MDPD Officer Who Made Viral Facebook Video
MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Veteran Miami-Dade Police Officer Lydia Marquez said it was an innocent question from her 4-year-old son that convinced her to make a Facebook video that has been seen and shared tens of thousands of times since she posted it on Thursday. She said her son asked her why she was going to work.
Her response, “Because Mommy cares. Mommy cares.”
She used that video as a platform to describe why she’s an officer, how race doesn’t matter to officers and the dangers many officers feel exist today that didn’t exist before.
“When I received my badge, I swore an oath,” she said in the video. “I swore that I would protect and serve all people – not blacks, not whites. Not all that. The oath is colorblind.”
Marquez’s words are one more element of a struggle that is occurring nationally, where many communities appear at odds with police as some citizens believe police officers are unfairly treating minorities while officers are feeling threatened and targeted.
Marquez says the targeting of officers nationwide like the shooting death of Harris County Deputy Darren Goforth in Houston and the shooting death of Illinois police officer Lt. Joe Gliniewicz leave her and other officers fearing for their safety more than ever.
“When I kiss my children in the morning before I go to work and tell them I love them I don’t know if I’ll be coming back at the end of the day, I don’t know especially nowadays,” she said. “It’s hard. It’s really hard.”
Friday afternoon CBS4 News met the woman behind the Facebook post.
“I spoke for those of us who couldn’t and I’m proud of that,” she said. “Thank you so much for everyone’s support. It’s been phenomenal.”
Marquez said it took her days and lots of courage to say what she did but she realized that even if other officers couldn’t speak their minds, she had to.
Her comments came just hours before someone smashed a window in a Miami-Dade Police car outside the officer’s home in Miami Springs.
Earlier this year, someone torched two South Florida police cars in front of their homes and someone shot up two other police cars.
“The fact that we’re targeted – because we are being targeted – you don’t go ‘eeny, meeny, miny, moe’ and pick the police car to break into it,” she said. “The stress we already deal with is large and with everything that’s happening it has grown so luck that I’m amazed how most of us officers are coming to work.”
She believes there is a segment of the population that sees police officers as the enemy but she said that won’t change what she does.
“I can’t quit on everybody and that alone gives me more strength,” she said.
Ultimately, she hopes the community realizes it’s not police working against citizens but instead working with them.
“We’re here to help you,” she said. “We’re here to protect you. We’re here for you. And people forgot that. And I want to remind them.”
"As you can see I am a police officer." With those words 20 year Miami Dade Police Officer Lydia Marquez became an internet sensation thanks to her impassioned defense of police officer. "When I received my badge, I swore an oath. I swore that I would protect and serve all people -- not blacks, not whites. Not all that. The oath is colorblind” says Marquez. Marquez says the targeting of officers nationwide like the shooting death of Harris County deputy Darren Goforth in Houston and the shooting death of Illinois police officer Lt. Joe Gliniewicz leave her and other officers fearing for their safety more than ever. "When I kiss my children in the morning before I go to work and tell them I love them I don't know if i'll be coming back at the end of the day, I don't know especially nowadays. It's hard. It's really hard. Thank you so much for everyone's support. It's been phenomenal" says Marquez. “I spoke for those of us who couldn't and I'm proud of that“ says Marquez. Marquez said it took her days and lots of courage to say what she did. But she realized that even if other officers couldn't speak their minds… had to. And her comments came just hours before someone smashed a window in a Miami Dade Police car outside the officer’s home in Miami Springs. Earlier this year someone torched two south Florida police cars in front of their homes and someone shot up two other police cars. The fact that we're targeted; because we are being targeted, you don't go eeny, meeny miny, moe and pick the police car to break into it. The stress we already deal with is large and with everything that's happening it has grown so much that I'm amazed how most of us officers are coming to work. She believes there is a segment of the population that sees police officers as the enemy but that won't change what she does. “I can't quit on everybody and that alone gives me more strength” she says. Ultimately she hopes the community realizes it's not police working against citizens but instead working with them. "We're here to help you. We're here to protect you. We're here for you. And people forgot that. And I want to remind them."
I need to set something straight. I am NOT a Saint. As you know I have been with Miami Dade Police Department for 20 years. NO, I HAVEN'T BEEN SITTING BEHIND A DESK MY WHOLE CAREER. When I graduated from the academy I was trained by my Field Training Officers the old school ways. In other words, either you sink or swim. I swam like a fish. I've worked the bad areas and the better ones. I've been shot at. I've been in more fights than I care to think about. A few of them, I thank God for all the defensive tactics courses I've taken at our Training Bureau. (OUR TRN COURSES FOR SHOOTING AND DEFENSIVE TACTICS ARE AWESOME.)I destroyed my knee in one of those fights and needed my ACL replaced. I cracked a molar straight down the center after getting clocked. I had to have it surgically removed. I've had my share of crashes. Some my fault but most were not. I drive my marked unit from one end of the district to the other. (I've had surgery on my spine due to 1 of those crashes after I lost feeling in my leg. Thru the years I've had my back injected a couple of times for the pain.) I've been in the Emergency room due to one injury or another a couple of times. I have my good days and not so good days. You try wearing our duty belts for 8, 10, 12 hours a day. The average weight is about 20 lbs give or take a few. Oh, don't forget our Bullet proof vest. Yea... Summer is not my favorite season in the year. Don't forget I live in Florida. Winter is a joke here in Miami. Ever had a heat rash? I've had a few thru the years.
