Not about the policies of the Chesapeake Police Department leadership, or the Carpetbagger Prosecutors, but at least about the individual Officers who have lost one of their own. I have noted a lot of comments here and elsewhere claiming organized mass perjury and faked emotion. That is unfair. It is also counterproductive in arriving at the truth.
When emotions run high, it is human to make monsters of those who oppose us. That is happening on both sides of this issue, and human as it is, we must recognize it in ourselves and others and allow for it.
What we are opposing is bad policy, not bad people. The officers in the field did not make our laws, but they are bound to enforce them. The policies that led to the tragic death of Det. Shivers were set at higher pay grades than the officers who carried them out and who are testifying in court.
If there has been dishonesty, it will be revealed in due time, but we should give the benefit of any doubt to the sworn testimony of these officers until that happens. People certainly remember their own part in major events in their lives in the most favorable light, but I really don’t believe nine police officers conspired to collude on substantial items of perjury.
So, please, at least in this forum, lets treat these officers as we would if they were sitting here with us, with respect even when we disagree on policy.