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).
So it seems that the union that represents the rank-and-file men and women of the Los Angeles Police Department has jokes.
On Friday, out of the blue, Tritobia Ford, Ezell Ford’s mother gets an email directly from the Los Angeles Police Protective League with the subject line: LAPPL BLOG: How can you trust the judgment of a Police Commission that applies the wrong legal standard?
First, how in the hell did the League get her email address? She never has received emails from the police union before. Her email address is not public. But all of a sudden just days after the Board of Police Commissioner’s controversial decision that found one of the officers “out of policy” for shooting her son in South L.A. last summer, she’s signed up on the League’s email list.
Someone over at the League has jokes and they are not funny.
Mrs. Ford and her entire family have gone through enough already. The last thing she needs is to get some email from the League critiquing the Commission’s decision and pointing the finger back at her son. If that’s how the League feels, fine. They are entitled to feel that way but they can discuss it amongst themselves or take it up directly with the Commission. Why in the hell would you send it to Mrs. Ford except for shock value and to be cruel?
I seriously doubt the majority of the rank-and-file represented by the League, no matter how they feel about the shooting of Ezell Ford and the Commission’s decision would have co-signed on something like this. No, I think this is courtesy of some of the League’s shady leadership who are pissed off at the Commission.
I emailed the League’s president Craig Lally directly about this on Friday and heard nothing back from him. I wonder if he was the one who added Tritobia’s name to the email list?
At any rate it was a cruel and evil thing to do to a woman who has gone through enough drama with the LAPD. Her son is dead Christ’s sake. And while I doubt they are, the League ought to be ashamed of themselves.
If they wanted to send that email to someone they should have sent it to all five members of the Police Commission with whom they have their gripe with.
Now if a cop was killed and someone sent an email to the officer’s wife gloating about how that cop deserved to be killed and created the situation in which to be killed, the LAPPL would be fit to be tied. They’d be screaming bloody murder into every news camera they could find. This is no different.
This is the kind of shit that keep tensions high and keeps the drama going.
Cut it the fuck out.
And for my folks represented by the League, please have a talk with your peeps. They are seriously tripping and obviously trying to start some shit.