Progressive Leader Calls Police Chief and Police Officers Murderers
At last Wednesday’s city commission meeting – during the time allocated for public speakers – Delilah Pierre took the opportunity to address elected officials with a 3-mintue commentary which contained objectional language and comments referring to Police Chief Lawrence Revell and TPD officers as murderers.
Pierre said of Police Chief Revell, “we know this man is a homophobe a transphobe and a killer cop who helped murder that 19-year-old boy in 1996, disgusting no basic accountability.” Pierre continued, “every single day…. there are people in the city who are cops who have murdered people. Murdered people and they face no accountability and they’re probably on the same ads and posters you use to talk about police accountability, they’re probably hugging kids, killer cops in our damn City.”
Pierre closed with “there is a storm coming.”
You can watch the video of the Pierre’s comments here: https://www.facebook.com/TallahasseeReports/videos/411806301067920
Pierre is listed as a field director of the Tallahassee Community Action Committee, a progressive group that made headlines during the summer of 2020. The group’s mission states, “We recognize that we live under a capitalist system fueled by imperialism and white supremacy that upholds itself via systemic oppression. We are dedicated to fighting this system in order to improve the lives and material conditions of all who suffer underneath it.”
The group, on their website and in public comments, refer to the three Tallahassee police officers, who have been involved in unfortunate shooting incidents in the line of duty, as murderers. All three of the incidents did not rise to the level of an indictment after a grand jury review.
Pierre’s comments could be dismissed as the words of a frustrated community organizer, however, the comments appear to have the support of some local leaders.
For example, when City Commissioner Jeremy Matlow was asked on The Steve Stewart Show if referring to a cleared police officer as a murderer was extreme, Matlow said, “I don’t agree. No.”
In addition, Pierre’s attack of the Tallahassee Police Department is consistent with past comments and actions by Commissioners Jack Porter and Jeremy Matlow.
For example, both Porter and Matlow have viewed police department actions as “militarized.” And more recently, Matlow and Porter have implied that TPD officials knowingly sought training from a “war criminal.” The implication has no basis in fact. However, the rhetoric has inflamed members of the community and provided ammunition for people like Ms. Pierre, who mischaracterized the training incident in her comments.
This rhetoric has been reinforced with headlines published in the local political blog “Our Tallahassee.” A factually incorrect headline – “Trainer Accused of War Crimes Hired to Train Tallahassee Police Department” has been left on the website for almost two months. The publisher of the blog has significant ties with Por ter, Matlow and the progressive movement.
TR’s discussion with police officers and TPD officials indicate that the demonizing of law enforcement is having an impact on the public safety. They say that the rhetoric and lack of support from Matlow and Porter makes it difficult to engage in community policing and impacts the morale of police officers.
“When elected officials do not support us, it is difficult to engage with the public and to conduct activities that will keep our community safe”, said one officer. “And it’s only going to get worse.”
When asked about the comments by Pierre, Mayor Dailey said, “I 100% support TPD and their goal to keep our community safe. It is important that all city commissioners support law enforcement.”
These attacks on the TPD come at a time when violent crime is on the rise and elected officials are deciding how to address gun violence with $5 million over the next five years. Adding more police officers has not been part of the recent discussion.