Jaden Ramos, the son of NYPD police officer Rafael Ramos executed on Saturday, along with his partner Wenjian Liu by Ismaaiyl Abdullah Brinsley, posted this on his Facebook page:
Everybody says they hate cops but they are the ones they call for help. I will always love you and never forget you. RIP Dad.
Jaden’s heartbreaking observation is a perfect counter to the anti-cop rhetoric we’ve been hearing for decades. Radical leftist groups and their leaders routinely mainstream distrust and hatred of police into the national consciousness. Even a 13-year old feels it.
The Left’s ‘bad cop’ meme is nothing new.
What’s relatively new is libertarian, right-wing and high profile so-called conservative voices jumping on the ‘militarized, out-of -control police’ bandwagon for the past year, adding fuel to the fire. If the murder of Jaden’s father means the police are under siege, as suggested by Fox News on Sunday, then we need to hold all parties accountable.
Here’s Glenn Beck from August 22:
I agree with Eric Holder about as often as I exercise, which is to say pretty much never….Despite our many differences, I believe we must begin to look for common ground. Today we don’t have to look any further than Ferguson to find it. Eric Holder was there this week, he met with citizens and explained to them that he understood, first hand, why black people distrust the police. Holder talked about his personal experience of getting pulled over many times, he contends, because of the color of his skin.
Given the history, it’s very understandable for the black community to have a deep seeded mistrust of police. I would argue that more white people, who have no deep history of being abused by police, are beginning to lose some of the blind trust they once had. But that’s not where we will find common ground.
Here’s where I believe we can stand together: stop the militarization of our police force….Police need to be aware of this distrust that exists and continually work to earn it back.
When disconnected talking heads like Beck say “stop the militarization of our police force” I want to scream. He is chomping on the Left’s chum. The police are not the problem in the inner city, folks. Cops are working every day to keep law-abiding blacks safe, thugs from killing each other and innocent toddlers, robbing stores and bringing their brand of terrorism to Beck’s high class neighborhood. Beck has no idea what he is talking about.
Does he live in the inner city? Does he work on a daily basis with police officers and street thugs, baby mamas and messed up kids?
The Michael Brown shooting and Ferguson riots had Senator Rand Paul feeling sorry for poor, innocent black people serving time in prison. I guess Paul was referring to murderers like Ismaaiyl Brinsley who was arrested 19 times before he drove to New York City on Saturday and shot his prey.
The outrage in Ferguson is understandable—though there is never an excuse for rioting or looting. There is a legitimate role for the police to keep the peace, but there should be a difference between a police response and a military response.
The images and scenes we continue to see in Ferguson resemble war more than traditional police action. If I had been told to get out of the street as a teenager, there would have been a distinct possibility that I might have smarted off. But, I wouldn’t have expected to be shot.
Anyone who thinks that race does not still, even if inadvertently, skew the application of criminal justice in this country is just not paying close enough attention. Our prisons are full of black and brown men and women who are serving inappropriately long and harsh sentences for non-violent mistakes in their youth.
According to Paul, prisons are full of black men and women because the feds have been supplying local police agencies with military style equipment, which by the way, has been going on for a long time. Pandering to blacks after Ferguson, Paul sides with Obama. During his tenure, the President has criticized local police as “acting stupidly” and suggested repeatedly that blacks do not trust cops.
In August, a writer at RedState didn’t want to discuss the fact that Michael Brown robbed a store and resisted arrest before being shot. Or that militarization of police has nothing to do with Brown’s death or the burning and looting that followed.
Along with the license to kill, comes the support of the police unions and district attorneys who must stand for election and know the opposition of law enforcement officers will make their political life Hobbesian, solitary, poor, nasty, brutish, and short.
To use a recent example, if you or I had gunned down an unarmed man on a street at high noon how long would it be before you were identified as a suspect… which by the way is how the officer in Ferguson should be treated? I’m guessing nanoseconds would be the answer and how long before the police started leaking their suspicions as facts? Again nanoseconds. The officer in Ferguson was only identified after six days and then begrudgingly.
Interesting to note this particular author just penned a piece on the dead cops in New York City. He still acknowledges that “out of control law enforcement is more of a danger to our civil liberties than any guy who robs a convenience store.” But he chastises politicians like De Blasio and race-baiters like Sharpton who “whip up outrage for political purposes and use policemen and policewomen as the target of two minutes of hate.” Like he’s not whipping up something of his own by conflating Michael Brown’s actions with the militarization of police?
Libertarian Radley Balko suggests “Kill the police” chant just an isolated incident.
Then there’s Radley Balko, formerly of the Cato Institute and author of The Rise of the Warrior Cop published in July, 2013. Writing for the Washington Post after the Ferguson riots Balko, like the others, puts the onus on police.
The events these last few days in Ferguson, Missouri ought to be of grave concern to anyone who believes in the First Amendment, and specifically the rights to free speech, protest, and assembly…Police also tear-gassed a news crew from Al-Jazeera. There are also reports, video, and images of police teargassing, arresting, and otherwise intimidating peaceful protests all over the town.
While it’s true that there have been incidents of rioting, looting, and violence directed at police, the initial protests against Michael Brown’s killing were peaceful.* The only hint of violence at the first protest was described by an Associated Press reporter, who reported chants of “kill the police”… The problem lies in how local police responded to that initial protest. They brought out the full riot arsenal.
We then have an incident that represents all of these problems in a very concentrated form — an unarmed black man was killed by a (reportedly) white police officer who had stopped him as he was walking home.
With libertarians like Balko, who needs leftists? I wonder if Brinsley misheard the chants of “kill the police” when he decided to exact revenge on two innocent officers sitting in their car? How bizarre that these bleeding heart liberal/libertarian/faux conservative personalities, writers and politicians can hold police accountable every which way from Sunday, but make martyrs out of the thugs and their so-called grieving parents.
Whether intentional or not, they are taking the bait and encouraging the Left’s war on local police departments.