On August 26th 2011 Ofc. Dustin Carmack was in the process of arresting a thug on Southwest District when another thug drove past and shot the officer in his hip. The officer was transported to Wishard Hospital in good condition, and thankfully, expected to make a full recovery. This most recent act of violence against an officer prompted Chief Ciesielski to state, “I can’t tell you how angry I am right now. I don’t like to use the word ‘war’, because we’re not soldiers, but we just declared war on some thugs and some drug dealers or whomever it was that was responsible for this.” Tough sounding words by the Police Chief; regrettably his department’s actions and policies don’t match the macho rhetoric.
Local police officers have been complaining for years that criminals are increasingly embolden, perpetrating more and more violence against our local law enforcement officers. These thugs are emboldened by a weak and litigation frightened city and police administration. Thirty years ago thugs and scofflaws would have been terrified at the thought of IPD or MCSD commencing a crusade to avenge the death or injury of one of its own. Now, the thugs laugh at the empty words of Chief Ciesielski. They know officers are hamstrung by weak leaders that are unwilling to take on destructive cultures, ambulance chasing lawyers and race baiting clergy.
Sources within IMPD say the department is very close to adjusting the department’s pursuit policy again. Chief Ciesielski is considering, either on his own or by prompting of Director Straub, to deny officers the ability to pursue vehicles for minor traffic violations. No longer will officer be permitted to engage in a vehicle chase when the offender has a “broken tail light” or an “expired license plate.” Forget the fact that the absconding offender may have just committed a violent crime, say…..like….shooting another officer….; but if the officer attempting the traffic stop doesn’t have independent information other than the traffic violation, he cannot chase. Did I mention the city is petrified of litigation? So let the turds run free. “STOP in the name of the law, or I’ll yell STOP again!”
What the Chief should have said is, “We’re at war with the thugs as long as we don’t get sued.” This proposed policy change is certain to help reduce crime and reflect a new era of “toughness” on crime by the police department (sarcasm implied). This type of dichotomy between words and deeds is what we have all come to expect from politicians; say one thing and do another. Maybe I’m too militant, but I believe capturing turds is more important to public safety than the risk of a car accident.
Our police have become soft and powerless thanks to a gaggle of liberal politicians and “community leaders”. The criminal coddling lawsuit paranoid politicians have undermined the ability of police to enforce laws and judges to enact appropriate punitive punishments. Law enforcement leaders have put the liberties and safety of all the law abiding citizens at risk because of their ridiculous fears. Criminals have been allowed to prey on innocent Americans for far too long and politicians have allowed political correctness to dictate policy for far too long. Allow our police to be the “strong arm of the law” and protect us! Corporal punishment has its proper place in parenting and in the government’s ability to reduce crime. Who gives a crap what Rev. Sharpton, the “Concerned Clergy”, or the ACLU think or say? Foolish politicians want officers that will “hug a thug”, counsel youth, and “partner” with the community. This is not the proper role of police. Police officers should be respected because they are fair-minded and heavy-handed when dealing with the scourge of society. Walk softly; carry a big stick and USE THE STICK.
Stop trying to turn our brave law enforcement warriors into social workers. If IMPD is “at war” then give the officers the support and policies they need to shock and awe, not hug and counsel.