“‘War on cops’ more myth than menace,” by Clarence Page of the Chicago Tribune. Published on November 8, 2015.
The time has come for me to move to my third pundit, Clarence Page. In his latest post, Page states that the “war on cops” is not taking place, even though many political figures claim that it is. To prove this, Page features powerful logos by reminding the reader of the recent “staged-suicide” of Lt. Joe Gliniewicz in Fox Lake, Illinois. Because this death was formerly believed to have been caused by assailants, many conservative figures began pinning the “Black Lives Matter” activist group, claiming that they are responsible for all of the increased violence against law enforcement. However, the logos arrives when Page announces that Gliniewicz has a now unhidden history that undermines the comments of politicians,
“Lake County officials now say that G.I. Joe committed a “carefully staged suicide” to look like murder — and perhaps to cover up his theft of thousands of dollars from the Police Department’s youth auxiliary program, which he then spent on such things as porn websites, mortgage payments and gym memberships.”
Instead of using this evidence to completely throw public figures ‘under the bus,’ Page proposes a question that everyone, regardless of their position on this issue, can think on, “Can we Americans allow ourselves to hold bad cops accountable without losing our respect for the heroic work that most police officers do?” To answer this question, Page specializes on logos and ethos by referencing a black Chicago police sergeant, Chris Taliaferro, who still believes in the general practices of law enforcement, which include “stop-and-frisk” situations, that is, as long as they have a logical reason for them. In addition, Taliaferro supports the usage of video footage of crime scenarios, because, as he states, “Truth can be told by way of video.”