Thursday night, Rodney Lee Wilson, a Kansas cop decided he was so mad about the murder of five police officers in Texas that he was going to….pick a random black woman in Dallas and threaten her daughter’s life? It sounds like a joke with a bad punchline but this is exactly what seems to have happened:
The post appeared to come from an officer’s personal Facebook page and seemed to reference the Black Lives Matter movement. The comment appears to have been posted after the killing of police officers there Thursday night.
It read: “We’ll see how much her life matters soon. Better be careful leaving your info open where she can be found 🙂 Hold her close tonight it’ll be the last time.”
The woman, LaNaydra Williams, having absolutely no idea who Wilson was or why he would leave such a menacing message on a total stranger’s Facebook page, contacted the Overland Police Department. Clearly Wilson didn’t take his own advice about leaving his info open. The department opened an investigation Friday morning and by Friday evening, they found that the message was legitimate. The investigation was closed and that was the end of that.
Oh, and Rodney Lee Wilson no longer had a job. And there’s a criminal investigation underway now, too.
Even wit hthe headline giving it away, admit it, you’re surprised, aren’t you? I know I was! But why? This is EXACTLY how a police department should handle this kind of thing. They found someone who should not be allowed, under any circumstances, to hold a badge and a gun and they got rid of him.
After announcing that the officer had been fired, Donchez said he would hold members of the department accountable for their actions on and off duty.
“I want to assure our community, and those outside our community, that our highest priority is the safety and welfare of the citizens of Overland Park, and the men and women who protect everyone,” Donchez said.
“Finally, I want to publicly apologize to those affected by our officer’s personal actions. His actions do not represent the Overland Park Police Department in any way and no one should be subjected to any type of discrimination or this kind of behavior.”
A lot of people believe that the bad PR from this kind of thing is bad for the department but how do you think the black community in Overland feels right now? Do you think they feel less safe that there was a cop like this on the force or more safe that the department didn’t hesitate to purge him from their ranks? I’m not black but I can’t imagine this wouldn’t put a little spring in their step. After all the news about the police closing ranks to defend even the worst kind of cops, it has to be a refreshing change of pace to see the police act responsibly and without equivocation.
If more police departments treated the “bad apples” in their ranks like this, American law enforcement would be VERY different in a very short amount of time. Actions have consequences, even for cops and it’s wonderful to see the police putting the public ahead of their reputations.
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