FOP Statement On Shooting
Before even the barest facts were verified in the fatal shooting of an armed assailant by a Chicago Police Officer Saturday night, the Chicago media was ramping up every angle they could muster to paint the shooting unjustified.
Even after the department released the video of the incident to stem this hysteria, the media is pounding an anti-police message from the incident and giving full voice to hysterical claims of people and activists without double checking their claims or holding their organizations accountable.
“Anger, anguish, searching for answers…” trumpeted the Sun Times.
This bias and self-generated hysteria by the media demonstrates a profound indifference to the burden of a police officer being involved in such an incident, even when, as in this case, the shooting is text book legitimate.
Media bias, the intense apathy toward the police, makes policing almost impossible in Chicago. Every officer knows that even when he or she acts appropriately, there is a band of reporters aching to destroy their reputations and denigrate their actions.
Politicians now know that the only way to succeed in obtaining their coveted positions is to cater to the media’s anti-police narratives. The Chicago media, therefore, contributes heavily to the body count every month in Chicago and to an appallingly low clearance rates in homicides.
The FOP is also disappointed that CPD leaders do not take a stronger stand against the lawless protestors and their false claims. Just last week, Superintendent Eddie Johnson marched with Father Pfleger and his supporters who were calling for an end to violence. For that very purpose, the department sent in a foot patrol to the Third District. Officers stopped an individual with a gun. The offender pulls it and gets killed. What is it these protestors want from the police and why is the media stoking so much hysteria about it?
“This shooting by the police was entirely justified,” said Fraternal Order of Police President Kevin Graham. “The offender refused to obey the lawful commands of the police.”
As it is, the FOP and its members have had enough of Chicago’s activist, one-sided media.