Rising crime has impacted everyone in some fashion, but few as directly as those who’ve taken it upon themselves to rise up in defense of law and order in their community by becoming police officers.
That has made it all the more difficult to withstand the negative “narrative” on cops, and Wednesday, radio host Megyn Kelly spoke up with a personal story about a brother hospitalized by “a gang of thugs.”
The death of George Floyd in May 2020 while in police custody may not have been the start of a movement against cops, but it certainly escalated the problem. As such, while activists and corporate media have done little to dispel or, in some cases, further the idea that police are racist “because of some cop in Minneapolis,” Kelly reacted to another story of injured officers with a character reference to her brother, a cop from Albany.
Joined by the author of “Criminal (In)Justice: What the Push for Decarceration and Depolicing Gets Wrong and Who It Hurts Most,” Rafael Mangual, on SiriusXM’s “The Megyn Kelly Show,” the outraged host reacted to the story of three members of Philadelphia’s SWAT team being shot and hospitalized early that morning.
“This is one of the reasons why the narrative about police bothers me so much. I have a brother who’s a police officer. He’s now just retired, but he became a lieutenant. So he rose all the way up through the ranks in inner-city Albany, where I’m from, and he was attacked at one point by a gang of thugs who came after him and really hurt him,” she explained.
“He was in the hospital for a long time,” Kelly said, while speaking about her step-brother Paul Kirwin, according to the New York Post. “And what did he do when he got better? He went right back out. This is when he was a beat–you know, on foot patrolman–went right back out and kept protecting them and went into house after house, this is a predominantly black neighborhood, house after house, protecting women who were getting beaten and kids who were getting hurt and, you know, black members of the community who were victims of black on black crime, which is what it tended to be there.”
“And never once said a racist thing. I mean, this is my brother, I know him well. Never once said a racist thing. Had a racist thought. Just kept going back out there to protect folks, was never accused of anything like that. Had a stellar career,” she went on.
“And then, because of some cop in Minneapolis,” the host railed, “he’s got the nation pointing at him saying, ‘You’re a racist. You’re a terrible person. You’re a racist, and you and your fellow cops don’t deserve funding for what you do.'”
The day prior, Kelly had railed against perpetuated narratives such as this one when she tore into MSNBC host Tiffany Cross whom she deemed “the most racist person on television” for turning the story of the NFL’s Tua Tagovailoa’s concussion into a divisive take on society.
“He’s not black…you dumba**, Tiffany Cross,” Kelly said in reaction to the MSNBC host’s claim of “complete disregard for black bodies and black life” that represented a “larger issue.”
Megyn Kelly: Take on Tua concussion makes Tiffany Cross ‘most racist person on television’ https://t.co/KIacmzQ9FN
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“She’s the most racist person on television. It’s amazing. Maybe she just doesn’t see color. Anyway, he’s not black,” the radio host pointed out of Samoan Tagovailoa, “but according to her, he is. Oh, and by the way, his coach isn’t white either.”
This kind of twisted race-baiting from Cross was just another example of how the ‘defund the police’ movement had grown to prominence in progressive cities where policies were then enacted favoring criminals. As such, increased violence has led to more police interactions like Wednesday in Philadelphia where a 19-year-old suspect opened fire on SWAT as they attempted to serve an arrest warrant. The shootout resulted in the homicide suspect’s death and the injury of three officers; one shot in the hip, one in the leg, and a third in his Kevlar vest, as reported by the Post.
“He’s just one example of cops who are like, ‘What? Like, this is the thanks that we get?’ And he continued doing his job as did his brethren out there serving the community. But so many have said, ‘Forget this. Forget it. Why would I do this?'” Kelly lamented.
Philadelphia has reported 424 homicides in 2022, a 58 percent increase since 2019, but down two percent since the record-high in 2021.
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