I was a police officer for 15 years.

If #AmberGuyger performed CPR after shooting #BothamJean in the chest, she’d have blood on her hands, on her uniform, & on the phone she was using her hands to text with.

She. Is. Lying.

I’m most grateful that even as hard as this case is, the majority of dialogue on this thread has been sincere & respectful. We are all entitled to our beliefs, and I’m glad to see that most everyone is conveying their opinions respectfully! We can always agree to disagree!
THE JURY FOUND #AmberGuyger GUILTY!!!!!!

Thank you, Texas, for upholding justice!!!!!! #JusticeForBotham
I wholeheartedly agree with the guilty verdict. Today is still a win for POC! It’s not yet another case where we’re told we’re wrong for just existing. It doesn’t bring Botham back & it doesn’t set thousands of innocent others free... But for today, we can feel some relief!

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Sep 30, 2020
As a former @MNPDNashville officer & survivor of rape from a coworker, I affirm the nightmares reported by current officers are reality.
If you’ve ever wondered why women & survivors of abuse are reluctant to come forth, then let me share this quick story to provide some clarity.
In April of this year, current Captain Jason Reinbold earned himself a spotlight by berating and cursing at a woman & children on a greenway. Until yesterday, I had never had any personal encounters with Captain Reinbold while on the job or otherwise.
However, I did (& still do) support a woman who alleges being sexually assaulted by Captain Reinbold. I firmly understand that speaking out against abusers who are also police officers is one of the scariest things a survivor will ever encounter.

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My father served 37 years in the US Army & had two deployments. As a young girl (for his first tour), I remember being terrified my daddy wasn’t coming home. But even then, I knew that if he returned, he’d never be the same.
During his second tour, I was pregnant with my twins...
I was still scared he wouldn’t return, but the fear wasn’t for me. It was for my kids, who would possibly not get to know their AMAZING Papa! When he got off the plane from Kuwait he met his grandsons & said, “War is everything wrong in the world, but these twins are perfect!” Image
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Daniel Hambrick was a felon & should not have been in possession of a gun.
HOWEVER, the officer who chased & murdered him did not know his status as a felon and didn’t know whether or not Hambrick had a valid carry permit. The officer didn’t see him exit the “suspect vehicle.”
I’m all for serving & protecting... but as officers, you’ve got to be serving & protecting more than yourself!!!!!
This case was a game changer! Police departments across the nation preach about implicit bias & diversity until its time to make good on the training. Then it’s everyone for theirselves! Hambrick, like Delke, deserved his day in court. But Delke Killed Hambrick!
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Personnel in The Bubble maintain their regular commissioned pay minus any overtime... But some officers are working excessively (taking calls & reports from multiple precincts, walk ins, etc.) while some are paid full salary to just sit there. Who decides who works & who sits???
Policy says investigations should be complete within 45 days. However, there are PLENTY of people who’ve been decommissioned & in the Bubble for MUCH longer —some even over a year! Who is holding MNPD accountable for the mishandling of officers?

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