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Former NYPD officer and Secret Service agent Dan Bongino defended police and law enforcement as vital and necessary for a civil society during testimony before the House Judiciary Committee Wednesday.
Bongino, a podcaster and Fox News contributor, acknowledged that while there certainly are some officers who are bad apples and not suited for the job, the vast majority of cops are caring, compassionate “heroes” who put their lives on the line daily to protect and serve their communities.
The former federal agent was one of several witnesses who provided testimony to the panel as it held hearings on police reforms in the wake of the death of George Floyd, who died at the hands of Minneapolis police last month.
(Source: Fox News)
The four officers involved in Floyd’s arrest have been fired and charged with crimes. One former officer, Derek Chauvin, has been charged with second-degree murder after he pinned Floyd to the pavement with his knee for several minutes, rendering him unresponsive.
Floyd’s death sparked riots and demonstrations nationwide that are continuing throughout the country.
His death has also led to calls from Leftist groups and some elected officials to disband or defund police departments, including in Minneapolis — which Bongino said would only lead to more violence, destruction, and death.
After expressing his condolences to Philonise Floyd, George’s brother who testified earlier, Bongino recounted how he became reacquainted with an NYPD officer he went through the academy with some years earlier after the officer was severely injured while off-duty as he tried to help a stranded motorist.
He then noted that he worked with “good men and women” in law enforcement throughout his career and that the vast majority of officers are good people with honorable intentions.
But, he added, “as with any profession, there are officers, no question, who aren’t suited for the job.”
“Some will cause trouble, sometimes worse,” Bongino noted. “We’ve seen that.”
“But in my experience, this is rare and becoming rarer,” he continued, recalling how NYPD and FDNY personnel rushed into the twin towers of the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001, to rescue people after the buildings had been struck by hijacked airliners.
“These are the types of people that I was honored and deeply privileged to work with,” he said. “Public safety came first. Everything — everything else — came second. Sometimes even their own families.”
“The ‘Defund Police’ movement will target these heroes. They are the police, these people. It’s not some amorphous mass that will be affected, it’s real heroes in real-time,” he added. “Removing these heroes from your communities and my community will do nothing but ensure chaos and destruction.
“Police officers are the front lines putting themselves between the evildoers among us and the honest, hard-working Americans just yearning for security and prosperity and a small slice of Americana,” Bongino continued. “We can and should commit to police accountability, there’s no question about that. But we can do it without shredding the thin wall between civilization and chaos.
“There are few jobs in the country as stressful as policing,” said the former Secret Service agent, noting that he receives messages a few times a year from friends and associates informing him that an officer or agent he knew has been killed in the line of duty.
“Imagine if that was happening in your job,” said Bongino. “Think about that just for a minute. You didn’t just get the text. You get the text a couple times a year. That’s policing. That’s what they do. They risk their own lives for yours.”
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