A police officer was viciously beaten on Thursday. While she said she could have shot her assailant and prevented the nearly fatal assault, she chose not to "because she didn’t want her family or the department to go through the scrutiny the next day on national news."
The Chicago Tribune reports that the incident occurred when a car rammed into a building in Chicago. Three Chicago Police Department officers approached an unidentified man that was moving away from the crash. The driver, who was on PCP, began to smash a "female officer's head against the pavement until she lost consciousness" in a struggle with police officers that lasted "several minutes." The man was eventually tased and pepper-sprayed by one of the other officers.
All three of the police officers were taken to a hospital for treatment.
Chicago Police Department Superintendent Eddie Johnson said the female officer, who has been on the force for 17 years, didn't use her gun against the assailant because she wanted to avoid being torn apart by the media.
"As I was at the hospital last night, visiting with her, she looked at me and said she thought she was gonna die, and she knew that she should shoot this guy, but she chose not to because she didn’t want her family or the department to go through the scrutiny the next day on national news," Johnson said at a ceremony honoring police officers and firefighters. "This officer could (have) lost her life last night. She’s hospitalized right now, but she still has the spirit and the bravery that these officers and firefighters display every day — every day.
"We have to change the narrative of the law enforcement across this country."
Johnson later said that the female officer's reluctance to use her gun in that incident is reflective of how "officers [are] second-guessing themselves" due to "the scrutiny going on nationwide."
Dena Angelo, president of the Fraternal Order of Police, told the Tribune that cops "don't want to become the next YouTube video."
"If you participate in a deadly force situation you can save your life, but in 2016, you can lose your job," Angelo said.
The Washington Post seemed to begrudgingly admit that the incident gives some credence to what's known as "the Ferguson effect," in which police officers are hamstrung by media scrutiny and leftist organizations, causing them to pull back on proactive policing, resulting in an increase in crime. A recent report from the FBI showed that violent crime increased by 3.9 percent from 2014 to 2015, and murders increased by 10.8 percent in that same timeframe, for instance.
In a climate where an armed black police officer shooting an armed black man in both Wisconsin and North Carolina sparks rioting, it's no wonder that this female officer was hesitant to use her gun against a man that was pummeling her face to the pavement, and she was prepared to die in order to spare her family from the long knives of the leftist media.
The consequences of anti-police rhetoric can be deadly.