The Tampa Police Department has released a video montage of body camera footage showing what its officers go through on a daily basis in dealing with the public. In it you will see officers cursed at, belittled, threatened, ignored, and disrespected. But you will also see officers serving that same public; helping them and even saving their lives.
This is an obvious effort by the department to serve as a reminder that it is the rare occasion when an officer behaves badly and not what is shown over and over on national media.
The video also includes some sobering statistics for the Florida town:
In 2014, 20% of the 1,000 Tampa police officers were assaulted in the line of duty and 341 officers were injured in the line of duty.
Here is the full post on Facebook:
Tampa PD were recently featured here at TruthRevolt after off-duty officers proved less than thrilled to sign up for overtime pay providing security for Beyonce's upcoming concert there, seemingly refusing to after her affront on the men and women in blue during her pro-Black Panther Super Bowl performance and pro-Black Lives Matter video. Lucky for her, though, the department has vowed that her concert will indeed be staffed because it is their "responsibility to do that regardless of how controversial it might be, who the artist might be, or the politician might be."
If that doesn't sell you on the job they are doing, try this one:
Here they are at the 28th Annual Black History Celebration dancing after issuing excellence awards to local teens:
These videos couldn't come at a better time in highlighting the dangers officers face day to day. Terrible news emerged out of Virginia over the weekend where a 28-year-old female officer was shot and killed responding to a domestic-violence incident. It was her first day as a new recruit to the force. Ashley Guindon was killed Friday when Ronald Williams Hamilton, 32, an Army staff sergeant stationed at the Pentagon, fired on three cops as they approached his home in response to the man's wife calling 911 for help. Not only were all the officers hit, killing one, Hamilton tragically murdered his wife shortly before they arrived. Thankfully, the couple's 11-year-old son escaped uninjured.
The real story is the bravery and sacrifice so many officers make above and beyond those very few, who with the media's help, give all cops a bad name.