Monday, May 11, 2015
Last Friday, NYPD Officer Brian Moore (posthumously promoted to Detective) was laid to rest following his senseless murder. Thousands of peace officers and dignitaries attended his funeral - none of whom were from the White House or Department of Justice.
Rather, new DOJ head Loretta Lynch chose the sad day to announce that she was launching a full investigation of the Baltimore police department in the wake of Freddie Gray's death, searching (and no doubt hoping) for "a pattern or practice of violations of the Constitution or of federal law."
The following day, two policemen were gunned down in cold blood in Mississippi following a routine traffic stop. Benjamin Deen, 34, a former "Officer of the Year," and his rookie partner Liquori Tate, 25, died of wounds allegedly inflicted by suspects (now in custody) with a history of felony convictions and gun charges.
There is currently an ugly and invidious narrative from the Left, from the White House down, which paints law officers as a threat to our national well-being and the cause of growing social disorder. It is implied, when not stated outright, that there is a police culture of rampant racism - even when the police officers themselves are non-white.
We're told that the police "need to evolve" and require "sensitivity training." We're told that the reason young black thugs are running wild and burning buildings in Baltimore is because insufficient federal funds have been spent to civilize them, and that the inspirational father figures who could have provided strong moral guidance were cruelly taken away by the same prison system which, somehow, couldn't contain the frequently convicted alleged killers of Officers Deen and Tate.
The narrative is that even when the police are shown to be right (as in the shooting death of Michael Brown), the real problem is a "lack of trust" between minority communities and the police. A "lack of trust" fomented by the likes of Barack Obama when he refers to the Ferguson police as oppressors. A "lack of trust" that gets officers killed.
There can be no better time to reflect on all of this than National Police Week, when we solemnly remember the many who have died in the line of duty to keep us safe.
Hope n' Change thanks all of those who serve in uniform for the public good. And we stand in awe of their professionalism and dedication - continuing to do their exceptionally difficult and dangerous jobs when under attack not just from felons, but from opportunistic race hustlers and politicians whose ultimate goal is social discord rather than public safety.