Rhetoric, which is more harmful than it is beneficial, typically helps no one other than the people pushing said rhetoric. All you need to do to understand the concept of rhetoric is consider the most associated adjective for the word, “empty.”
Houston Police Officers’ Union President Joe Gamaldi has had enough of rhetoric wreaking havoc on the reputations of officers to the point that they become targets.
Gamaldi spoke at a press conference that gave the media an update on the horrific situation that saw four Houston police officers get shot on Monday. The officers are alive, but two are in critical condition.
After thanking first responders and others for their aid in the aftermath of the shooting, Gamaldi had some choice words for critics of police that use their rhetoric to paint cops in general in a bad light.
Here’s part of what Gamaldi said:
But now I want to speak on behalf of the 5,200 brave men and women of the Houston Police Department and the other 800,000 police officers that are working these streets every single day, putting their lives on the line. We are sick and tired of having targets on our back. We are sick and tired of dirtbags trying to take our lives when all we’re trying to do is protect this community and protect our families. Enough is enough!
He’s got a point. In today’s society the media — and to a certain extent the politicians as well — have perverted the mindset of this country to the point that some people believe that police officers are the bad guys and criminals are victims.
You can take a look at Gamaldi’s comments at the press conference below:
“And if you’re the ones that are out there spreading the rhetoric that police officers are the enemy, well just know we’ve all got your number now,” Gamaldi continued. “We’re going to be keeping track of all of y’all, and we’re going to make sure that we hold you accountable every time you stir the pot on our police officers.
“We’ve had enough, folks,” Gamaldi concluded. “We’re out there doing our jobs every day, putting our lives on the line for our families. Enough is enough!”
Officers were attempting to serve a search warrant “for black tar heroin” when four of them were shot by one or both of the suspects, who are reportedly both deceased.
While I’m not too sure of the “keeping track” line Gamaldi used, it’s refreshing to generally agree with something said by someone who is deeply involved in a union.
People need to be careful when it comes to rhetoric being put forth towards anyone. That same rhetoric could cost someone their life.