As an officer lies stranded in the backyard of a nearby residence, mortally wounded by a domestic violence suspect, an equally sad side of society was on display.
The video is disturbing. On many levels. Sadly, it’s not just the sounds of rapid gunfire coming from a domestic violence suspect that will disturb you. The comments made by angry bystanders toward the responding police officers are enough to invoke a range of emotions.
Posted on Twitter by Matthew Keys, a digital editor for Comstock Magazine, officers can be seen attempting to establish a safe perimeter by putting up crime scene tape.
The hecklers can be heard making comments like, “Y’all not fitting to shape no narrative today.”
Not to be outdone, another despicable woman can be heard saying, “Whatever officer [is] gettin’ shot need to be!”
As the video continues you can hear gunshots in the background.
Tragically, Officer Tara O’Sullivan, 26, was shot and killed during the incident, who was reported to only have been with the Sacramento Police Department for 18 months.
***WARNING: The video below contains language that could be disturbing to some viewers. Please use discretion.***
— Matthew Keys (@MatthewKeysLive) June 20, 2019
It’s clear there are issues in our society, sadly, if we are being honest, there will always be “issues”.
There will always be room for improvement, mistakes will be made by police officers, and people, including police officers, will demand accountability.
What is most disturbing is the fact the officers in this video are simply trying to keep people safe and protect them from gunfire. Gunfire the officers likely knew was coming from someone who shot a police officer and wasn’t going down without a fight.
“Bullets have no names,” they say. Yet these people felt it necessary to heckle officers as they secured the scene, solely intending to protect the very people that were heckling them, from harm.
All while their colleague was stranded in a nearby backyard, dying.
They say police officers are the enemy. The media portrays them that way because it makes them money. The more angry people are, the more they have stories like this one to share.
This is what they – the media – want. Division. Anger. Death. Sadly, it’s working. You can hear it for yourself while watching the video.
A real tragedy.
Multiple tragedies really.
First and foremost, it’s a tragedy we lost a young 26 year-old hero. Even in today’s climate, she CHOSE to be a police officer.
The other tragedy is there are people out there so warped and angry, they hate police officers blindly, even as they worked to protect them from an armed lunatic.
Beyond ridiculous and sad, but it’s our reality today. A good look at what police officers deal with on a daily basis.
Rest In Peace Officer O’Sullivan.
Gone, but never forgotten.
The Officer Next Door