I understand the frustration of Dave Mutchler, the president of the Fraternal Order of Police. He's tired of police officers being punching bags for activists and politicians. After all, being a cop is tough and dangerous. What's EASY is second-guessing the police from the safety of a calmer place. Easy to say a cop should have used his Taser, or should have engaged in hand-to-hand combat, or should have shot him in the leg. That form of second-guessing is nonsense.
But there are so many things wrong with his open-letter- to-everyone that it's hard to know where to start. First, it is not Mutchler's place to speak for police officers except as it may pertain to a contract dispute. The police are employees of the city and their spokesman should be their boss, Steve Conrad, who by the way, is much better at it.
Second, the letter felt threatening, and threatening the public or the media is simply not representative of the police I know.
Third, Mutchler's letter seemed to set new police policy, which again, he does not have the authority to do.
I'm sure his intentions were good, but his letter was tone deaf and inflammatory. I think the police of FOP Lodge 614 should take a long look at whether he should continue to convey this image on their behalf.