Anti-Police Rhetoric Leads to Rise In Violent Crime

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“For every action there is an equal and opposite reaction.” ~ Newton’s Third Law of Motion

 

What is it with cops in South Carolina?

They already have one indicted for the murder of a fleeing suspect, and now we are treated to the sight of a resource officer (school cop) flipping a girl out of her desk and wrestling her to the ground. Granted, there are reports of a separate video from another angle showing that the officer was reacting after the girl hit the officer in the face with her fist (and she’s not a small girl), but this type of video is tailor-made to feed into the anti-cop rhetoric being stoked by the likes of Obama and his race-baiting, anti-cop compatriots.

And it may not be equal, but America is seeing there is certainly an opposite reaction to the demonization of law enforcement by the Obama administration and leaders of the major American cities which have been run by liberal Democrats for decades. And that reaction is a deadly one.

Frequently referred to as the “Ferguson effect” in reference to the riots in Ferguson, Missouri, following the shooting death of a black man, Michael Brown, by a white police officer following a strong-arm robbery, it is the hesitancy of police officers to engage with those possibly engaged in criminal activity, lest they get blame for any resulting violence and face the end of their career, or even prosecution. Police officers are reporting being surrounded by black youths as they get out of their patrol vehicles, recording them even as they taunt them.

While correlation is not causation, it is hard to ignore the fact that, following the sensationalized coverage of the deaths of several black men while in police custody (Brown, Freddie Gray of Baltimore, Eric Garner of New York, all of whom had criminal records), and the subsequent drop-off in police engagement in high-crime neighborhoods, there has been a drastic spike in violent crime across the nation. In Chicago homicides are up 19% for the year. In Washington, D.C., homicides are up 44%, up 62% in Milwaukee, and up 73% in Nashville. Other major cities have seen similar spikes.

According to F.B.I. Director James Comey, addressing a group of police chiefs recently, “Some part of what is going on is likely a chill wind that has blown through law enforcement over the last year. That wind is made up of a whole series of viral videos and the public outcry that followed them.” He then asked rhetorically, “In today’s YouTube world, are officers reluctant to get out of their cars and do the work that reduces violent crime?”

These statements earned him a rebuke from the Obama White House, which adamantly disagreed with Comey’s conclusions, even as Obama is freeing thousands of felons and pushing for an end to mandatory sentencing laws. That reaction is not entirely unexpected, considering an acknowledgment of this reality would lay a measure of responsibility at the feet of the administration, and Obama himself, as both have played a role in stoking the anti-police sentiment that has deepened mistrust among many in urban, minority communities.

Even the language and behavior used by Obama and the media (i.e., referring to Brown as an “unarmed black man” while minimizing the brutality of his attack on the police officer) in discussing the issue establishes a presumption of guilt for law enforcement from the outset. The Obama administration sent three White House representatives each to the funerals of Michael Brown and Freddie Gray. Gray was a career criminal with dozens of arrests. By contrast, Obama has not sent a single White House representative to attend the funerals of any of the police officers assassinated in cold blood while in the line of duty in recent months, giving the clear impression that he sides with the criminal element of society, rather than with law enforcement.

Now, that is not to say the police are always in the right. They are not. They are human and make mistakes, and sometimes go beyond the boundaries of reasonable force while in the course of their duties. Other times their actions are criminal, as in the case of North Charleston, South Carolina police officer Michael Slager, charged with murder for the death of Walter Scott, a black man pulled over for a traffic violation and then shot in the back as he fled.

Obama has repeatedly proclaimed his sympathy for those who distrust law enforcement, and validated their distrust. He has rhetorically and philosophically aligned himself with the anti-law enforcement Black Lives Matter movement, and exploited that association for political gain, even as leaders of that movement openly call for the deaths of as many cops as possible. Obama, having expressed sympathy with the movement, was utterly silent when Black Lives Matter activists in St. Paul, Minnesota, marched behind a group of police officers at the Minnesota State Fair, chanting “Pigs in a blanket, fry ‘em like bacon”, a reference to killing cops.

As anti-police sentiment and hostility continues to rise in these communities, the FBI recently issued a warning of an anarchist plot to kill police officers on Halloween. The purpose of the “Halloween Revolt” is to create a public disturbance in order to attract police, and then attack them with bricks, bottles, and guns. This is premeditated murder.

When they exceed the bounds of their authority, the police should be held accountable. Yet each and every day thousands of men and women across this nation put on their uniforms, their utility belts, and their shields, and police our neighborhoods. In doing so they put their lives on the line in order to protect us from petty criminals, from thieves, robbers, rapists and murderers. And they do it for an annual salary roughly one-tenth of what Obama gets paid to sit in the gated, guarded White House and spew his self-righteous, anti-cop venom. They deserve our respect, not our contempt.


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