“If you don’t have a gun, get one and get one soon,” a poster called A Concerned Cop posts on St. Louis Cop Talk forum ahead of the grand jury decision in the Michael Brown homicide case: “It will be your responsibility to protect them. Our gutless commanders and politicians have neutered us. I’m serious, get a gun, get more than one, and keep one with you at all times.” Scanning St. Louis Cop Talk for more feedback from the boys in blue, a clear message comes shining through: the cops at the sharp end have little to no faith in their superiors. Here’s self-professed 33-year St. Louis police vet Jim Donaldson’s take . . .
I certainly understand the concept of following orders but the first night and those to follow did not turn out so well following inexperienced Commanders orders.
This is a prime example of what we have ended up with when the higher Commanders and Politicians get their “Unqualified” kids hired as Officers and promoted right up the ranks. Years later you are now seeing first hand how that arrangement worked out.
Now that the time has come for strong leadership to protect the Coppers and the Community look what we ended up with. Someone who should have continued to pick up after “Beatrice” and where the hell did he get all of those yellow service stripes?
I wish I were younger and able to stand shoulder to shoulder with those who are going to be on the next front line.
Just remember that when it gets down to it, do whatever you have to do to protect one another and be certain you all get home to your families who love and depend upon you.
Be certain to file a Workman’s comp lawsuit for each legitimate injury you sustain over this badly managed matter then quit and find another occupation to support yourself and your families.
Huh. Uncle Cracker [sic] offers a more upbeat message:
Hang on boys and girls. The pendulum is about to swing back. During the past 8 weeks I have had 5 meals bought for me while on duty. I have had countless people stop me and voice their support, one lady simply wanted a hug. The public support us, they’ve just been afraid to come out publically(don’t want to be viewed as racist).
The organizers of these protest have set themselves us to lose anything they may have/could have gained when they hitched their wagons to the violent, ignorant, destructive protestors that have and are now infiltrating our community for PERSONAL gain (yes, I mean Sharpton, et al.)
The penddulum is ready to swing. When the good people of the St. Louis area are personally impacted in Clayton, on our interstates or in their communities they will demand and end to this outlaw behavior. Simply speaking, muckracking at 3am is not going to be tolerated. Looting and burning our businesses wont be tolerated.
Hang in there. We will weather this storm. Brighter days are on the horizon, we just have to bear a little more.