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Randy Sutton is a 33-year law enforcement veteran, a trainer, and the national spokesman for The American Council on Public Safety. He served 10 years with the Princeton (N.J.) Police Department and 23 years with the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, retiring at the rank of lieutenant. He is an author who has published multiple books on law enforcement.
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Anti-Police Rhetoric Worst in 45 Years

Former NYPD commissioner tries to bring some common sense to the national debate on effective policing.

December 22, 2014  |  by Howard Safir

Michael Brown and Eric Garner died resisting arrest. Officers Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu died doing their job. It is a very important distinction. Michael Brown and Eric Garner were committing crimes. Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu were protecting all the citizens of New York City.

The national dialogue on proper and effective policing has been totally distorted. Activists purporting to represent the majority of the black community have been bolstered by a 24 hour news cycle that gives them unwarranted credibility. I do not believe for one minute that Al Sharpton represents the feelings of most hardworking, law abiding black American families. I know through dozens of community meetings during my time as NYC Police Commissioner that what the black community wants most is what we all want—a safe environment in which to live their lives.

There are 18,000 police departments in the United States. They interact millions of times with the public, and make hundreds of thousands of arrests. Very few result in a suspect’s death or injury. We do not have police forces out of control as the media and the Sharptons of the world would have us believe. Does that mean that there are not serious incidents of police abuse or misjudgment? Of course there are. When they take place we should investigate them thoroughly and prosecute and punish those who committed the wrong doing. We should not burn down buildings and murder police officers.

Read Complete Story at Time.com.


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plato's playdough @ 12/22/2014 6:54 PM

No, no, Big AL meant something else entirely....

From article "Killings of 2 New York Officers Trigger Backlash"

Similarly, the Rev. Al Sharpton, who has called for peaceful protests, condemned "eye-for-an-eye" violence and called it absurd to blame protesters or politicians for the officers' deaths.

"We are now under intense threat from those who are misguided — from those who are trying to blame everyone from civil rights leaders to the mayor rather than deal with an ugly spirit that all of us need to fight," he said.

Sharpton added: "There are those of us committed to nonviolence and making the system work. And there are those committed to anarchy and recklessness who could care less about the families of police or the families who have raised questions about police accountability."

Now, did you NOTICE the article's last word BACKLASH, I think it was?

David Watson @ 12/22/2014 7:46 PM

Here we see an entire paragraph written with the politically correct intent of kissing the behinds of "the black community". Sort of like the "I'm not a racist, I have a black friend" thing. Herein lies a problem. Who really gives a damn what this "community" or that "community" wants anymore? I don't. What about what the "white community", or the "police community" wants? Sounds stupid when you put it that way, doesn't it?
Then we have some general nonsense. Typical stuff from that falls from the mouth or mind of any politician. Wasted key strokes. Blah blah blah, would have been better.
Then we end with the nerve grating "sacrifice their life" nonsense. I don't want any officer to sacrifice his or her life. I want them to fight like hell for it! These New York officers didn't sacrifice anything. It was stolen from them. I seriously doubt they made the choice to "sacrifice" themselves.
Is anyone but me tired of hearing from politicians?
God Bless NYPD. I grieve your loss.

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