Des Moines Public Safety Officer 911


By Jim Trotter, DMPD Retired

As you might imagine, I've given this a lot of thought (that by itself is a scary thought). Simple description that will brand me or anyone else who dares to talk publicly about it, hate monger and a racist.

On one hand you have the criminal justice system. On the other hand you have the minority community (for those who can't read between the lines, I'm speaking of the black community).

For many years, the problem between these two communities has always been the fault of the criminal justice system. All the fixes are always aimed at the police and never a syllable is spoken about correcting any problems in the minority community.

Oh my, how could I even bring up the subject. Retrain the police, create new policies to guide the police on the use of force (I really like that one) and of course there's always the old standby "don't use racial profiling" when deciding to who to arrest while enforcing the law. You certainly must know what that means. Let me explain for the brain dead out there who might read this. An armed robbery has just occurred and the area police are notified that a black man, approximately 6 foot tall, wearing a black hoodie with the words "Black Lives Matter in _____________ (you can insert the name of any city you would like), carrying a large paper sack with the loot from the robbery, running west down ______________(again you may insert the name of a street of your choice) and a large silver gun in hand.

Along comes this racist cop en route to the scene of the robbery. Oh CRAP there's a guy who fits the description that the police dispatcher just put out running down __________________ (your street of choice) carrying a large paper bag, but I don't see a gun.  DOUBLE CRAP, what’s a racist cop to do. He/she is thinking "careful now, no racial profiling." 

Over simplified, not really. Cops are faced more and more with those OH CRAP situations/decisions. As an example, a female cop in Chicago a week or so ago beaten half to death because she didn't pull her weapon to defend herself in a life threatening situation. If we could talk with her today she would probably tell us she was afraid of the repercussions and the second guessing that the liberal press and possibly the U.S. Attorney General would speak of for months on end and no doubt in the end causing to her deal with possible criminal charges or even her job.

Well, you get my point. When blaming a problem on only one side of an issue, the problem will continue in perpetuity no matter how many layers of retraining, etc. that are given to the cops!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Now that I think of it, OH CRAP I must really be a hate monger and a racist to even consider that there may be a problem in the minority community (read between the lines)!!!!!!!

« Back

© 2020 Des Moines Public Safety Officer 911. All rights reserved.