I am told that in his day, Gerard Dessoye was a great police officer. I believe this. I am told that he was very smart and I can tell he has a nice manner about him (when he isn't trying to pin charges on me). Nobody can take that away from him.
However it appears a really nasty disease has gotten in the way. Probably half of the arrests made are against people with this disease. There is no imaginary line where the disease stops. It can happen to anyone. The problem is when you are police chief or mayor you are insulated by your position and all the of suckholes that want favors from you. Trust me... you are expendable. They could care less about your health.
I am really getting tired of cops and others of saying "Everyone knows he's a drunk" and do nothing. Gerard - please know this is what is being said behind your back. But please take comfort in knowing that all alcoholics have this said about them before they get help. You are definitely not alone.
It amazes me that the police arrest addicts and alcoholics every day and won't confront the fact that when a mirror is raised to them. But political expediency takes over. If someone can gain an inch... they will take it even if it means those who are sick may soon go under. People are selfish in this way.
Apparently there was a retirement party for Dessoye on Wednesday night - at a bar of course. Celebrating and drinking with an alcoholic may be one the dirtiest feelings in the world. It's like faking you are happy after being told you have cancer.
I hope Dessoye takes a good look at who showed up last night. These are the folks he won't see visiting him in rehab. These are the sycophants.
I doubt Father Ryan would make the trek. Shame on all who takes this man close and closer to the grave. As completely awkward as it sounds - I have tried to reach out to him. I at least tried. And I have risked looking foolish in the process . Oh well.
Remember - it is embarrassing for everyone in the very beginning.
Getting better is way more courageous than anything you have done as a police officer. It's time. You too Leighton.
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