06:41 "Police unions are the only reason why we have professional standards. We're the ones that advocate for more training; we're the ones that advocate for more education because we recognize that the job is very very difficult. And if there are barriers to entry, you're going to get better applicants and better folks that are out there serving our public."
07:47 "We don't defend bad behavior. If an officer's out there violating somebody's rights, they're not one of us. But if they're out there doing their job and something doesn't look good on a camera, but they're doing it in policy and they're doing exactly what they should be doing to keep the public safe, we have an obligation as a society to stand up for them."
11:21 "And so this is directly asking the question to our citizens, do you want to defund the police? And this was in June of last year. Our citizens, by a 65% margin, said absolutely not, we want to fund our police. And they voted to renew that crime tax for 10 years."
20:05 "In a time where we have violent crimes and you're seeing failures of leadership all across this nation by police chiefs that are castigating officers for political expediency, we have to have citizens that stand up and demand that we hold those chiefs accountable."
In this episode of the National Police Association Podcast, Sgt Betsy interviews Manny Ramirez, President of the Fort Worth Police Association. Violent crimes and homicides become rampant in counties that have successfully defunded their police department. Citizens concerned for their safety are now standing up; the call for police support, protection, and de-prosecution are now more pronounced than ever.
02:58 The effects of Defund the Police movement on the Austin County
05:57 Police Unions: Are they a threat for the public?
10:04 Pro-police rallies and involvement of statewide police officers/veterans in the local politics can help counteract the surge of violent crimes
15:21 Police prosecution not only a waste of taxpayer dollars but also demoralizing for the whole community of police officers
18:29 The call for better Police Chief leadership