A Chief has to learn how to be a Chief

Minneapolis Police Chief Medaria Arradondo
Minneapolis Police Chief Medaria Arradondo

If someone dies, everyone is led to believe that they were perfect in life; but when a person is down, everyone is ready to kick ‘em and that is what happened to former Minnesota police officer Derek Chauvin, when fellow police officers and his own Chief were there to testify against him.
It may be understandable that the rank and file were willing to testify against their fellow officer, Chauvin, if their boss, their superior, their Chief, “asked” them to testify.
What is incomprehensible is that the Chief sat on the witness stand and attacked his officer, his subaltern, who may have been under his supervision for more than two years.
USA Today reported during Chauvin’s trial that “In the run-up to the trial, both sides sought to introduce evidence about Chauvin and Floyd’s past actions. Prosecutors wanted to introduce eight incidents involving Chauvin. Hennepin County District Judge Peter Cahill allowed two of them.”
Given the understanding that Chief Arradondo was well aware of Chauvin’s record as a police officer and it begged the question of why he did not fire Chauvin earlier, we can assume that Chief Arradondo could be as responsible for the death of the arrestee as Derek Chauvin might be.
Wikipedia describes Chief Arradondo as “a “fifth-generation Minnesota resident of Colombian heritage.” Arradondo joined the MPD in 1989 as a patrol officer in the Fourth Precinct and worked his way up through the police ranks until he was named the inspector for the First Precinct.
In 2007, he and four other African-American officers sued the department alleging discrimination in promotions, pay, and discipline.
The lawsuit was settled by the city for $740,000, and in December 2012, Arradondo was promoted to head of the Internal Affairs Unit responsible for investigation of allegations of officer misconduct.
As head of the Internal Affairs Unit, Arradondo should have been aware of Derek Chauvin’s involvement in these several incidents so when he became the Deputy Chief and Assistant Chief before being nominated Chief in 2017, he could have and should have “worked” at removing his problematic officer.
Arradondo was officially named Chief of the Minneapolis Police after the previous police chief resigned in mid-2017, shortly after the shooting of Justine Damond by former Minneapolis police officer Mohammed Noor.
It seems like Chief Medaria Arradondo may have become Chief, not because of his qualifications, but because he is Black, and the city does not want to give him another opportunity to sue again.
USA Today reported that Arradondo, as chief of police during the high-profile murder of George Floyd and subsequent widespread protests and destruction, fired all four officers involved, which was a historic decision, and later directly addressed the family of George Floyd, stating his position that all four officers involved were at fault and he was awaiting charges from the county attorney and/or the FBI.
Being a police officer is like being in the military; if one does not have the backing and support of the leader, the superior, morale and respect cannot exist.
It is our opinion that Chief Medaria Arradondo does not deserve to be a Police Chief; he needs to learn how to be loyal to his troops because the police force should be like a family and people that have dignity and mental stability consider that family, right or wrong, is family and fix their problem internally, like a family does, and not in a public forum.
How can a police officer, nowadays, go out and face those protesters, those anti-police groups, those George Soros materialistic followers, if they are not sure that they are going to have the backing of their superiors?
Not only that, how can police officers on the street go out and do their job if they are not sure if they are going to have the backing of their superiors if anything goes wrong and they face tragic situations?
Also, how is the community going to feel or react if they need the help of a police officer and the call is responded to by a police officer that is not sure if his or her superior is going to have their back?
The tragedy that occurred in Minneapolis, Minnesota is something that every police department should see as an example of what could happen to them, and be very aware and on guard that it does not happen to any of them.
We, as a community, should show a little more understanding for our police officers and show them respect because they are the only help we may have in an emergency regardless of how many bad experiences we may have had in the past.
We, like many others, may have had some bad experiences with police officers that left a few bad memories, but this is the time to place those memories in the back of our minds and show respect and support for all our police officers.

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