A retired cop’s comment he made on twitter regarding the recent shooting at Fort Lauderdale–Hollywood International Airport has sparked a debate in the internet community.
Rob O’Donnell, a retired NYPD detective often makes tweets, most of his messages are supportive of police officers.
After the Fort Lauderdale–Hollywood International Airport airport shooting, O’Donnell posted an image to his Twitter account showing a police officer standing outside the airport while scared people lie face-down in the grass around him.
O’Donnell wrote this title with the image he uploaded “Ft Lauderdale: I see black/white/latino/male/female/child/adult all with one thing in common. A Police Officer risking it all to protect them,”
The majority of people responding to O’Donnell’s tweet expressed support for his message.
Like, New York State Senator Fred Akshar tweeted: “This picture sums up how incredibly selfless our first responders are throughout our State and our Nation.”
But others were quick to dismiss the photo’s significance, stating that the officer was merely doing his job and does not deserve any special attention.
“Would you like to give [the officer] a medal because he was completing the most fundamental purpose of his job? Lol,” one Twitter user wrote.
“Also I see a wall which protects them as well,” tweeted another, referring to the shallow barrier separating the sidewalk from what appears to be a parking garage.
In response, O’Donnell brought up the case of Officer Darren Wilson, who resigned in 2014 after he shot and killed Michael Brown, a black teenager, in Ferguson, Missouri.
“For all of those commenting ‘it’s his job’ on my Ft Lauderdale tweet, just remember: Officer Darren Wilson was ‘doing his job’ as well,” he wrote.
O’Donnell then explained why he believes it’s bad to minimize an officer’s actions by saying he or she is simply doing their job.
“No department policy ever states to open yourself to imminent physical danger, but Law Enforcement all over this country do [hundreds] of times daily,” he said. “Look at Dallas, we were being protested and once the shots rang targeting us, the police, we shielded and protected all lives.”