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Former Chicago cop, now I fight crime elsewhere | Looking for new perspective | Just here to give perspective and build bridges | R/Ts are not endorsements
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Nov 11, 2021 10 tweets 3 min read
COPA awarded Officer Ella French a 3 day suspension posthumously.

That's right, a deceased officer, one who died by the hands of a shitbag, has to lose 3 days of pay for... Checks notes... Late activation of a BWC and failure to complete a stop report as a PPO. Before anyone's panties get in a bind, I'm not excusing the punishment for the error made.

This is another dog and pony show that a city agency can put on.

COPA can hold up stats and herald loudly "LOOKIE WHAT WE DID! WE SUSPENDED X AMOUNT OF OFFICERS FOR AN AVERAGE OF X DAYS"
Apr 17, 2021 20 tweets 4 min read
I read something and it gave me pause for thought.

Essentially the statement was cops in high crime areas police different than low crime areas. It was stated in relationship to Adam Toledo's fatal encounter with a police officer, and made reference to if it was a different neighborhood it wouldn't have happened.

I've seen renditions of the same idea revolve around racism, implicit bias, and these things only happen in Black and Brown neighborhoods. That if it was a Black or Brown cop the shooting wouldn't have happened.

I partially agree.
Sep 14, 2020 10 tweets 2 min read
I hear or read this a lot, that policing isn't as dangerous as a lumberjack or truck driver.

And it's TRUE. Per capita more people are killed in a myriad of different careers and professions and law enforcement.

But here is why things are very different... Most police officers will go through a career never having been shot and killed. Many may never ever draw their weapon or need to use force. What separates out LE from other more "deadly" professions is the human aspect.

A logger goes to work w/ specific tools and a job to do
Jun 4, 2020 70 tweets 17 min read
Black trailhawk chase that started at 117th and Halsted, now W/B on Lawrence at Austin #ChicagoScanner Passing Montrose N/B #ChicagoScanner