Chicago, IL – A response to a call about a traffic accident in Chicago’s Austin neighborhood Wednesday morning quickly turned violent, but at least one officer – although she feared for her life – refused to fire at the suspect, citing fear of the backlash that would follow.
“She didn’t want her family or the department to go through the scrutiny the next day on national news”
The call came in around 10 a.m. after a man crashed his vehicle into a business, the Chicago Tribune reported. As officers arrived on the scene, they found the man wandering around. As they approached him to talk with him and ensure he was okay, the suspect – later determined to be high on PCP – turned on the officers and attacked them.
During the attack, the suspect repeatedly smashed a female officer’s head into the pavement with such force that she was knocked unconscious, but according to Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson, the fear of what her family would likely face overpowered the fear of her losing her life. For this reason, she chose to keep her service weapon holstered.
Another officer tased the suspect and pepper spray was also used, but neither had any effect on the suspect. It still took three officers to subdue the man, but none of them fired any shots. Johnson, as well as Dean Angelo, president of the Chicago Fraternal Order of Police, noted that an increasing number of law enforcement officers are second-guessing themselves in dangerous situations thanks to a recent rise in police scrutiny.
“If you participate in a deadly force situation you can save your life,” Angelo said, “but in 2016, you can lose your job.” Continue Reading
There you have it.
It was only a matter of time.
Officers are now second guessing their actions and putting their own lives in danger for fear of how the media will portray them for protecting themselves against violent criminals.
This officer would have rather been killed than have her family and personal life raked through the mud by the media and BLM.
Thankfully this officer wasn’t killed.
But she was lucky.
How long until an officer isn’t so lucky?