Did any of us actually need confirmation that police unions are, in general, one of the biggest problems when it comes to accountability? I still remember when the president of the Cleveland Police Union issued a statement after Tamir Rice’s family settled his wrongful death suit, suggesting the family use a portion of that money to educate children on the dangers of real and toy guns.
I realize unions are usually a good thing, but I’m convinced that, in the case of cops, they have morphed into a massive obstacle that prevents justice, and many times they simply act like juvenile asshats.
So frankly I’m not shocked at the most recent incident where the Minneapolis Police Federation (union) publicly supported a group of officers who got their feelings hurt and walked out of their off-duty security guard jobs with the WNBA.
Four cops left in the middle of a Minneapolis Lynx game at the Target Center, because the players held a news conference in which they condemned racial profiling, and then wore Black Lives Matter warm-up jerseys before the game.
The three-time WNBA champions wore black T-shirts that read “Change starts with us, justice and accountability” and on the back had Philando Castile’s and Alton Sterling’s names along with “Black Lives Matter” and a Dallas Police Department emblem. source
Unbelievable. If these guys ever had sensitivity training, they should ask for a refund. I cannot fathom how this support for Black Lives Matter could be construed as an attack on police.
In fact, it seems more like a show of solidarity with the men and women of law enforcement, including the DPD emblem and speaking about the officers who lost their lives as well.
Kroll criticized Lynx players, citing the “false narratives” in the past two years in which some allegations of police misconduct in the killing of black people were refuted. “Rushing to judgment before the facts are in is unwarranted and reckless,” he said.
Police sign up for off-duty jobs to work Lynx games, Kroll said. “They can start or stop a job whenever they want,” he said. “They are working on an independent contract.”
Asked about a report that seven or eight officers had walked off the job, Kroll said, “They only have four officers working the event because the Lynx have such a pathetic draw.”
I think Mr. Kroll needs to consult a dictionary and study the definitions of “justice” and “accountability”, because neither word presumes guilt. Nobody is pointing a finger. All Black Lives Matter is asking for is equal treatment, to be heard, and a stop to unnecessary violence at the hands of authority. These officers just proved their point for them. Based on his statement, I sense Kroll has been studying Trump’s business relationship strategies, and he would make a star addition to his team.
Duck, deflect, criticize, and insult. That is certainly going to help race relations in the community. One thing is certain, however, and that is he will not be getting kudos in the international media for his exceptional handling of bridging the divide. Perhaps he should place a call to the Memphis Police and ask for some advice. They handled a massive protest with more grace than he dealt with a professional women’s basketball game.