I've been given verbal reprimands and written ones. (crashes, court and violating our rule books.) I give face and accept my reprimands when I know I screwed up. I've saved lives and I've seen people die infront of me. I spoke up after my brothers were killed brutally because I needed too tell you the truth about being a Cop and the sacrifices our families make for us and you. Go ask an officer about those sacrifices. How many family events missed like birthdays and holiday's in order to protect the roads for you. We all have our own stories to tell.
But you ask why "I" do it after the few things I wrote? Maybe it's because in my little world, I want to make it a better place for my children and yours. I adore the people I work with. I love my job and YES I definitely care about people. But I am NOT a Saint. But I am a COP and damn proud of being part of OUR family in Blue.
Jacquie Baly ~ Well I've received quite a few comments on our segment discussing OPEN WARFARE ON LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS. 99.9% have been extremely positive. (And yes I received 1 very nasty message--surprise surprise). But I wanted to share one message that I received from an officer who puts his life on the line each and every day to protect us. At the ending of the day we really need to remember these are good men and women who are working hard to protect us. (And of course after his message is the clip causing the stir.) So here is the message below...Stay blessed folks!
MESSAGE FROM OFFICER--Jacquie, I just wanted to let you know that I saw a small clip of what you mentioned on Holder and Law Enforcement and I want to commend you on it. I have been a police officer for over 20 years and put this badge on hoping that I come home at night. I have been shot at, attacked with knives and even intentionally bitten by a guy with full blown AIDS. I am now more afraid to go out in this uniform than I have ever been. Yes, we get scared. and yes we are all scared now more than ever. Please keep fighting for us and I will continue to fight to make your community a safer place...
A hostess caught sight of Officer Michael Holsworth’s holstered handgun as he waited for his family and asked the decorated officer to leave the restaurant at once, he ranted in a Facebook post Sunday afternoon.
“I never in my wildest thoughts would of thought this would happen in the Kansas City area. I see it happening all over the United States to other officers, but never thought it would of happened to me,” he wrote after leaving the restaurant.
It’s legal to openly carry handguns in Missouri, but the Olive Garden hostess told Holsworth guns were prohibited in the restaurant.
The restaurant’s refusal to serve Holsworth brought on a flurry of outrage spearheaded by the city’s Fraternal Order of Police, which promised to organize protests outside the southeast Kansas City restaurant.
The order’s president, Brad Lemon, and Kansas City Police Chief Darrl Forte came to Holsworth’s defense in public messages aimed at the chain’s national Twitter account.
“Facts are being gathered,” Forte wrote.
It’s not clear why the restaurant franchise took a stance against Holsworth’s gun. Olive Garden insists it was a misunderstanding.
“Law enforcement are always welcome to dine (with) us — we heart serving them and have great relationships,” an Olive Garden spokesman said.
The chain’s president, Dave George, has since called Holsworth to apologize, said Lemon, the order's liaison to Kansas police.
Lemon took a pointed stand against Holsworth’s treatment, demanding respect for all law enforcement officers.
“It's been an incredibly difficult day for our brother, and our entire family. All we ever ask is to be treated fairly and with the same respect to due anyone else. When we are treated poorly because of our chosen occupation, it hurts,” Lemon wrote in another statement to Facebook.
“It's not okay to treat law enforcement poorly. We deserve, and have earned, the same level of respect due to each and every member of society.”
Holsworth declined to speak of Sunday’s ordeal further after his public Facebook post went viral with more than 5,600 shares.
Holsworth earned his department’s Distinguished Service Medal in 2014 for being one of three police officers who shot and killed a burglar linked to a triple homicide, according to city records.
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Female Officer Attacked By Black Motorist – Thrown Down Steep Embankment, Manhunt Underway
A police officer was assaulted and thrown down a steep embankment in Schuylkill County, PA. Officer Melissa Ruch sustained injuries which were not reported to be life-threatening.
A little before 6pm on Friday, the West Penn Police Officer was traveling on Route 309 north when she came upon a disabled or parked vehicle on the side of the road next to the guard rail. She stopped to investigate, and as she did, a black male came around the vehicle, picked officer Ruch up and threw her down the steep embankment.
Ruch’s “officer down alert” was triggered, with units from all over the area converging immediately on the scene. By the time they arrived the assailant had fled in the vehicle but a concentrated effort is underway to locate and apprehend him.
Many area roads have been closed as the search for the assailant continues. Ruch says she was able to tase the perpetrator, evidence which may become useful in a positive identification once he is caught.
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