So the El Paso Times conveniently forgets that the Chief of Police in El Paso has delivered them a "safest city" award every year since he took the helm. He also doesn't have any problems with cops shooting people they shouldn't shoot. Hell, he doesn't even have a problem with too many people complaining about their treatment by his officers. For Christ's sake he's the damn poster child for doing things right when it comes to policing. But do you think the Shapleigh run newspaper would notice? Hell no.
Read this HERE.
First of all, if you're an elected official and you can't wait to get your face in front of a camera after a tragedy like the murders in Dallas, you're just trying to make the incident about you and build your political stock on the blood of brave cops. Nobody who has worked in politics can deny this. There's always that conversation after a tragedy like this - "Do we make some political hay here, or will it come off as too ego driven?" El Paso's county, state and federal leadership have taken full advantage of recent tragedies across the country to bring attention to themselves - and it's disgusting.
I'll never forget the story told to me not to long ago by a hill staffer who witnessed the chickens coming home to roost. The mother of a victim of a very public tragedy, such as Dallas or Orlando, came into a member of congress' office. The congressperson couldn't wait to meet this mother at the door - had staff photographer ready to go - video and all. The mother walked in and berated the congressperson for raising money on the death of her child. It was apparently quite awful and well deserved. Think about that the next time you see your local politicians mugging for the cameras in reaction to something that happened far away from El Paso.
The reason El Paso's Police Chief did not speak at the conference is because he's not an asshole. Second, he's not an elected official. He gains nothing going up there and giving an ego speech. He was visibly upset at the time and chose not to air his anger, pain and frustration with the tragedy in Dallas - he did the right thing. It wasn't until he was badgered by the press that he uttered a word and just like the press always does, they took it and made it into something it's not.
If you read the editorial it's full of gigantic leaps to a fictional El Paso where the community is divided and needs healing. That isn't true - El Paso has a great relationship with its police - save for the cowardly criminals who have murdered cops in the past few years (and we as a community were universally horrified at what happened to those officers - not a single person made a cross statement. That's a testament to how good people really are in El Paso). El Paso doesn't have a police and community relationship problem. There's no good reason to even suggest that you do, unless you're just trying to sell some newspapers.
The worst part is that the El Paso Times says he slandered El Pasoans when talking about the national BLM movement. And do you know how I know that the Police Chief was not referring to any local entity? Because he suggested that the "leadership of this country" take notice of the group. Don't you think if he meant the locals, he'd suggest he was looking into them? He's obviously talking about the national BLM group.
And here's the kicker - the vigil held (not a protest like Susie Byrd and friends try to sell it as - it was never intended to be a protest and the organizer did an awesome job of getting all the right permissions to have a vigil in the new park - kudos to them for doing it right)... The vigil was put together by "UTEP’s Black Student Union and Parents, Families, and Friends of Lesbians and Gays." Neither of those groups are BLM. It's irresponsible to make the Chief's words about BLM nationally about two local groups who don't call themselves BLM. The paper owes the chief and apology for twisting the meaning of his words to suit their purpose.
Remember - you have local white and Latino politicians calling a black man racist here. And don't forget - the white editor of the newspaper also calling a black man racist. I don't think they get what they are doing here and it's embarrassing for the whole community.
I do commend the mayor and city council for generally staying out of this issue to this point. They weren't trying to boost their public image on the backs of dead cops. I hope they don't do something stupid pertaining to the chief who has done the job any other community would be jealous of - and likely are. The chief is a police officer when it comes down to it. He's not a politician and he's not bureaucrat. He's a guy who gets the job done and needs no "look at me" moments in return. Judging by the number of local cops organizing on Facebook and other media to support him - he's the person they want leading the department. If council does something stupid and gets rid of him the moral in the department dips and that's when you have police and community problems start cropping up.
Some of you may be asking - "well what are they supposed to do in response to a tragedy like this?" That's easy - what did the former President of the United States do? He put out a written statement supporting the right team and kept his face off TV because it would be rude to build his legacy off the corpses of heroes.
In honor of the dead we give them a moment of silence. Your local officials need to give a lot more moments of silence these days.