Police abuse should not be tolerated but the #BlueLivesMatter hashtag refers to an undeniable reality.
Not all conservatives or libertarians support the #BlueLivesMatter narrative, but what happened in Kissimmee does provide some evidence for it. A “marine veteran” (see below) has been arrested for gunning down two cops, killing one. The other is expected to die soon from his wounds.
Identifying the perp as “a marine veteran” is part of the U.S media’s practice of never identifying a suspect’s race if he is black. The photo shows it but it goes unmentioned in print. A white shooting a minority is a different story.
In this case, the police officers didn’t “profile” the man. Rather, he took them by surprise.
The Orlando Sentinel reports, “Suspect arrested in shooting death of Kissimmee officer; ‘not much hope’ for 2nd shot cop.”
A Marine veteran has been arrested in Friday’s shooting death of a Kissimmee Police officer, and there is “not much hope” a second officer he’s accused of shooting will survive, Kissimmee Police Chief Jeff O’Dell said this morning.
Police arrested 45-year-old Everett Glenn Miller Saturday morning on charges of first-degree murder, resisting arrest and carrying a concealed weapon, according to the Osceola County Jail.
Officer Matthew Baxter was killed and Sgt. Richard “Sam” Howard was shot and is in grave condition, O’Dell said. The uniformed officers were investigating three suspicious people in the area of Palmway and Cypress streets about 9:30 p.m. Five minutes later, dispatchers received the first call reporting the officers had been shot.
Note that both officers were fathers.
In case you’re wondering how a man could shoot two armed cops wearing body armor, here’s the bodycam footage from a cop who survived such an encounter. In this case the office had been called about a man trying to rob others. When he pursued the noncompliant suspect, as you will see, he offered repeated warnings and only drew his taser to stop him.
I’m all for a national conversation about police, but one that acknowledges the risks they face.
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