I sat down to write this on Sunday afternoon. As of that time we all knew about the two NYPD Officers – 40-year-old Rafael Ramos and 32-year-old Wenjian Liu — who were assassinated by 28-year-old Ishmaaiyl Abdullah Brinsley on Saturday in Brooklyn New York.
I haven’t heard any statement from President Barack Obama nor Attorney General Eric Holder. Will the Attorney General visit the families? Officer Liu was just married two months ago. Will the Obama administration dispatch three envoys to their funerals? Based on the words and actions of the NYPD Union Chief, it doesn’t seem New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio will be welcomed — especially after the treatment he received at the hospital on Saturday night before his press conference.
I’ve been listening to the punditry trying to assess blame or culpability for this heinous action. But let’s be very clear, Brinsley had a long rap sheet — a history of arrests in Georgia for robbery, disorderly conduct and carrying a concealed weapon — and he made the decision to horrifically murder the two officers.
It was his decision to drive up from Baltimore to New York to kill those men. However, there can be no debate about the fact that the rhetoric of elected officials and those who permitted a mob mentality to develop based on not assigning responsibility to Michael Brown and Eric Garner — and participating in the promulgation of false narratives about both — are complicit.
Today I didn’t see or hear about any pro football players taking the field with any symbols. I’ll be watching to see how many Brooklyn Nets players will don t-shirts supporting the two officers who were killed.
I’ve seen the twitter posts from Brandeis University student, Khadijah Lynch, which you can read here — I won’t repeat her vile statements. I’ve read comments stating the “cops deserved to die” and that there will be more of these attacks. At least Lynch had the decency to resign her post.
What has become of our culture in America? We dismiss criminal behavior and assault those who provide us with the enforcement of the rule of law and protect a civilized society. At every possible turn when President Obama, Eric Holder, and Mayor de Blasio could have stood with the rule of law and our judicial they decided not to do so — but worse, they covertly provided aid, comfort and support to the mobocracy that took to the streets.
Mind you, I fully support the right to protest and the rights of free speech, assembly and expression — but shouting “What do we want? Dead cops. When do we want it? Now” is akin to shouting fire in a crowded theater.
Here are the facts of the murders, as reported by Fox News, “The gunman who ambushed and murdered two NYPD officers as they sat in their squad car Saturday afternoon in Brooklyn vowed to kill police in a number of social media posts that vowed retaliation for the deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner, authorities said. Ismaaiyl Brinsley, 28, wrote on his Instagram account: “I’m putting wings on pigs today. They take 1 of ours, let’s take 2 of theirs,” (and by the way, we reported here Louis Farrakhan speaking in Maryland using the same verbiage) — hours before the killings, two city officials with direct knowledge of the case confirmed for The Associated Press. He used the hashtags Shootthepolice RIPErivGardner (sic) RIPMikeBrown. The post also included an image of a silver handgun and the message, “This may be my final post.” Police said Brinsley, who was black, approached the passenger window of a marked police car at approximately 2:45 p.m. local time and opened fire, striking Officers Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu in the head. The officers — one Hispanic, one Asian — were on special patrol doing crime reduction work in the Bedford-Stuyvesant section of Brooklyn.”
So, will the mainstream media take up this cause? Will there be marches supporting the police? I truly doubt anyone will be burning down any neighborhood businesses.
And by the way, there was also a police shooting here in Florida near Tampa – but you probably haven’t heard much about that either. Also reported by Fox News, “A police officer was shot and killed in Tarpon Springs, Fla., early Sunday, police say. The Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement that the shooting occurred at around 3 a.m. in the Tampa Bay-area city and that a suspect has been taken into custody. The officer was identified as Charles Kondek, 45, a 17-year veteran who previously worked for the New York Police Department, MyFoxTampaBay.com reported. Kondek leaves behind five children, the report said. Authorities say the suspect fled the scene of the shooting in a vehicle and crashed into a pole and another vehicle. He was then apprehended by police at that location.”
As we’ve mentioned previously, there’s been a 71 percent increase in gun violence against law enforcement officers from last year. I guess that factoid matters little to those who are intent on the dissemination of their politicized ideological message.
Perhaps these shootings could have been avoided except that the radical progressive socialist left realized they should never let a good crisis go to waste. The hypocrisy is clear, and the silence of the lambs on the left towards the guard dogs is deafening. They say nothing when an Army combat officer — 1LT Clint Lorance — receives a 20-year sentence for killing the enemy, as a result of the Army hiding evidence. Yet they celebrate a deserter — Bowe Bergdahl — and hide him while deliberating how to reward him with $350,000 in back pay. A young black man can rob a store, assault a storeowner, assault a police officer attempting to take his weapon, and then charge that officer — and the officer is the villain.
Now we have a targeted and deliberate assassination of law enforcement officers — and no comment from the nation’s top law enforcement officer, the US Attorney General. What message does that send? I guess it’s similar to that of Ms Lynch at Brandeis University.
Well, I stand with the men and women of the Thin Blue Line. There are bad cops just like there are bad soldiers but one thing is for certain — there would be a whole lot more bad actors if not for our police officers. There are some gifts under the Christmas tree that will not be opened. There are kids who will not be able to look into their dad’s eyes with bright smiles and happiness — the person to carve the ham or turkey will be missing.
Consider these words from Officer Ramos’ 13-year-old son, and ask yourself, with whom do you stand?