Efforts by radical Black Lives Matter activists and their supporters to defund the police were embraced last summer in the aftermath of the death of George Floyd, with Democrats like then-vice presidential contender Kamala Harris supporting bail funds for rioters and media outlets like CNN all but literally throwing matches on the fires by proclaiming looting and burning entire city blocks were all “peaceful protesters” knew to do considering their previous cries for social justice supposedly weren’t listened to.
But while calls to defund the police hurt House Democrats in last year’s elections, the inflamed rhetoric from the left about law enforcement supposedly not caring for black lives has not subsided in the slightest. After the officer-involved shooting death of Ma’Khia Bryant last month, tensions reached a boiling point when NBA star LeBron James posted a now-deleted tweet with a photo of the officer from the Bryant shooting, with the caption “YOU’RE NEXT. ACCOUNTABILITY,” which was viewed by many as a threat of violence towards the officer.
Since that time, the law enforcement community has been sounding off and voicing frustrations about the broad brushing. Among them is Major Kelvin Dingle, who works at Atlanta’s Morehouse School of Medicine Department of Public Safety as its operation commander. Dingle posted a video to TikTok last week that has since gone viral, with nearly 2 million views as of this writing. It’s a short clip, but the emotion he expressed in it as he talked about being “so tired” of people bashing officers and deputies who put their lives on the line every day was so raw and painful, and the hearts of many went out to him.
Watch (language warning):
Damn. You have to listen to this man. pic.twitter.com/hU1IMWtpxA
— Ian Miles Cheong (@stillgray) May 2, 2021
Dingle’s video also got the attention of Fox News, where he appeared on Tuesday morning to elaborate on his thoughts:
“It seems like every night we go to sleep or every morning we wake up, there’s something negative that’s portrayed about law enforcement,” Dingle said. “I was riding home and I was thinking in regards to everything and now it’s just different. I’m driving next to people and people are just frowning at me. People are purposely doing things to get my attention. They’re flipping me off.”
“Don’t get me wrong,” he continued, “it is what it is, some people make bad decisions. But the majority of us that put this badge on every day, the majority of us want to protect and serve…. We’re generally good-hearted people that want to make a difference… And that day, I just, honestly, had enough. My heart was broken because of the things that I saw in just traveling home to my family, and it wasn’t always that way.”
Dingle also noted that the type of incidents like the one from earlier this week where a black driver verbally attacked a Hispanic L.A. County deputy with racial insults was “more common than you all can imagine.”
In addition to Dingle, two members of the Los Angeles law enforcement community have spoken out and gotten a lot of media attention in recent weeks, including veteran officer Deon Joseph – who called for a one on one meeting with LeBron James, and Detective Jamie McBride, who went off on James during an interview, calling him “one of the biggest hypocrites out there” for demeaning police officers while enjoying the benefit of off-duty officers for security for him and his family.