The past several weeks have seen riot after riot in major cities across the country, from New York to Chicago to Portland and Seattle, and it’s been absolutely pitiful to watch as the police departments find themselves almost literally handcuffed by the city leaders who order them to stand down when faced with violent and destructive protesters.
They’ve had to disengage and watch while thugs break windows, deface buildings, loot, and destroy landmarks, all the while leaving behind mountains of rubble and trash.
One city’s police force has (wisely) taken a different tack. It’s been made possible by a city government that supports their police rather than muzzle and gag them.
Detroit, MI – Detroit Police Chief James Craig on Tuesday said his city hadn’t been plagued by the same riots that have left other major cities in ruins because his police department doesn’t retreat.
Chief Craig told FOX News that he had learned his lesson during his time on the Los Angeles Police Department and referenced the Rodney King riots.
“We don’t retreat here in Detroit,” the police chief told Tucker Carlson on July 28. “We’re just not gonna do it.”
“You saw the images … of streets where there was lawlessness, looting, burning,” he said. “No sign of police officers. We weren’t giving up ground to the radicals. We just didn’t do it.”
“I saw what it was like after Rodney King in Los Angeles,” Chief Craig explained.
“And so, but not only that, Detroiters,” he continued. “Detroiters are fed up with these radical protests. I’m not to talking about these peaceful protests … [I mean] these misguided radicals that have tried to incite violence in our city.”
“They said, ‘We’re not going to put up with it.’ And so we got a couple of things. We got a great police department, great leadership, but we have a community that stands with us and said, ‘enough is enough,” the chief bragged to FOX News.
Some of the criminal element’s leaders in Detroit have attempted to incite the people to oppose decisive action in which known criminals were arrested, but when the public was treated to bodycam video footage showing that officers acted fearlessly and appropriately as they apprehended known felons, the criminal leaders were quickly exposed for the troublemakers and frauds they are.
I think kudos are due all around for a city government that supports its police and insists on the maintenance of law and order!
Stories abound about what a tough place Detroit is, but at least they have leadership that makes some sense when it comes to following the established rule of law and uphold the duties of their offices to protect and serve the community.