Immediately following the Merit Board hearing of Officer Piland he was heard saying to supportive officers, “Because that is what this profession is about, is that right there, it’s about us. We got to work every day for us and that’s what matters and that shows here today.”
Officer Piland was crucified in the media by the “Concerned ‘False Prophets’ Clergy”, Public Safety Director Frank Straub, and Chief Ciesielski for displaying an “Us versus Them mentality." In light of the murder of Officer David Moore, I don’t think Officer Piland’s words could have been any more truthful and accurate. Furthermore, within the last few days Chief Ciesielski seems to have affirmed what Officer Piland was trying to convey, when the Chief spoke about “Our police family…”
Who rendered aid to Officer Moore as he lay on the snow covered ground bleeding to death? Was it neighborhood residents who may have been peering through their windows; seeing David lying motionless on the ground? Sure, a couple residents picked up the phone and called 911, but officers were already heading towards the area where they personally heard the gunshots. The truth of the matter is that no citizen rendered direct aid to Officer Moore. Officer Moore’s “brothers and sisters in blue” were the first ones on scene to help him. Don’t misconstrue what I am saying. I do not expect citizens to charge out of their homes at the sound of gunfire and put themselves in harm’s way. However, don’t criticize officers when they appear to display an “Us versus Them” attitude then. Our law enforcement heroes choose to place themselves in harm’s way so citizens don’t have to. When police officers (Us) deal with criminals (Them) an adversarial attitude naturally develops.
The “family” of IMPD officers live out the truth of Officer Piland’s words daily; “It’s about us.” To the IMPD patrolman, their brother or sister working next to them is “all they’ve got” when incidents arise that threaten the safety and lives of those officers. Officer Moore knew he could rest upon two truths that horrible day; God’s promises and knowing his brothers and sisters in blue would move heaven and earth to try and help him. Just maybe our city would be a better place to live if everyone subscribed to the same truth IMPD officers adhere to; “I am my brother’s keeper.”In honor of our city’s TRUE WARRIOR – Officer David Moore.