Recently the headlines have been filled with allegations that the Pittsburgh Bureau of Police is corrupt. Yet men and women throughout the city do their best to ignore those generalized allegations. They put on their bulletproof vests, load their firearms, button up their uniforms and kiss their children and spouses goodbye on their way out the door to do what they have done for years ... protect us.
In their wallets are no debit cards or charge cards issued by a credit union other than perhaps their own.
Most pack their lunches. They are not thinking about receptions, hotel rooms or dinners. They are thinking about doing their tour of duty, protecting us and protecting each other.
They are the Bureau of Police.
The federal authorities will follow the evidence wherever it may lead and if there are those that need to account, they shall. The rank and file, however, deserve our respect. They have earned it ... sometimes with their blood.
MARK A. RUSH
The writer is a former federal prosecutor.