Is Government to Blame for the Shooting of Cops?

By Eric G Braun, Senior Writer, USRW


(This is the second part of a series examining the current state of unrest between Police Officers and those who blame them for the current state of the relationship between them and society.)

When I wrote part one of this article, it was the morning after a Police Officer was shot and killed in Tacoma, Washington, and I asked when does it stop. Sadly, now 2 Georgia police officers were shot and killed--a best friend backing up his life long buddy.

In the first article, we talked about leadership, and how the Obama Administration has blood on its hands for its failure to respond firmly to the epidemic. Instead the Obama White House and the Department of Justice, sympathized with those who are anti law enforcement and created a platform for those who protest, riot, and disrespect Police Officers.

Somewhere in the past eight years we made a very wrong turn as a society.

Those sympathetic sentiments encouraged a Baltimore Mayor and Prosecutor, both whom are African American, to not only sympathize with lawless rioters who were burning down the city, but to prosecute the police officers involved in the Freddie Gray death in the press before the matter even went to a grand jury.

Obama has given groups like “Black Lives Matter” legitimacy. “Data shows that black folks are more vulnerable to these kinds of incidents,” Obama said. He condemned critics of the Black Lives Matter movement who often dismiss their protests as “political correctness.”

“This isn’t a matter of us comparing the value of lives. This is recognizing that there’s a particular burden that is being placed on a group of our fellow citizens and we should care about that,” he said. “We can’t dismiss it.”

I’m not suggesting that the Black Lives Matter Movement is not without legitimate concern on race relations, however, their cause was hijacked by the Al Sharptons of the world; whatever good dialogue they could have brought to the table is dismissed because of who they let themselves become. After the Freddie Gray incident, Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake stated "It's a very delicate balancing act, because while we try to make sure that they were protected from the cars and the other things that were going on, we also gave those who wished to destroy space to do that as well, and we work very hard to keep that balance and to put ourselves in the best position to de-escalate."

Its statements like that, which send the wrong message to those in the streets. It gives them a sense of false motivation and justification to act out.  Giving those who want to destroy the place a chance to act out is incredibly stupid, especially coupled with a prosecutor who tried the case when the rioters were full scale, and demonized police as the villains as they tried to protect a city from burning.

Not to mention that every one of those Officers in that shooting were either found not guilty or did not make it to trial because the prosecution so badly mishandled the case. It was not a racially bound jury that found those Officers not guilty, it was a judge. No emotions, empathy, or pity, just the facts, which didn’t add up to a conviction.

What was Obama’s answer? He took away military grade equipment from Police Departments, stating  “We’ve seen how militarized gear can sometimes give people a feeling like there’s an occupying force, as opposed to a force that’s part of the community that’s protecting them and serving them. It can alienate and intimidate residents, and send the wrong message. So, we’re going to prohibit some equipment made for the battlefield that is not appropriate for local police departments,” 

Again, the message gives the wrong impression and emboldens those who are anti- law and order. You can’t take away the tools needed to keep law and order. If you don’t want to see military grade vehicles on the streets, then don’t riot and burn your town down in the name of “protest”

This past election was also a rejection of what was, in hopes that someone new will restore Law and Order.

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