Dear Mr. Tarantino,

Your references last week to police officers as "murderers" during a protest in Times Square were, in the opinion of many, reckless, irresponsible and dangerous. It is the feeling of many members of law enforcement and most law-abiding citizens that your comments fueled hatred against police officers and made them more likely targets for assault and, even, murder.

As you are aware, over the past 11 months alone the NYPD has lost four officers to criminal gunfire. Police officers Liu and Ramos were murdered sitting in their marked department vehicle on December 20, 2014. Brian Moore was murdered by a career criminal in May of this year and died of his injuries two days later. And, most recently, Police Officer Randolph Holder was murdered by a known gang member only days before your visit and comments.

Condemning hard-working men and women who face danger daily on behalf of the public decreases their effectiveness in protecting the communities they are sworn to protect. We ask you to see and decide for yourself if police officers care about the race, ethnicity, religion, or sexual orientation of the victims or criminals when responding to a call for help. Join us in the longstanding Police Ride- Along Program. See for yourself what it is like to conduct a car stop or enter a pitch dark building in pursuit of an armed robber and attempted murderer; learn first-hand what police officers experience every day; get to know these officers as human beings - mothers, fathers, aunts, uncles, sons and daughters. Oh, and by the way, we deliver babies as well. Then maybe we can have a public dialogue about your experience.

Life and death decisions that often have to be made in the blink of an eye are a part of a police officers’ daily life. It is a responsibility police officers take very seriously. No officer considers the taking of a human life a trivial matter. But policing is a two-way street.

We look forward to working with you to help you understand the dangers of law enforcement; the other side of the coin.

Best regards,
Patrick J. Brosnan and John J. Cardillo

Patrick Brosnan, a former NYPD Detective, is CEO of Brosnan Risk Consultants, an investigative and security firm headquartered in Midtown Manhattan

John J. Cardillo, a former NYPD Police Officer, is a host on WJNO Radio in Palm Beach, Fla.

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