The political cartoon depicts Derek Chauvin. Chauvin was charged with second-degree murder, third-degree murder, and second-degree manslaughter. The Richardson police do not have that man in their ranks. No honorable police officer anywhere should take offense at a cartoon condemning the actions of that man. You know where I'm going with this. Richardson Police Officers' Association FOP Lodge 105 takes offense.
To say that we are disappointed in this material provided to students in Wylie ISD would be a massive understatement. Many of our members children attend school in Wylie ISD. How shocking it must have been for them to see their parent compared to a slave owner or KKK member! Thank you to National FOP VP Joe Gamaldi for getting involved in this matter.
I don't know the context of the use of this political cartoon in Wylie ISD. The Richardson Police Officers' Association FOP Lodge 105 doesn't tell us. It seems the context is not the crux of what set off the Richardson FOP. It's the cartoon itself. I'll limit my comments to that. This cartoon doesn't compare anyone's parent to a slave owner or a KKK member, unless Derek Chauvin has children himself. Again, the figure in the cartoon is one man, Derek Chauvin. The pose is straight out of a news photo.
Derek Chauvin's method of arrest led to a suspect's death. This cartoon's criticism of Derek Chauvin is tough, but fair. Derek Chauvin is not representative of all police officers. They should be protecting the public from bad people like Derek Chauvin, not shielding him from cartoon criticism. Attacking a cartoonist instead of the bad cop is not a good look. It suggests that FOP Lodge 105 is incapable of standing apart from a bad cop. Instead, they should condemn Derek Chauvin's actions (again) and impress on the community that similar behavior won't tolerated by Richardson police officers.
Update 8/22/2020: Apparently, the class assignment included this slide: