It’s no secret that many police officers feel like they don’t have as much support from the public as they once did.
Many blame this on “anti-law enforcement zealotry,” the media, and a host of other antagonists, both real and perceived.
In San Francisco, the union representing rank-and-file police officers felt like they had to fight back, so they produced a radio ad and bought air time, so it could be heard by both police supporters and critics alike.
“It has become a catchphrase for every anti-law-enforcement zealot and shows a willful blindness to the demographic of crime,” the ad says in part. “When our officers respond to call for service, the victims are oftentimes people of color. We speak for them.”
Gary Delagnes, who used to be the head of the police officers’ union, recorded the ad.
It’s unclear if the ad will help defuse and deescalate tensions or add to them, but whatever the case, the San Francisco Police Officers’ Association is speaking out.