Time To Send Police Union Liars Packing
September 28, 2016 (Fault Lines) — Todd Walther is the resident spokesliar for the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Fraternal Order of Police. Last week, he got behind a whopper while being interviewed for CNNâ€™s â€śOutfrontâ€ť during protests over the police killing of Keith Lamont Scott. Hereâ€™s the whopper:
This is not Charlotte thatâ€™s out here. These are outside entities that are coming in and causing these problems. These are not protesters, these are criminals.â€ť
Iâ€™m not saying all the people, but weâ€™ve got the instigators that are coming in from the outside. They were coming in on buses from out of state. If you go back and look at some of the arrests that were made last night. I can about say probably 70Â percentÂ of those had out-of-state IDs. Theyâ€™re not coming from Charlotte.
Luckily CNN is staffed by world class journalists of the first water and they quickly jumped on his statements by clarifying that he was getting his data from reading actual police reports.
Thatâ€™s a whopper too; no such thing happened via CNN. In fact the host Erin Burnette tweeted the statement and treated it as fact, thus fueling a false narrative that quickly spread. However, over at the Charlotte Observer, they decided to do a bit of fact checking by actually looking at the reports Walther mentioned and discovered that 79% of the people arrested during the protest lived in Charlotte. When questioned by a reporter from the observer Walther had this to say:
I didnâ€™t quote facts. Itâ€™s speculation. Thatâ€™s all it was.
No. It was another lie. He implied that he had gone back and looked at some of the arrests and that was the basis of his statement. He wasnâ€™t speculating, he was standing on national television and lying.
A police union leader is the voice of the officers they purport to serve. Itâ€™s a disgrace to every officer when they get up and lie because it makes them all look like liars:
This is their voice and that voice is lying.
Cops lie all the time, in reports, on the stand. They also tell the truth too, but the public doesnâ€™t always hear about that. Itâ€™s the out-loud lies of union officials that people hear via the media, and this is definitely a cause for distrust of the police. If rank and file officers are not going to this guy and sayingâ€¦.
What the hell kind of crap was that? Youâ€™re making us all look bad.
â€¦..Then people might get the impression that all the cops approve of what that official is saying. Todd Walther is just the latest guy caught lying, creating a false narrative, hiding the truth or otherwise tossing a wrench into reform efforts or any sort of attempt to show that they have some respect for the people they serve.
Sometimes we get lucky and one of these folks shoots himself in the foot, like former Seattle Police Officers Guild President Ron Smith, who tweeted himself out of a job earlier this year. Or they can get themselves in hot water by â€śmessinâ€™ with football,â€ť as Cleveland Police Patrolmenâ€™s Association President Steve Loomis found out in July of this year.
These are few and far between, and if the guy is replaced by someone just as bad, it has no long term benefit. Lies like those told by Todd Walther are dangerous and destructive.
If a union head is caught blatantly lying in public, responsible officers need to send them packing.