The Tulsa, OK fire chief is taking it upon himself to distance the city’s fire department from the police department following the acquittal of a police officer who fatally shot a black man who was high on PCP, parked in the middle of a road, not following officers’ commands and behaving erratically.
Tulsa Fire Department Chief Ray Driskell is frightened that supporting law enforcement in general may send the wrong message to certain people.
“It hit me in my heart that this was the right thing to do for the City of Tulsa and for the citizens,” Chief Ray Driskell said, according to NewsOn6.
The Tulsa Fire Department added the stripe after the slaying of 5 Dallas police officers last year to show solidarity with their first responder counterparts.
Ironically however, in removing the stripes, Chief Driskell is now showing solidarity with those who perpetuate the false narrative that police officers are inherently racist individuals who are just driving around looking for black people to shoot. The same false narrative that lead to multiple attacks on law enforcement in recent years.
‘Cops are bad, we can’t support them’ is implicit message that removing the stickers has.
“I don’t need a blue stripe on my fire truck to show solidarity with the police department, they know that we support them. I have weekly meetings with them. I have firefighters who work out with them,” he said. “Had it not been for the Officer Shelby thing that happened I don’t know that we would be doing this either. I don’t know that there would be the perception that it means two different things to people. It only means one to me,” Driskell said.
Chief Driskell ordered every fire department in the city to remove the stripes immediately.
As of this publication there is no known response from the firefighters’ union, but it’s likely the city’s bravest are none too happy with the chief’s decision to abandon the very individuals whom they work side-by-side with to keep the city safe.
Perhaps instead of following his heart the chief should consider using his brain and stick to his job instead of making a major political issue out of a simple bumper sticker that was likely supported by the majority of his firefighters and the majority of the citizens of the city.
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