An Atlanta cop’s emotional on-video reaction to the anti-police sentiment sweeping the country, at least in some quarters, has gone viral across several social media platforms.
Originating on TikTok, the video made by 20-year law enforcement officer and U.S. Marine vet Kelvin Dingle explained to America and the world while on his way home after his shift about how disrespect toward cops is leaving him practically exhausted.
In the impassioned statement, Dingle, a major in the operations command of the Atlanta-based Morehouse School of Medicine Department of Public Safety, decried the unfairness of demonizing all cops over the misconduct of a relative few.
“I wake up every morning and kiss my family goodbye, knowing that there’s a possibility I won’t come home. I am tired of every time I wake up in the morning, there is someone else [who] polarizes the fact that maybe law enforcement is just not a good thing. All of us are not bad…
“There are bad people in every career. I’m so goddamn tired, tired, tired,” the major said in a heartfelt, high-volume manner.
America has obviously experienced its share of policing controversies particularly since the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis (which resulted in ex-cop Derek Chauvin being found guilty on two murder counts) followed by several high-profile officer-involved shootings, which the corporate media pushes to the top of the headlines.
These incidents also prompted the defund-the-police movement usually in America’s liberal-run, and often crime-ridden big cities.
Given all the notoriety and the millions of page views, Major Dingle subsequently received an invite on the Fox News Channel.
Dingle told the Fox & Friends crew that he has grown increasingly fed up with the negative portrayal of law enforcement that emerges almost on a daily basis.
He added that things have really changed in the general community, and it’s become customary for other motorists to give him dirty looks or flip him off as he commutes to or from work in his uniform, which apparently inspired him to do the brief video clip.
“This is something new; it’s a new attitude, and I don’t know where it’s coming from…All of are not bad; all of us are not bad at all,” he reaffirmed.
“It’s really heartbreaking to me; when I got in law enforcement 20 years ago, it was not that way. In the last two years or so, law enforcement has really been put out there as something negative,” he lamented.
“We actually took an oath to protect and serve, and don’t get me wrong, it is what it is. Some people make bad decisions, but the majority of us that put this badge on every day…we’re generally good-hearted people that want to make a difference.
“On that day [of the video], I just honestly had enough. My heart was broken because of the things I saw in just traveling home to my family, and it wasn’t always used to be that way,” noting he used to be greeted by the public with waves, smiles, and salutes.
(Source: Fox News)
The Fox News hosts asked Major Dingle to react to the California incident in which a self-described teacher called a sheriff’s deputy a “murderer” and a “Mexican racist” during a routine traffic stop in Los Angeles County.
“That is more common than you all could imagine,” the major said about the disturbing incident. He described the traffic stop as a “good pullover” for a legal infraction, and that the motorist’s racial allegations were, at best, uncalled for.
“This [hostility] has to stop…That officer…kept his composure, which is a good thing, because that is what we’re are taught to be, professional in all scenarios, in all cases.”
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In the context of lowering the temperature in police-community relations now and in the future, Major Dingle indicated that two-way communication is necessary. “I don’t see this going back to the way that it was without a conversation.
“The truth of the matter is that we have two sides. And two sides need to be heard. But people need to listen, not to respond, but listen to understand. That’s the difference…and if you can do that, I promise you there is a solution out there,” he concluded on an upbeat note.
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