Shreveport, Louisiana, Police Chief Willie Shaw had some harsh words for the “naysayers” spewing negativity about America’s law enforcement officers.
After last Wednesday’s murder of Shreveport police officer Thomas LaValley, Shaw, a 26-year veteran officer, said, “this has happened before and unfortunately it will happen again.”
“The men and women in law enforcement, today, granted all of the negativism that goes on associated with naysayers—we stand in the way of harm, all the time,” Shaw said. “Without reservation we get in harms way. We separate the good from the bad, without the notion of somebody having to pat us on the back and tell us ‘thank you.’ We do it becuase it is something bigger than us. We do it because we were called to do this.”
Shaw’s comments come after a weekend of peaceful protest and violence in Ferguson, Missouri, after the one-year anniversary of the death of Michael Brown. At least 144 arrests were made Monday after a night of police-involved firefights that left one suspect in critical condition.
“Day in and day out,” Chief Shaw said, “without reservation we still do this. With all of the hoopla one way or another, we still do it. When you have a fine young officer like this, who gives his life, in sacrifice of others, to protect people, it’s not in vain… We will not shut down because of this. We will still protect those people that need protecting.”
The Shreveport Public Information Office has yet to respond to a request for comment from Breitbart News.