I haven’t seen the “evidence” against Mr. Bryngelson in his ongoing social justice trial. I’ve only heard how whatever he said/wrote has been interpreted by the woke mayor and woke channel seven.
The questions an objective mind would ask are:
“If one strips away the hyperbole from the retired officer’s comments, are his assertions true?”Advertisement
“Is he right in his message and wrong in his delivery?”
“What parts of his comments are opinion formed through his lens from experiences /observations over his long career as a proactive officer and supervisor, versus what is supported more objectively through DOJ offender/victim reporting?”
The First Amendment is intended to protect unpopular speech. The First Amendment of (most) officers is in essence suspended during one’s career. For many it is like holding your breath for thirty years.
Bryngelson retired and said what he wanted to say under an alias on video and behind a pen-name in writings. In doing so, he protected himself and the agency from attack. It seems he kept a firewall between his off-duty and on-duty worlds.
“Has there been any vetting of truth in what the retired captain claims?”
The rules of evidence in a social justice trial are stacked against the accused who is presumed guilty. This is to be expected in Marxist-Maoist Cultural Revolutions such as the one underway in this country.
BPD promoted Bryngelson three times. His now public views are not a retroactive indictment of the culture of BPD. In an agency as Woke and big on social promotion and virtue signaling as BPD, these promotions do not happen to a straight, white male if there is any concern (perceived or real) over a lack of professionalism or pushback on the prevailing social justice narrative.
Rumors, let alone sustained complaints, would have tanked Bryngelson’s career, not advanced it. Obviously, nothing surfaced when he served in that fishbowl, walk-on-eggshell, PC environment. They wouldn’t make a known heretic more visible by promoting him. They would have made an example of him by canning him and then cashed in for a spike in their social credit score from channel seven, BSU radio, and the civil rights wing of the DOJ.
If any complaint (sustained or not) of the nature before us now had been made on Bryngelson, while he served, he would have been made an example of what is not tolerated. In fact, for far less the city would have pounced on him with glee over the smallest politically incorrect comment during his career.
Given the smallest amount of evidence the city would not have passed on the powerful optics of such a sacrifice as the blond-haired Bryngelson on the altar of Marxism. Publicly Sacrificing him during his career would have been far more productive to BPD and the Mayor’s cultural revolution than promoting this crime fighter based on his competence and professionalism alone, as they did three times.
This “investigation” is nothing but virtue signaling at the expense of taxpayers. Move on.
This Op-Ed was submitted by Doug Traubel. Op-Eds do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of those at the Idaho Dispatch.
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