive attitude about law enforcement?
Oh, wait. We barely have a civil society anymore. At least not as far as Portland, Oregon is concerned.
As riots and violence rage in the streets, brave men and women of law enforcement are more maligned by the public than ever before.
The Blaze reports that Sergeant Ken Duilo, who began coaching the football team at Cleveland High School in 2019, says that the school fired him after facing criticism for his position in the police department.
According to The Oregonian, Duilio — who has been on the force for the last 23 years — said activists pressured the school to remove him as coach via flyers which detailed two use-of-force incidents that reportedly took place more than two decades ago.
A 2001 incident featured a gang-related attack on Duilio and two fellow officers. The attack resulted in the hospitalization of two of the other police officers. Duilio was uninjured in the incident.
A second incident, which also took place in 2001, saw Duilio mistakenly shoot a man who he believed to be a suspect. It turned out that the man was a Good Samaritan who had managed to disarm a man with a gun at a local convenience store.
The victim survived the shot and received a $200,000 settlement. Despite the accident, a Multnomah County grand jury found no criminal wrongdoing with regard to Duilio’s actions.
The flyers apparently garnered enough attention that the district was forced to call him in for a conference to discuss the incidents mentioned in the flyers.
Duilio said that when he showed up for the conference, it was apparent that the administration had made up its mind regarding his future with the football team, and was only seeking him out as a formality.
He said that the district told him that they “didn’t see a path moving forward because of pressure they’re getting” over the flyers and his June remarks.
“It’s unjust from whoever is leading this,” he said. “[Portland Public Schools] still had a role in it. They could have stood up to them.”
“I’m at a loss for words, frankly,” he said. “I love working with the kids. … Potentially, someday, I’ll be back.”