Over the past few years, a number of police officers have come under attack for doing their jobs. In some cases city mayors like New York’s Bill de Blasio have seemed to side with those attacking their police officers rather than supporting the men and women who put their lives on the line every day they put on their uniforms and walk out their door.
Thomas Williams, the mayor of Norwood, Kentucky, a small city across the Ohio River from Cincinnati, wanted to let his police department know that he fully supports them and has their back if anything happens involving them. He wrote a letter to the members of the Norwood Police Department that read:
With recent events across the country, I feel compelled to express my thoughts in writing as police officers across the country are under attack by race baiting black leaders and cowardly elected officials.
As you know, Norwood, in the past, has been portrayed in a negative fashion by some. The Norwood Police Department has always performed its duties in an exemplary fashion and held its high standard of conduct without any outside influence.
As always, now is the time to be extra cautious while performing your duties. Back each other and take nothing for granted.
Let it be known that, God forbid, something controversial would happen, I WILL NOT ABANDON YOU. As I have always said, your number one goal is to go home to your family at the end of your shift.
God Watch Over The Norwood Police Department.
Thomas F. Williams, Mayor
City of Norwood”
At the mayor’s request, Police Chief William Kramer posted the letter on the Norwood Police Department’s Facebook page. Once the letter went public, a number of the very race baiting black leaders started to react to his letter, reading into it what wasn’t said. One local black leader in the Cincinnati area was on the local news saying that the mayor’s letter was telling police that they could shoot unarmed blacks for no reason and he would protect them.
Greater Cincinnati Chapter National Action Network President Bishop Bobby Hilton met with black leaders and then went public with his racist interpretation of the letter, writing in a statement:
“It is unfortunate he has a problem with blacks and citizens of every group demanding full and fair investigations of the killings of unarmed black men. I strongly suggest that blacks stay out of Norwood. Do not shop there.”
This is exactly the race baiting that Williams spoke of in his letter. There is nothing in his letter that gives any hint of giving police officers permission to murder unarmed blacks for no apparent reason. It’s black leaders like this that are only stirring up the fires of racial hatred among the black community. It’s that kind of race baiting that fueled the protests and riots in Ferguson and other communities. They justified their own racial prejudice by pointing the blame at police officers that were only trying to do their job and defend themselves so they could go home to their families at night.
I applaud Mayor Williams for writing the letter to let his police department know that he fully supports them. I blame all of the negative reaction on black leaders who don’t want to see a peaceful solution to many of the racial problems. Think about it, if there weren’t any racial issues or tension, they wouldn’t have their jobs as black activist leaders and they would have to find a real job to support themselves with.