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Email to police union: 'The only good cop is a dead cop'

Sgt. Dan Hils, FOP President (FOX19 NOWfile) Sgt. Dan Hils, FOP President (FOX19 NOWfile)
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CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) -

Fraternal Order of Police President Sgt. Dan Hils said he gave investigators a disturbing email he received on the FOP website that declares "The only good cop is a dead cop."

The author of the email also writes that he or she celebrates the death of Officer Sonny Kim, the last Cincinnati police officer killed in the line of duty.

"Thank God one less cop on the streets and in a bag. I hope you and all your brothers come home in a bag soon, as well. The only good cop is a dead cop," the email states.

It also makes reference to the gunman who last year ambushed and fired on a group of police officers in Dallas,Texas, killing five and injuring 9.

His released the email Monday on social media.

"Below is the text from an e-mail sent to me on the FOP website. I will not give the name, e-mail address or the phone number given with the text. I can not be confident that the contact information is valid, but I am certain the feelings are sincere. So now we know that there are people among us that feel this way," Hils wrote on Support the Blue in Cincy Facebook page.

The email comes after comments Hils made last week in an impromptu press conference outside University of Cincinnati Medical Center.

Two Cincinnati police officers had just been rushed inside for treatment after becoming sick on the job from what a police spokesman described as an unknown substance.

Hils said investigators suspected it was the deadly fentanyl or carfentanil.

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The officers were treated and released, but the incident prompted Hils to call attention to the ongoing heroin crisis posing increasing risk for law enforcement who already face deadly dangers.

Hils accused politicians of not doing enough to quell the epidemic. He called them out, accusing them of failing to set aside concerns about heir political careers to make hard decisions that are likely to be unpopular with voters to address it by spending more money for more jail space, where addicts would be required to undergo treatment

"Your opinion on the media that we need more jail cells is not only ludicrous and outrageous, but you should have your badge removed for suggesting it," the email states.

"We have one of the highest incarceration rates in the world, and one of the lowest populations per area. And your solution is to imprison and jail everyone? Make everyone a criminal? Exactly how much money are we to waste on minor offenders locking them up over and over again?

"Personally, my opinion is we need less trigger happy cops murdering good decent citizens for no reason.

"You should all sit in your cop shop and eat donuts and wash your cars until we call and need you. Until then, you are useless, worthless, and a waste of resources and have no purpose other than to harass and persecute otherwise law abiding people.

"I celebrate the death of Sonny Kim. Thank God one less cop on the streets and in a bag. I hope you and all your brothers come home in a bag soon, as well. The only good cop is a dead cop.

"Your statements as president of the FOP indicate just how much is it the people against you. Can't imagine why people Micah Johnson a dozen of you ---holes at one time.

"No, this is not a threat, because I'm not Micah Johnson. I will simply sit by and continue to cheer every time I hear a cop gets shipped home dead to their family. So go ahead, keep spouting your bull----anti-citizen tirade and then wonder why normal citizens and residents f--king hate you all."

Hils said he felt it was important to release the email to expose the very real and very negative attitudes law enforcement encounter as they protect and serve communities.

"We in the police family and we in the community that is civilized need to know that there are people that have that mentality, just so we can be aware and respectful of the people who choose to do this job," Hils tells FOX19 NOW.

The post has been shared more than 100 times and generated more than 225 comments as of Tuesday morning.

"Keyboard coward warrior," wrote one officer.

"Speaking as a "normal citizen and resident" I want it to be known that I fully support Dan Hils and all of our Police Officers," reads one of the many posts supporting law enforcement.

"I also support more jails and locking up heroin users and dealers. And I can say with certainty that there is nothing normal about the writer of the above message to Dan. Wishing death to Police Officers is evil-plain and simple.

"I have a feeling that one day the person who wrote this message is going to need those Officers he wished dead, and they will do their best to serve and protect him, because that is what our Police Officers do."

 The widow of a Cincinnati police officer killed in the line of duty nearly 20 years ago described the email as "unbelievable."

"Makes me physically sick to know that some people feel this way. I think you should share his/her name. I know I would have some words to share with the keyboard coward," wrote Linda Pope.

Her husband, Officer Dan Pope, was fatally shot alongside Specialist Ron Jeter in December 1997.

"Isn't it funny how the internet has empowered evil? Hope he/she never needs police help...Although you would all go to their aid regardless of the fact they want you dead," she wrote.

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