We’re not against the police. We’re not against the police department, but we are against police who commit misconduct (and those who help cover it up).
Phew! Angeleno’s concerned with the state of policing, police abuse, police misconduct, community and police relations and just overall common decency will never know how close they came to setting the clock back several decades.
Thankfully common sense prevailed and the rank-and-file men and women of the Los Angeles Police Department did not elect Detective Jamie McBride as their union’s president. I hear it was a close one and literally every vote counted. Well done!
Now this doesn’t mean that going forward we’re always going to see eye to eye, but it does mean that in Los Angeles, there is at least the opportunity to improve upon community and police relations. Police unions play as much a role today in community and police relations and fostering dialogue as do the departments and officers they represent. All three groups–the union, police department and community have a vested interested in how we can, together, develop actions that will improve community and police relations.
Anyway, needless to say we are pleased with the outcome of today’s election results and we applaud the officers who reached out in concern about the future leadership and direction of the union. 😆