TAMPA, FL.- We have seen police officers taking knees with protesters across the country, especially at the beginning of the so-called “peaceful” protests over the death of George Floyd.
What we have also seen is police officers, who are responding to reported calls, being setup and ambushed. The police chief in Tampa Bay has had enough after nine officers were ambushed in the city last week.
Chief Brian Dugan of the Tampa Bay police department criticized the local prosecutor after he had made the claim that demonstrators were “peaceful.”
Newsmax reported that Dugan took an appearance on Fox News Channel’s morning show Fox & Friends this past Thursday, where he claimed that police officers were called to a location which is known for block parties on the report of a shooting last Saturday, where they were attacked by bottles and other object in what was described as a contained area.
Two officers were injured as a result.
In the interview with Steve Doocy, Ainsley Earhardt, and Brian Kilmeade, Dugan noted that the country was “at a crossroads,” and that if protesters and residents are inclined to make enemies out of police officers, they should prepare themselves to “make friends with the criminals.”
While officers were at the scene searching for a possible victim, the hoodlums blocked their path and became aggressive, throwing objects and jumping on a police vehicle.
“It was an ambush. I have no other way to describe it,” Dugan said at a Monday news conference. “When there are that many people out there and clearly no one had been shot. It was just a setup to get the cops there,” he told Fox & Friends.
Dugan said that due to high tensions throughout the country involving police, the department had changed protocols involving officer response to calls.
“We have changed our protocols where we send at least two officers to any type of call that we’re going to. Whether it’s a delayed burglary or whatever. This incident we actually sent nine officers to and it was clearly just a setup to get the cops there and surround them,” Dugan said on Thursday. “But this is what we’re dealing with, you know?
Dugan explained that current circumstances and with anti-police sentiment running high, he feels like police are in a no-win situation.
“If we show up and take action, you know, we’re heavy handed, you know it’s ‘excessive force,’” he said. “You know, [with] these peaceful protests, demonstrations—they turn on a dime and they can turn on the cops very quickly.”
Addressing the call nationwide to defund police, Dugan said, “We need to be very careful about that. The next time there’s an active shooter at the mall, the next time there’s an act of terrorism, or a school shooting, who’s going to respond?”
Dugan also slammed prosecutors, accusing them of not “depicting the whole story and leaving portions out that [don’t] fit their narrative,” including the destruction of police property.
“And I think we’re running into a situation in this country where, you know, people are now so afraid they’re going to lose their job, that they’re not doing their job,” he said.
The so-called “cancel culture” has already cost numerous people their jobs, including police officers and police administrators.
“You know, I assure you that, you know, we are not going to take a knee. We are going to stand up. We are going to defend our city,” he said. “We are the guardians of the city. And we have no [intention] of handing over the key to the city to these protesters who quite frankly are just not always peaceful.”
Dugan said during the press conference Monday that officers are exhausted, and morale is low.
“The police, we always have everybody’s back, and nobody has our back,” Dugan said. “Right now, the officers feel like they can’t win. And I would have to agree with them.”
Newsmax said that this incident came two weeks after Hillsborough States Attorney Andrew Warren declined to file charges against 67 people arrested in Tampa on June 3 for unlawful assembly.
Warren issued a statement that read, in part “prosecuting people exercising their First Amendment rights doesn’t solve problems, it creates them.”
Spoken like a true, spineless bureaucrat.