The National Police Association on Wednesday slammed Congress’ investigation of the Jan. 6 Capitol riot as a politically motivated “dog and pony show” that has no intention of uncovering the reality of what actually occurred that day.
In an interview with Fox News on Wednesday, affiliation spokeswoman Betsy Brantner Smith, a retired police sergeant who describes herself as a conservative, mentioned Congress ought to hear from the hundreds of law enforcement officials who have been injured through the George Floyd riots final 12 months.
“People need to see that police officers go through horrible things, and Jan. 6 was a horrible thing for some of those officers,” she mentioned. “But, quite frankly, I find this whole Jan. 6 Commission, frankly, a dog and pony show. It doesn’t tell the whole story.”
“Myself, like thousands and thousands of Americans, sat there watching the testimony pondering, ‘Wait, where are the police officers who appeared – appeared – to let some of the protesters in?” she asked. “Where is the police officer who shot Ashli Babbitt? In fact, why aren’t we speaking about Ashli Babbitt? I imply there’s a lot extra right here.”
Brantner Smith’s feedback got here the day after 4 regulation enforcement officers who responded to the Jan. 6 riot on the Capitol gave testimony to a House choose committee about their expertise.
Brantner Smith mentioned these officers have been “politicized by Congress,” and that whereas their tales are essential, the American public additionally deserves to listen to the tales of the “more than 2,000” males and girls in regulation enforcement who have been injured throughout final 12 months’s violent protests.
She cited a ballot final week by the NPA and Rasmussen Reports that discovered 66% of doubtless U.S. voters suppose Congress ought to examine the riots spurred by Floyd’s homicide final May.
“I want the American public to hear about that,” Brantner Smith instructed Fox News. “And based on our survey, the American public wants to hear about that. They want to hear the testimony. You know, we have a Las Vegas police officer who is still paralyzed from the Black Lives Matter riots. We have thousands of police officers around the country who are retiring because of post-traumatic stress because of the riots.
“The 2020 riots, we will’t simply say the entire George Floyd factor was dangerous and that’s what cops need to take care of and then watch these 4 weeping males discuss their experiences, ignoring hundreds and hundreds of law enforcement officials, ignoring their emotions and their experiences and their accidents,” she said.
Brantner Smith also blasted the “defund the police” movement for dehumanizing law enforcement officers, and she argued the policies enacted allegedly for the purpose of saving Black lives are doing the opposite.
“It’s heartbreaking,” she said. “I’ve some cops who would moderately return to Iraq than proceed to work on the road, simply because of the large quantities of blood and our bodies and every thing they take care of that individuals don’t see.”
“It’s taking its toll,” she said. “We already had a police officer psychological well being disaster on this nation earlier than George Floyd, and now the uptick in police officer suicides is reaching a disaster stage.”
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“The veracity of the defund the police motion is immediately associated to crime in that space,” she continued. “We’re not saving Black lives by defunding the police, by reimagining police, by vilifying the police. And that’s what I believe is so disingenuous, and I believe it’s complicated for folks. Because I believe lots of Americans say, of course, black lives matter. I imply, who doesn’t consider that black lives matter? But but these insurance policies within the title of Black Lives Matter are literally killing extra Black folks, damaging the lives of Black folks than the police ever have.”
“We’re reaching a tipping level and I believe yesterday type of woke some folks up — I hope. I hope,” she mentioned.