Twice now, in two weeks, multiple police officers have been gunned down in calculated attacks. The attacks are very similar. A black man holding racists beliefs and motivated by a hatred of the police stalked and killed police officers for no other reason than their occupation.
That his has happened is perhaps not surprising. To many in law enforcement it isn’t even mysterious.
Last week, the executive director of the National Association of Police Officers laid the blame squarely on Obama’s actions:
“I think [the Obama administration] continued appeasements at the federal level with the Department of Justice, their appeasement of violent criminals, their refusal to condemn movements like Black Lives Matter, actively calling for the death of police officers, that type of thing, all the while blaming police for the problems in this country has led directly to the climate that has made Dallas possible.”
Now other law enforcement voices are saying aloud what has been felt for sometime. Yesterday the president of the Cleveland Police Association, Detective Steve Loomis, was on Fox News:
STEVE LOOMIS, PRESIDENT OF CLEVELAND POLICE PATROLMEN’S ASSOCIATION: The president of the Untied States validated a false narrative and the nonsense that Black Lives Matter and the Media are pressing out there to the public — He validated with his very divisive statements And now we see an escalation.
This has got to end.
We need some leadership in this country to come forward and put an end to this.
I don’t care if it’s clergy or who it is but somebody has to step up and put an end to this. It’s false narrative and people politicizing the false narrative that we have a President of the United States and the governor of Minnesota making a statement less than one day after the police involved shootings.
Those police involved shootings are what absolutely has triggered in rash of senseless murders of law enforcement officers across the country. It is reprehensible.
The president has blood on his hands and it will not be able to come washed off…
How the hell did we ever become the bad guys in this country? I can not imagine how we got here. It is the irresponsible reporting of the media and irresponsible statements from people who are credible – like the president, like celebrities.
There is a great degree of self-serving crap in this statement. The “Warrior Cop” mentality that Radley Balko has reported on has migrated from high crime areas to everyday dealings with denizens of suburbia. When this is compounded by a nearly weekly stream of video evidence of egregious police conduct that is rarely, if ever, punished, it is hardly a shock to any sentient being that we have created an environment where, for the first time, US police officers are viewed as something of a capricious, nigh-on-to-rabid, guard dog who is just a likely to beat you or kill you as to protect you. What was missing was the catalyst.
This is where Loomis gets it right.
All that was needed was a catalyst that enabled the shooters in Dallas and Baton Rouge to believe they would receive the plaudits of their communities… a belief that was not entirely misplaced:
The first black Miss Alabama stoked controversy online when she posted a video on social media calling the accused Dallas cop killer a “martyr.”
In the tearful two-minute clip, Kalyn Chapman James confesses that she’s prayed a lot but she doesn’t feel bad for the five police officers who died when sniper Micah Johnson opened fire at a Dallas rally Thursday.
“I don’t feel sad for the officers who lost their lives and I know that’s not really my heart,” the former beauty queen tells the camera.
“I value human life. And I want to feel sad for them but I can’t help but feeling like the shooter was a martyr.”
That catalyst has been Barack Obama.
From the beginning of his administration he has stoked racial tensions as a way of dividing his opponents. He has sent out surrogates to claim that the only reason anyone opposed the truly horrible domestic and foreign agendas of Obama was racism. At the same time he has made the police the whipping boys of his strategy of racial grievance mongering. From the infamous “beer summit” to the patent dishonesty of going along with the “hands up don’t shoot” fictional narrative to the coddling and awarding of quasi-official status to the #BlackLivesMatter bunch, Obama has done everything that he can to demonize police forces.
The fact that people started taking him seriously shouldn’t surprise anyone.