Re April 15 article Veteran cop granted bond in U.S. drug-running case: Being a real cop isn’t something you do, it’s something you are. So we take it personally when we lose a fellow cop and when we are unfairly tainted. When a cop does wrong, as we know, cop bashers will use it to attempt to tarnish the profession. The bad acts of an individual cop do not and should not represent the profession any more than the bad acts of a civilian criminal should define their race or ethnicity. Serving and protecting comes at a high price. Each year about 60,000 assaults on cops occur resulting in about 16,000 injuries. On average this past decade, 160 cops died yearly in the line of duty just doing their jobs. Yes, the 160 may make the news but the 16,000 and 60,000 do not.
The truth is that 99 percent of cops do their jobs every day around the clock without incident or fanfare, protecting and serving while upholding the Constitution. My heroes are these nameless and faceless cops all over South Florida who do their jobs and risk dying for the community for just wearing a badge.
Fellow cops, keep your heads held high and stay safe. As for my family and me, we appreciate what you do, respect your sacrifices and you are in our prayers.
Charles E. Nanney, major, Miami-Dade Police Department, Pembroke Pines