Dan Abrams, founder of Mediaite and host of the recently debuted NewsNation program “Dan Abrams Live,” vented on Saturday about people who have asked him if he’s “nervous” that his son wants to dress like a police officer for Halloween.
Abrams made his comments during an interview with Carmen Best, the former police chief of Seattle, Wash., and author of the new book “Back in Blue.”
“I’ve said something many times that I’ve gotten a lot of heat for — you’ve just said it more eloquently in your book — it’s basically, you say, that a small minority of bad actors draw most of the headlines when it comes to police,” Abrams began.
“And yet, I hear again and again — people say to me, ‘that’s just a cop-out, you’re just trying to defend the police, you’re just trying to protect them,’ etc.,” he noted further, adding that he believes it’s true that most police are effective and perform their jobs well.
“I’ve spent a lot of time covering police officers et cetera,” Abrams said. “I see how much time and effort the vast majority of police officers spend to do their jobs really well.
“And yet, there are a few bad players out there, and as you point out, those are the ones who should be held accountable. There’s got to be a system whereby they should be held accountable,” he continued. “There’s gotta be a system whereby they should be held accountable. But these people who just wanna sort of lump in the police and say, ‘Oh, you know, they’re bad, how could you “defend the police” — that’s a real cultural problem in our society.”
Best, who resigned in August 2020 following weeks of protests in Seattle and the city council’s decision to cut police funding along with her salary, generally agreed, said that “no one dislikes bad cops worse than the good cops,” because the bad actors bring shame and criticism on all officers.
“But as you noted and as the data shows, out of the hundreds of thousands of contacts made each year” between police and the public, “most of them — the vast majority — go well,” Best continued.
In response, Abrams talked about the “cultural moment we’re in” from the perspective of living in Manhattan, as he does.
“My son…is going to be for Halloween a police officer,” Abrams said, noting that his son made the decision on his own.
“I have people saying to me, ‘Are you nervous about your son going out as a police officer for Halloween?’ And I’m like, ‘What are you talking about, am I nervous about my son going out for Halloween is a police officer?’” an incredulous Abrams noted. “The fact that we’re at that point is just so frustrating to me, and maddening.”
He went on to praise Best for her book, which looks back on issues including racism and sexism, among others, she says she experienced during her career as a means of bridging the cultural divide over police officers, a profession that reached new heights of respect just two decades ago following the 9/11 attacks.
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