Public Servants Should Support Our Police, Not Accuse Them Of Murder.
Ontario MPP Nathalie Des Rosiers (Ottawa-Vanier), is facing massive criticism for a tweet accusing a police officer of murder.
She has since deleted the tweet, which she claims was posted by an “aide” saying a police officer “murdered” an individual last year.
As reported by the Toronto Star, “The Twitter account belonging to Nathalie Des Rosiers (Ottawa-Vanier) featured a series of tweets Wednesday night in English and in French about the shooting of Abdirahman Abdi.
The tweet in question said: “My thoughts are with Abdi’s family & friends murdered by a careless police officer. Be strong!”
Des Rosiers seemed to be discussing a shooting that took place on July 24, 2016. Police were called to reports of a man assaulting a woman. Abdirahman Abdi ended up being shot, and Ottawa Police Constable Daniel Montsion was charged and suspended.
Abdi reportedly had a history of mental health issues, and died as he was being arrested.
Constable Montsion was charged with manslaughter, assault with a weapon, and aggravated assault. Of note, his trial doesn’t start until 2019 – meaning he is innocent until proven guilty.
You would think a public servant would withhold judgement, and refuse to disrespect the police by basically accusing an officer of murder without a trial.
It’s disgraceful, and it fits a pattern of many elitist politicians who show disrespect for the institutions and people who defend us.
Mr. Abdi's death has been difficult for many. We should all respect due process and allow the Court to fulfil it's role. https://t.co/yW1XMmfXe5
— Charles Bordeleau (@ChiefBordeleau) July 27, 2017
Des Rosiers issued an apology – not directly, but through the office of Premier Kathleen Wynne. Here’s what she said:
“Despite the tweets from my account last night, I want to make it clear I had no intention of commenting on any ongoing proceedings. I have absolute respect for the integrity of our judicial process. In our society everyone is innocent until proven guilty and I apologize that the comments last night did not reflect that principle.”
The tweets posted last night do not reflect my views. I take full responsibility for the fact that they were sent.@OPA_President
— Nathalie Des Rosiers (@ndesrosiers) July 27, 2017
In an interview later on, she said she “was not aware,” of the tweet – apparently blaming a staffer – though did say she took “full responsibility for the tweet coming out of my account.”
“This doesn’t reflect at all what I would have said. It is completely inappropriate. I fundamentally respect the presumption of innocence. I have spent my whole like advocating for that, so the tweet does not reflect my thoughts at all,” added Des Rosiers.
Of course, many have serious doubts that Des Rosiers didn’t make the tweet, thinking it odd that a staffer would have tweeted that from her account, and also odd that the tweet was left up for 13 hours.
For the record, I don't believe her. https://t.co/peqKdYmiOt
— Brian Lilley (@brianlilley) July 27, 2017
Police deserve credit
It’s become fashionable among many to criticize the police. Obviously, no institution is above being questioned. When the police do something wrong, they should be criticized. That said, it seems the police are almost never given credit for keeping us safe. They only get talked about when something goes wrong. That has to be demoralizing for many officers, and it’s disturbing to see.
Police officers put themselves in serious danger, and they deal with situations almost all of us would avoid. They don’t get paid like bankers and elitist politicians, even though they work way harder.
So, it is essential that politicians show respect for the police. That doesn’t mean avoiding criticism when criticism is due, but it must mean standing up for the vast majority of officers who do their job with integrity, and it must mean respecting the presumption of innocence. The police have our backs, and we should have theirs.
Des Rosiers’ tweet fits into a larger elitist attitude of denigrating the police, and we need to push back against that attitude.
Police officers are rarely credited for putting themselves in danger to keep us safe, and they deserve far better from a supposed “public servant.”
The elites want to hide their many failures behind political correctness, deception, and manipulation. We need to push back and spread the truth.
That’s why I write.
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