PoliceOne Staff Report
(CINCINNATI) -- The lack of support by city officials for an officer shot by a shoplifter is symptomatic of their regard for all police, the officer says.
Officer Tim Pappas told the Associated Press yesterday that he has not received any cards or phone calls from public officials since he was shot on Nov. 8.
"If they could care less about me, they could care less about any officer on this division," Pappas told the AP. "It's a tragic event. Why not just a thank you, a 'Thanks for putting your butt on the line?'"
Jeffery Irons shot Pappas with his own gun while the two struggled during an arrest, according to the AP. Another officer shot and killed Irons.
Irons, who was black, was shot one day after another suspect, Roger Owensby, also a black man, was suffocated to death while in police custody.
The two police-involved deaths prompted protests and accusations of racial profiling by black leaders and members of the city council.
Councilman Paul Booth told the AP that he was distracted by the protests and forgot to call Pappas.
Mayor Charlie Luken said that the number he had been given to contact Pappas was incorrect and that the Fraternal Order of Police refused to give him the correct one because it was too long after the shooting, according to the AP.
Pappas has returned to work, but still wears a bandage on his hand where he was shot.