YC| Retired NYPD officer Rob O’Donnell is now a security consultant and the Director of Public Safety for a town in northeast Pennsylvania.
He frequently posts supportive comments about police on social media.
When the Florida airport shooting occurred, media focused on many things.
Who the shooter was? Why he did it? Was it terrorism?
But O’Donnell saw something else that others had not.
Can you imagine the courage of this officer, standing, in the face of potential fire?
Standing to protect all the people on the ground beneath him.
In picture after picture and not just the one O’Donnell observed, police can be seen covering people, protecting them, rushing them to safety.
Here are a couple more:
During the shooting, 5 people were killed, 6 were wounded.
O’Donnell has seen a lot of cop-bashing and he wanted to make a point.
He told Independent Journal Review that as an NYPD homicide detective he attended “a dozen of my friends’ funerals after 9/11,” so he knows the gravity of the job and its sacrifices:
“My wife was 7 months pregnant when 9/11 took place, [she] begged me to come home because I said my goodbyes to her and my son. I did this to help strangers of all races, colors, and creeds.
This is what we do. Are we 100% perfect? Absolutely not. But because 0.02 step out of line, why are we all police the targets? This is exactly what the BLM and such are against: profiling. Why is that stereotype OK but the fact via the FBI, that a black male is 9 times more likely to commit a violent crime, and that his victim is most likely to be black, not?”
O’Donnell said the message is: all lives matter.
“Always have, always will.”