It doesn’t get much worst then this display of outright bias and discrimination by a police chief towards a segment of the American population for simply thinking differently.
Even more distressing and perhaps worrisome for Republicans living in Southern California is this individual’s open hostility towards conservatives — which may prove dangerous, in that any altercation with this lawman can result in being fined, jailed or perhaps even assaulted simply because he loathes what you believe.
The proof regarding this police chief’s flagrant bitterness was evident during a scheduled charity event planned in honor of a fallen police officer, killed in the line of duty in 2018.
Ventura County Sgt. Ron Helus was gun down during a firefight along with 13 other individuals killed and another dozen wounded at a country music bar in Southern California, by a deranged 28-year-old who open-fired inside the Borderline Bar and Grill in Thousand Oaks.
The senseless tragedy that we’ve come to witness all too often brought the grieving community together, with a proposed charity event planned in honor of Officer Helus.
The charity dubbed “The Blue Bowl” was intended to raise money for the family of fallen Ventura police officers.
However, Thousand Oaks Police Chief Tim Hagel reportedly withdrew his police department from honoring Sgt. Helus, because Trump supporters would be speaking at the event.
Mike Randall, vice president of the Fallen Officers Foundation, said, according to FOX 11, that he spoke to Police Chief Tim Hagel regarding is abrupt pull out stating, “He basically said over and over in the conversation, ‘This is not Trump country, that slogan ‘Make America Great’ is not favorable, popular, within 1,200 square miles,’ that we don’t want Republicans here.”
Adding, “’The only thing,’ and I quote, ‘the only thing you could have done to make this worse Mike, was to invite Dick Cheney and Sarah Huckabee Sanders.”
A bemused Randall responded, “Wow, are you kidding me?”
The dignitaries scheduled to attend the event included both Democrats and Republicans, with Governor Newsom’s public safety liaison, along with actor/activist and Trump supporter Scott Baio, who attended Helus’ church, and Trump-supporting singer Joy Villa.
Randall also acknowledged that Democratic Assemblywoman Jacqui Irwin was also peeved that her former opponent had also been invited.
However, the biggest let-down was yet to come, when Hagel allowed his uncontrollable bias towards those with different political views, to mare the event in which family members had gathered in celebration of Sgt. Ron Helus’ life.
Moreover giving Randall an ultimatum that he either gets rid of the Republican speakers, or he’ll pull out of the event.
“He goes, ‘Yeah, this ain’t gonna work for us,’ I said, ‘You’re not gonna support this with the honor guard?’ And he goes, ‘No, we’re not bringing the honor guard. We’re not coming. We’re not going to be there, not supporting it’,” said Randall.
The Ventura County Sheriff’s Department issued a statement, saying:
“The ‘Blue Bowl’ event was represented as a charitable flag football tournament to raise funds for the family of Sergeant Ron Helus, an event that would honor Ron’s memory and provide support to his wife Karen and son Jordan. As the event began to materialize, we became concerned with the behavior of some of the organizers of the event. Although I believe the organizers had good intentions, the event was moving in a direction we no longer felt comfortable supporting.”
Singer Villa called the chief’s response “disgusting.”
“This is not OK. This is prejudice, hello?” she said. “You’re shutting down an event because of the way conservatives think because I support the President? This is disgusting, I’m appalled, and in all my years being an out conservative, I’ve never seen something so despicable like this.”
Sadly if you’re an open conservative and worst yet a Trump supporter, you’ve no doubt experienced your own Police Chief Hagel’s…however as stated in my opening remarks this guy is a lawman with certain privileges that could directly impact (if you’re in Southern California), you’re emotional as well as your physical well-being.