“I spent the first part of my career thriving to build a reputation of a good cop … I threw that all in the garbage in Sunday.”
The decision of police officers to take a knee based on heckling from the woke mobs is obviously an individual one. We’ve seen New York City’s top uniformed cop take a knee, and most of us cringed. We’ve seen cops washing the feet of black “faith leaders,” and most of us cringed. Likewise, we cheer when a police officer asserts that he kneels for no one but God.
One NYPD lieutenant who took a knee at the mob’s bidding is deeply remorseful and sent an email to his fellow officers to express his deep shame at doing something so completely against his, against law enforcement’s, against America’s nature.
In Foley Square, resounding chants of “NYPD take a knee.” Eventually, four cops kneel to huge chants. “We just want to get home safely, same as you,” says one protester. pic.twitter.com/6eRC4h9L0Q
— Jake Offenhartz (@jangelooff) June 1, 2020
In a June 3 email obtained by The Post Thursday, Lt. Robert Cattani of the Midtown South Precinct said he regrets his “horrible decision to give into a crowd of protesters’ demands” and kneel at Foley Square in Lower Manhattan, with several other cops.
“The conditions prior to the decision to take a knee were very difficult as we were put center stage with the entire crowd chanting,” Cattani wrote. “I know I made the wrong decision. We didn’t know how the protesters would have reacted if we didn’t and were attempting to reduce any extra violence.”
. . . . “I thought maybe that one protester/rioters who saw it would later think twice about fighting or hurting a cop,” Cattani wrote. “I was wrong. At least that [sic] what I told myself when we made that bad decision. I know that it was wrong and something I will be shamed and humiliated about for the rest of my life.”
“We all know that a–hole in Minneapolis was wrong,” Cattani added, referring to fired cop Derek Chauvin, who has been charged with murdering Floyd.
“Yet we don’t concede [sic] for other officers’ mistakes,” he added. “I do not place blame on anyone other than myself for not standing my ground.”
Honestly, my heart goes out to him. How much strength of character must it have taken for him to be so unabashed in his self-indictment? Most people just bluster and attempt to defend their wrong actions, but here is a man willing to own his mistake.
The New York Post continues:
He wrote that his decision to kneel “goes against every principle and value I stand for.”
“I spent the first part of my career thriving to build a reputation of a good cop,” he said. “I threw that all in the garbage in Sunday.”
That took guts to write.
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