Thursday, November 05, 2015
BLUE LIVES MATTER TOO
On the night of Oct. 20, shots were heard in the area of East Harlem. Cops responded. A suspect was confronted by officers. He had a gun. He fired, they fired. Randolph Holder, 33, died from a bullet in the head.
The shooting resulted in the death of a black man. Only, this black man was a five-year veteran of NYPD. Indeed, a black life who mattered.
Four cops have been murdered in just one police department – NYPD – in the last 11 months. Two were virtually ambushed. Thirteen others have been ambushed around the nation.
Four days after Randolph Holder was killed, “Black Lives Matter” anarchists took to the streets to protest all police officers. Ten months ago, a mob in New York chanted in streets, “What do we want? Dead Cops!” Those same hated cops made sure the streets were secured and marchers were protected. In April of 2015, Baltimore anarchists burned the city and destroyed property posing as “protesters.”
Where is this country going?
Cops – our protectors – were ordered to stand down as rocks and torches were hurled at them, sending dozens to the hospital. It seemed they were ordered there to be ridiculed.
Does the history matter that some of those career cops in New York, Baltimore and Ferguson had been given medals of valor for saving the lives of men, women and children when called to dire situations? Does it matter that these same cops risked their lives over and over, being dispatched to hundreds of calls to quell violence and/or protect innocent people from others?
Meanwhile, anarchists parade, scream, demean and promote hatred. And our leaders, including some mayors, politicians and even the White House do or say nothing to bring peace and truth to America.
The lightning rod cases cited by anarchists – Michael Brown in Ferguson; Eric Garner in Staten Island; Freddie Gray in Baltimore – each have a common thread: crime and thuggery.
Michael Brown strong-arm robbed a store and then attacked a cop in his car, trying to wrestle his gun away. The Attorney General determined the shooting was justified.
Career criminal Eric Garner baited police while a friend shot videos. He deliberately resisted arrest. Without weapons, they used minimal force needed to take down the 350 pound behemoth. No one knew that Garner suffered from serious asthma.
Freddie Gray had a long history of criminal activity. He suffered injuries in the police van, and we still don’t know how or why. Nevertheless, six cops were charged; three black.
Most puzzling is how some well-meaning people are so easily swayed to believe the propaganda. With goodness in their hearts, they stand up for minorities and no matter the evidence, they fall lock-step with protest programs without questioning validity. The fallout portends a dangerous future for law abiding people in our cities.
FBI Director, James Comey, recently spoke out in opposition to the president’s mantra. He said cops have told him they constantly feel taunted by youths with cell phones.
“In today’s YouTube world,” Comey said, “officers are reluctant to get out of their car.” He cited a renewed spike in violent crime, adding, “I do have a strong sense that some part of the explanation is a chill wind blowing through American law enforcement over the last year. And that wind is surely changing behavior.”
Of course, bad cops should be weeded out. So should bad politicians.
The constant denigration of police by “Black Lives Matter,” and the validation provided by media, is destined to spawn divisiveness, anarchy and hatred. All that will embolden more crime and give cause for average cops to tacitly withdraw in deference to protecting their own families and their futures. It’s getting personal.
Blue lives matter too.
About The Author: Marshall Frank is a 30-Year Retired Captain of Police, Miami-Dade,
and also the author of a dozen books, including 'Militant Islam In America' - reb