An e-mailer sent this our way. They relate that it wasn't written by them, but it was sent to both major papers as a "Letter to the Editor." We doubt it will see the light of day, so we're printing it here:
- Today, my car was acting up. I took it to the mechanic. Then, having no experience in auto repair, I proceeded to tell him what was wrong and how to fix it.
Then, I headed to the doctor for a surgical consultation. Having never been to medical school or studied medicine I then proceeded to tell him what surgery to do and how to do it.
On my way home, I stopped by the courthouse. Having never been to law school, I met with a few lawyers and judges and told them how to try, defend, and judge cases.
If this all sounds asinine, it's because it absolutely is. Why would anyone attempt to speak about something that they themselves know nothing about?
Then why are we letting the public dictate police policy, having no experience in law enforcement? All police have been civilians. Not many civilians have been the police.
Everything written in the past is of a fluid dynamic. There's lots of grey, and with good reason. These proposed changes are foolish and only serve to appease certain parties or groups of individuals.
It is not only dangerous to officers, but also to the public they serve. Restricting police action restricts police work. And that empowers and emboldens criminals.
With the recently released draft of the new "Use of Force" order, and solicitation of public input, while excluding the FOP and PBPA - the very people who will be living (and dying) with the order, is asinine. Special Ed is proving minute by minute that he is nothing but a tool for Rahm and he has no one's back but Rahm's.