Chicago Shows Cop Haters Can Still Go Further Insulting Cops | OPINION

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You have got to be kidding me.

If we thought nothing could shock us about how Democrat-run cities treat law enforcement officers, we were all wrong. In a real head-scratcher, even for an anti-cop civilian review board, this week, Chicago’s Civilian Office of Police Accountability (COPA) recommended discipline for an officer regarding a 2019 incident.

The incident involved a botched drug raid “conducted at the wrong address and resulted in a naked social worker being handcuffed in her own home.” I’m sure this was a traumatic event for the wrongly targeted woman. However, professional errors reflect the type of work being done.

When a factory worker makes a mistake in an assembly line, at worse, it could be expensive, but no one is likely to get ordered to the floor and handcuffed.  The reality is when your job involves life and death decisions; your mistakes can result in serious injury or even death. Fortunately, no one was injured or killed–just scared and embarrassed.

But that’s not the issue here. Regardless of what caused the mistake made on that day in 2019, WGN reported, an officer was accused of failing “to timely activate her body-worn camera…” and some ancillary minor offenses. The discipline report read, “Accordingly, COPA recommends a 3-day SUSPENSION.”

Okay, perhaps that might not seem unreasonable, maybe even mundane. That’s except for something COPA ignored. The officer in question was Officer Ella French, who was shot and killed in the line of duty this past August.

Chicago police are rightly livid that COPA would so callously release such an unnecessary report. Or that they didn’t at least show the late Officer French the respect of mentioning in that report she’d given her life for the people of Chicago.

“We demand an apology immediately for the intentional harm caused to Ella’s family, friends, and co-workers,” said John Catanzara, the Chicago police union president.

COPA attempted to defend themselves by arguing the report had been written while Officer French was still alive, and they would have had to redo the report.

Redo the report? Really?

Sandy Malone, at The Police Tribune, further reported, Catanzara also said, “This is the latest example of why that agency has zero credibility in the eyes of every CPD officer.” Malone added, “This is the second time that the murdered hero has been disrespected by the city she gave her life to protect.”

Reportedly, the night of the shooting, the CPD’s “second-in-command ignored a sacred ritual and refused to wait for the Emerald Society to play the bagpipes as a final send-off for the slain hero.”

Trending politics says Deputy Police Superintendent Eric Carter, over a police scanner, refusing “to respect the fallen officer, said, ‘We don’t have 20 minutes for this sh*t; we’re not waiting on the bagpipes. Go ahead and get the vehicle inside. Take it all the way inside. Do not stop!’”

“Sacred rituals” like this are immensely important to real cops. It helps officers left behind with closure and lets them know that if the day comes when they must make the ultimate sacrifice, they know their city appreciates the sacrifice they made for their community. Sadly, in cities like Chicago, the ugly truth is many cities, and worse, some department leaders do not respect their cops—at all.

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