It was about time they were put in their place.
According to CNS News, Mike O’Meara, president of the N.Y. State Police Benevolent Association, slammed protestors stating that “everybody’s trying to shame us.”
O’Meara said, “Three hundred seventy-five interactions with the public every year! Three hundred seventy-five million interactions! Overwhelmingly positive responses. Overwhelmingly positive responses. But I read in the papers all week, we all read in the papers that in the black community, mothers are worried about their children getting home from school without being killed by a cop.”
“What world are we living in?” he asked. “That doesn’t happen! It does not happen. I am not Derek Chauvin, they [other police officers] are not him. He killed someone. We didn’t. We are restrained.”
“Everybody’s trying to shame us,” said O’Meara. “The legislators. The press. Everybody’s trying to shame us into being embarrassed about our profession. Well, you know what? This [badge] isn’t stained by someone in Minneapolis. It’s still got a shine on it, and so do theirs, so do theirs.”
“Stop treating us like animals and thugs, and start treating us with some respect!” he said. “That’s what we’re here today to say. We’ve been left out of the conversation. We’ve been vilified. It’s disgusting. It’s disgusting.” you can read the full article here.