When a Nation mourns, local authorities remain silent on Capitol Attack


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How does a community support its police when they can’t even vocally support their own?

It’s been 72-hours since Officer Brian Sicknick died from injuries suffered during a Pro-Trump Insurrection on the Capitol Building and police across Illinois have remained quiet on the topic. From press releases to social media posts, you can find these agencies active. But they’re talking about things that fit their agenda. The Chicago Bears playing Sunday, recruiting efforts and retirement wishes, to urging you to ‘wear blue’ to support National Law Enforcement Day this past Saturday, all conversations highlighted since.

But urging you to wear blue? When these agencies can’t even support a fallen brother who was killed by a mob?! Why has every local agency remained mum when it comes to aiding the FBI in finding attendees of the Trump rally that lead to the death of one of their own?  

This is a self-incriminating, damning silence, every agency across the nation is guilty of until a statement has been issued.

Hell, STARBUCKS has released a statement on the attacks! But not you?

This is not an attack on police, far from it. But rather a fact that MUST be brought to light, immediately.

When the nation was under siege, nothing was said by OUR local authorities.

Not a statement.

Not a press release.

Not a tweet of concern.

From Bourbonnais to Orland Park, Kankakee to Beecher, Crown Point to Frankfort.  Not even the Illinois State Police, who just days ago promoted a National ‘Bleed Blue’ Blood Drive.

On Sunday, we found but ONE local agency in our immediate area, the Park Forest Police Department, was brave enough to release a hint of a statement asking for help in identifying those who committed the Insurrection:

 “While it may seem unlikely that someone from Park Forest, Illinois would have information regarding the unlawful and despicable actions by rioters at the US Capitol Building yesterday, knowing that we have over 17,000 followers of our social media accounts from across the country and that many of those involved in yesterday’s actions traveled to Washington D.C., we would urge anyone who might recognize someone from the videos and photographs from yesterday’s criminal actions to contact the Federal Bureau of Investigation.”– Park Forest Police Department via Facebook.

This is a complete tone-deaf response that not just Kankakee County has shrugged off, including a local Sheriff who’s been quick with a keyboard when it comes to his political agenda. Just apparently not the ones that concern every single American. Quite the opposite. One local media entity gave credence to a Manteno man who attended the event and was reportedly within 200 yards of the Capitol building when it was under siege.

It’s time for Officers nationwide to let their metaphorical balls drop and aid, not hinder in bringing stability, and trust, back to America, rather than silently aid in its destruction.  

You can’t ask others to ‘bleed blue’ when officers themselves can’t recognize the self-harm they’re quietly causing the nation.

Today I’m asking all law enforcement agencies across the US to stand up and issue a statement on the death of Officer Brian Sicknick. Condemn the violence of this Insurrection in your community and help in bringing criminals to justice.

Do your job.

Shane Saathoff
Shane Saathoffhttp://www.SocialSnowball.com
An active writer for two decades, Shane's focuses on local news and events throughout the area, Shane is an active historian, science nerd, and tech geek. Shane is a native of Bourbonnais, IL, and alumni of Olivet Nazarene University.


  1. Is a public recognition of the officer deaths by local offices really the thing to call out? I’d much rather have them denounce the terrorist act itself and say how it would not be tolerated locally.



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