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Former Secret Service Agent Dan Bongino defended police officers in an emotional plea to consider how this Father’s Day will look for families whose “dads left a piece of themselves in the street.”
Speaking with Fox News host Sean Hannity, the former New York City police officer called for an end to the “vilifying” of police officers in the wake of the death of George Floyd and other incidents, saying the division and hatred of law enforcement is a “really a sad point in American history.”
(Source: Fox News)
Hannity called for an end to the vilification as well, slamming local governments playing politics and leaving police officers “out to dry,” citing examples of the so-called “Blue Flu” in which officers have been calling out in rebellion.
“That means you and your family will be less safe, less secure and all Americans will be in more danger,” the “Hannity” host said.
“I’ve never seen anything like it,” a somber Bongino agreed.
“I’m receiving so many texts and emails from police officers…they’re devastating,” he said. “These guys are at the breaking point.”
“I mean, put yourself for a moment in their shoes. They’ve given everything to your communities. Everything. They’re not there to get rich, they’re not there to get famous – they’re never going to get to be on Fox News,” he said, noting how he has been gifted with the platform he has been given.
“I’ve been blessed. A lot of them are out there every day, busting their butts,” he continued, telling Hannity about the number of officers he once served with who are no longer alive.
“Think about this, right? Father’s Day is coming up…and yes, it’s tragic, Mr. Brooks is dead and I don’t wish ill will on anyone, he was a father, too. We should never forget that. We are all human beings,” he said, referring to Rayshard Brooks who died after Atlanta police officer Garrett Rolfe fired at him outside a Wendy’s restaurant last week.
Former officer Garrett Rolfe faces a total of 11 charges in connection with the incident which prompted the resignation of Atlanta’s police chief and sparked violent protests in the city. Many officers reportedly called out of work in response to the charges announced by Fulton County District Attorney Paul Howard.
‘Blue Flu’ hits terrified city: Atlanta cops refuse to work after DA charges officer with felony murder https://t.co/XYMMP2JdKA
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) June 18, 2020
“Father’s Day is coming up. Do you have any idea how many families across the country, their kids are going to get up right now, and their dads left a piece of themselves — if not their whole selves –in the street,” Bongino, the author of the upcoming book, “Follow the Money,” said.
“There’s going to be a dinner on Father’s Day with an empty chair. Damn it, this matters. There’s going to be an empty chair across them, they are never coming back,” he said emotionally. “They didn’t do it for them. A lot of the police officers don’t even live in these neighborhoods, they live in adjoining neighborhoods or even adjoining towns.”
“They did because they cared about you and public safety. They weren’t doing it for some lucrative TV deal later on or anything like that. They were doing it because they gave a damn and the fact that they gave a damn is why they’re not here anymore,” he continued.
“I just ask everyone to please have some perspective in this argument,” the conservative radio show host pleaded with viewers.
“There are bad seeds. We can fix that. We will do better. But my gosh, vilifying every police officer out there who have left everything, their families, some of them their souls in the streets, for you is just a really sad point in American history that I never thought we’d be at.”
Speaking on the issue of the “Blue Flu,” Bongino contended that it is not just a possibility, “it’s actually happening.”
“These guys have got to take a stand,” he said, adding that someone has to “stick up for the citizens of these communities.”
“If they’re going to be de-policed, these cops ain’t going to sit there and watch it happen. What else do you want them to do? They’ve got to send some message or your communities are going to descend into pure chaos,” Bongino contended.
“These are the finest men and women that I’ve ever worked with ever in my life. I would trust them with my kids, my house, my car, my wife, my family, anyone,” concluded passionately. “The finest men and women I have ever worked with in my life and the stereotyping of all of them as these racist killers is disgusting and gross.”
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