The men and women of the Phoenix Police Department take an oath of office swearing to “protect and defend the Constitution of the United States, and the Constitution and laws of the State of Arizona, and will bear true faith and allegiance to the same, and defend them against enemies, foreign and domestic.” These words are embedded in Arizona Revised Statutes and are also affirmed by elected officials. From 1928 to the present, the Phoenix Police Department has lost 38 Officers in the line of duty.
Suddenly those who put their lives on the line to protect and defend the rest of society are the enemy as marauding criminal gangs have taken to the streets across the nation, using the needless death of a black man arrested for passing a counterfeit $20 bill in Minneapolis as an excuse for violence, looting, arson, and hurling bricks at, and even killing police. The white officer restraining George Floyd with a knee to his neck causing his death and other officers who witnessed it have been jailed, and are facing murder charges.
The repercussions of this death nearly 1,700 miles away, have emboldened ransacking mobs, blandly described by the local, far left newspaper as “activists and protesters” Bolstered by the lack of resolve of weak Democrat Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego, a crowd reported in excess of 1,000 descended on City Hall demanding a 25% decrease of police funding while “fully funding an Office of Accountability and Transparency.”
As widespread domestic terrorism erupted in Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey activated the National Guard.
In a recent interview, Phoenix Police Chief Jeri Williams, a black female, bizarrely commended Phoenix police officers who took a knee along with protesters during a night of protests saying, “We lead with heart,” and opining, “that sentiment reflects the beliefs of the majority of the police department.”
If that’s truly the case, which we doubt, we’re in trouble.