When police officers screw up, or worse–when the media assumes they have screwed up, the incidents get vocal media coverage. What happens when they’re doing their jobs? That’s what they’re supposed to do. Those moments, even when they’re heroic, often don’t get any attention. Here’s one recent episode, though, that deserves a closer look.
Rob O’Donnell, a retired NYPD homicide detective, was watching the coverage of the shooting Friday at the Ft. Lauderdale airport. O’Donnell, who now works as a security consultant and director of public safety in Northeast Pennsylvania, saw something in this coverage that the media wasn’t mentioning.
“Ft Lauderdale: I see black/white/latino/male/female/child/adult all with one thing in common. A Police Officer risking all to protect them,” O’Donnell wrote on Twitter.
“As of late ,supporting the police has become unpopular and the trolls and the false narrative pushers seem to have been allowed the louder voice via the mainstream media,” O’Donnell told Independent Journal Review.
As you’d expect from O’Donnell, he supports the efforts of law enforcement.
This often puts him in a controversial spot. When shootings like the one in Ft. Lauderdale happen, people want to read media coverage of what went wrong. How could it happen? They’re less interested in what went right.
And they’re often dismissive of opinions that want to praise the police. Many of the people who have responded to O’Donnell’s post say the cops don’t deserve any praise, as this fits within their job description. They’re doing what they’re paid to do.
LOL. O’Donnell doesn’t see it this way.
“My wife was 7 months pregnant when 9/11 took place,” O’Donnell said in his statement. “[She] begged me to come home because I said my goodbyes to her and my son. I did this to help strangers of all races, colors, and creeds.”
“This is what we do. Are we 100% perfect? Absolutely not. But because 0.02 step out of line, why are we all police the targets?”
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