Former Bears running back Matt Forte goes on a ride-along with Commander William J. Bradley of Chicago’s 006th district in the Auburn Gresham neighborhood. Forte, who near the end of the video encountered a kid and attempted to talk to him and shake his hand. Immediately, another citizen tells the kid that Forte was a cop and to go. The kid left without shaking Forte’s hand.
Telling the kid that he used to play for the Chicago Bears, the kid tells Forte, who spent seven years with the Chicago Bears,….”fuck you cop.”
“The narrative, even to the young kids, is that all police is bad and that’s not the case so we have to find some common ground”, Forte says.
He tells us that he was very impressed with Forte’s effort and it is unfortunate that so many that spread myths and lies against law enforcement do not educate themselves in a similar fashion.
“I have a lot of respect for Matt Forte and while I haven’t spoken to him, I would imagine, like any other citizen that rides with law enforcement, his entire worldview on the topic changed,” Yates told us.
He also said that Forte’s experience is exactly why those that hate the profession will not do the same. “Can you imagine believing a lie and then experiencing the exact opposite? That is why very few, that attack law enforcement, will ever do what Forte did.”
Yates concluded, “We can all learn a lot from Matt Forte. Not everything is what we think. We can always learn more and I applaud Matt for leading by example.”
Travis Yates is the Founder of the Courageous Leadership Institute
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