A police officer has gone viral after posting a video laying out his frustrations with the current anti-police sentiment that has permeated the country for the last year.
“I’m tired. I am so goddamn tired. I wake up every morning and kiss my family goodbye, knowing that there’s a possibility I won’t come home,” Major Kelvin Dingle says in the video that has been viewed over 1 million times. “I am tired of every time I wake up in the morning, there’s someone else polarizing the fact that maybe law enforcement is just not a good thing.”
“All of us are not bad. I am not as they are. Most of us are not. There are bad people in every career. I am so goddamn tired, tired, tired!”
Dingle is the operations commander at Atlanta’s Morehouse School of Medicine’s public safety office. He describes himself as an “inspirational speaker” and “Christian Youth counselor” and has other videos documenting his work as an officer.
“I give everything. I am tired,” he added in the video.
Police departments across the nation are currently staring down a staffing crisis, with officers opting to retire amid a low recruitment pool.
“It’s the perfect storm. We are anticipating that the department is going to be understaffed by several hundred members because hundreds of guys are either retiring or taking other jobs and leaving the department,” said Mike Neilon, a spokesman for the Philadelphia Fraternal Order of Police.
Some officers are pointing to the growing anti-police sentiment and calls to reform and divest departments for the low recruitment.
“Every action has a reaction. When you vilify every police officer for every bad police officer’s decision, [people] don’t want to take this job anymore,” said Pat Colligan, president of the New Jersey State Policemen’s Benevolent Association.
Meanwhile, Black Lives Matter recently updated its list of demands to include calling for former President Donald Trump to be permanently banned from “all digital media platforms” while also staying on message that police be defunded.
“The police that met our BLM protestors this summer with assault rifles, teargas, and military-grade protective gear were the same police that, on Wednesday, met white supremacists with patience and the benefit of the doubt, going so far as to pose for selfies with rioters,” the group’s fifth demand reads. “The contrast was jarring, but not for Black people. We have always known who the police truly protect and serve. D.C. has the most police per capita in the country; more funding is not the solution.”
- ^ PHILADELPHIA POLICE DEPARTMENT FACES MANNING CRISIS AS OFFICERS OPT FOR RETIREMENT AND FORCE STRUGGLES TO ATTRACT RECRUITS (www.washingtonexaminer.com)
- ^ said Mike Neilon (cumberlink.com)
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- ^ Black Lives Matter recently updated its list of demands (www.washingtonexaminer.com)
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