July 8th, 2020
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
I am no longer a member of the FOP. Per the request in my letter, I have signed my separation papers. Being that I previously publicly specified the reasons I chose to leave, it would be inappropriate for me to critique their organization moving forward.
To the thousands of people who have reached out in support, thank you. When you’re climbing a mountain alone and at a steep incline, every extra cheer and well wish is felt in abundance.
To the critics, thank you, too — productive dialogue is a good first step to solving problems. While many of you have made it obvious that you disagree with my position, none of you have laid any concrete counter-evidence on the merit of my position or invalidated my arguments. That said, I will address several of your common themes:
- Some have said, I am not “the police” and my tenure thus far has been too short for me to speak out. To them I say, look at the data. The most challenging problem for law enforcement in our city is gun violence. To date, I have the most gun recoveries of all three patrol-watches in my district this year — each recovery self initiated. The most recent came off of an attempt murder offender trying to flee. I chased him and arrested him just minutes after the shooting. While there are many aspects to policing, violent crime and guns is where I focus my attention. Very few things destroy a family faster than a speeding bullet.
- Others have taken issue with me issuing a public separation letter and have asserted that I have a hidden agenda.
Let me be clear, my agenda was this: first, to make public that the FOP in its current form does not represent me. Second, to confirm my position to my colleagues. Last and most important, to stand on the right side of history.
3. Finally, few have noted that the FOP is part of a much larger system and cannot be changed. To these folks I remind them that we reached for the stars and landed on the moon — that the imagination of the American people and the moral courage of free men and women have always won the day.
As I wrote in my letter, I would be happy to rejoin the FOP if they realign their compass to that of the 2.7 million people we serve. Further, I do believe the FOP can change…