Crime is Down but Police Deaths are Up – so Who’s Protesting?

On Sunday, NYPD Officer Wenjian Liu was laid to rest. FBI Director James Comey, who spoke at the funeral service representing the Obama administration, said that he was shocked and bewildered at the high number of police officers murdered in 2014.

Perhaps, “shocked” is not the right word. The number may be shockingly high, but given the poisoned atmosphere, maybe not so bewildering.

In the wake of the Ferguson, Missouri case, coupled with the Eric Garner case, we have seen shocking irresponsibility from a lot of people. First and foremost is the New Black Panther Party led by Malik Zulu Shabazz, a former Howard University law student, who went to Ferguson and led chants of, “What do we want?” (Response: “Darren Wilson”) “How do we want him?” (Response: “Dead.”)

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Then there was Al Sharpton, hardly rested from his efforts to convict George Zimmerman in Florida. He also went to Ferguson and stoked the fires. In addition, there was the Congressional Black Caucus weighing in with their judgment. All in all, it mattered little that a grand jury heard the testimony, saw the evidence, and made the only reasonable decision-not to indict Officer Darren Wilson. The evidence indicated that Wilson truly acted in self defense. Another riot ensued and Wilson today has resigned and is living in hiding.

rafael ramos and wenjian liuThen came the Garner case and a similar decision by a New York grand jury not to indict. The calls for blood reached a crescendo. The leftist mayor of New York, Bill de Blasio, literally threw his own officers under the bus with his public utterances. Sharpton led a protest and told the crowd as did virtually all of his invited speakers, “No justice-no peace”. Subsequently, Officers Liu and Rafael Ramos were shot dead by a man who made it clear his act was in revenge for Michael Brown and Eric Garner.

Even in the face of these two murders, the radical race baiters and their anarchist supporters are not letting up. They promise more protests and threats against cops continue nation-wide.

And if de Blasio thinks the anger of his police force has abated or blown over, he was reminded again Sunday that it hasn’t. During the service for Liu, cops again turned their backs when the mayor spoke.

It is hardly bewildering that American cops are at their highest level of danger in memory. Those who have put them in this position with their irresponsible rhetoric may or may not enjoy freedom of speech, but their words mark them with shame. It should never be forgotten.

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About the author

Gary Fouse

Born 1945 in Los Angeles. Currently employed since 1998 as adjunct teacher at University of California at Irvine Ext. teaching English as a second language.
Education: BS in Police Science and Administration California State University at Los Angeles (1970)
Master of Education at University of Virginia (1993)
Served three years in US Army Military Police Corps at Erlangen, Germany 1966-68.
1970-1973- Criminal Investigator with US Customs
1973-1995 Criminal Investigator with Drug Enforcement Administration. Stationed in Los Angeles, Bangkok, Milan, Italy, Pittsburgh and Office of Training, FBI Academy, Quantico, Va until retirement.
Author of Erlangen-An American's History of a German Town-University Press of America 2005
The Story of Papiamentu-A Study in Slavery and Language, University Press of America, 2002
The Languages of the Former Soviet Republics-Their History and Development, University Press of America, 2000

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