BREAKING NEWS: There has been a rash of violent protests and riots by New York City police officers. All across the country, there are police stations on fire and squad cars being destroyed. Police are taking to the streets claiming “police lives matter.” The New York National Guard has been called up by the Governor but the Guard is refusing to comply with the deployment order. Police have taken to the streets and are targeting gang-infested neighborhoods — they mean to take out their anger.
Of course, this has not and will never happen. When our men and women of the Thin Blue Line have one of their own attacked, there are no protests for them. No political activists come running to their support. There is no news coverage for the funerals and no interviews of their families blasted all over the media airwaves. No, they just do as the “Guard Dogs “always do, mourn for their loss, and continue to stand the line against the wolves. All this happens as the sheep continue making their incessant noise and only want to be herded to the next green pasture — feeling entitled and deserving of the safety and security while filling their bellies with grass.
Instead, this is what happens…
As reported by Fox News, “A man who served five years in prison for attempted murder was arraigned Sunday on charges that he shot a New York City police officer in the head. Demetrius Blackwell was ordered held without bail after appearing in court in a torn jumpsuit with his hands cuffed behind his back and legs shackled. He was arrested Saturday night and charged with attempted murder in the shooting of Officer Brian Moore. At the arraignment, the 35-year-old suspect did not enter a plea. He is due back in court Friday. Officials said Moore was shot on a Queens street after he and his patrol partner — both in plainclothes in an unmarked police car — pulled up to a man adjusting his waistband in a suspicious way, police Commissioner William Bratton said. The officers ordered Blackwell to stop and exchanged words with him, but prosecutors say he turned suddenly and fired at least twice, striking Moore. His partner, Officer Erik Jansen, was not hit and radioed for help.”
I am certain New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio will call for an investigation on the torn prison jumpsuit. And he will probably want an answer as to whether or not Officer Brian Moore was violating the cessation of the “stop and frisk” program. Regardless, I offer condolences to his family — but where is the public outrage? Let us not forget the two NYPD Officers, Ramos and Liu, who were gunned down by a violent criminal from Baltimore after the rising call against our police officers. But my question is how does a person convicted of attempted murder get released after just five years? Is this what Hillary Clinton was speaking of when she spoke of reducing mass incarcerations last week in her speech at the David Dinkins leadership institute of Columbia University?
At some point in time, we’re going to need to value the lives of our law enforcement officers far more than we do at this current time. If there are bad police officers, we should deal with them through the legal system and not via misconceived political activism. Here we have a convicted cop killer like this Mumia character and there are those trying to celebrate him like some popular culture icon — to including making him a graduation speaker. Funny, Condoleeza Rice or Ayaan Hirsi Ali don’t qualify in the eyes of the progressive socialist left — wonder how many Constitutional Conservatives were asked to be college commencement speakers this season?
Lest I digress, “police lives matter” and you know what else? “Black violence matters.” Saturday evening when I appeared on “Justice with Judge Jeanine” on Fox, some fella named Jay went before my segment and had the audacity to refer to those who looted and burned down Baltimore as the new “revolutionaries” — to me they are just common criminals, thugs, arsonists. Even Mr. Shabazz who heads up the New Black Panther Party hailed and praised those young people who took to the streets last week in heroic fashion. And the State’s Attorney, Ms. Mosby, stated that she is seeking justice for Baltimore’s youth. No ma’am, justice should be sought out for the people, period.
And speaking of justice, here are the words from Mr. Blackwell’s attorney, “Police arrested Blackwell near the crime scene on the block where he lives, officials said. Blackwell’s court-appointed lawyer said after the arraignment that his client was arrested at a house near the shooting site without a warrant and that “the arrest may be illegal.”
Now, where are the throngs of protesters who will take to the streets for Officer Moore as he struggles for his life? Perhaps the same folks who took to the streets and threw a party over the charging of the six police officers in Baltimore will throw a shindig over the issue of the warrant. I suppose we can expect Rev. Al Sharpton to fly back up to NYC and rally the faithful for Blackwell.
Fox writes the criminal history of Blackwell: “According to state corrections records, Blackwell was convicted in 2001 on an attempted murder charge. Details on the case were not immediately available, but records show he pointed a handgun at someone and demanded property, then fired shots at a car. He served the full five years of his sentence, and then returned to prison for violating parole in 2007. He was rereleased in 2008. According to the New York Post, Blackwell has a record of 10 arrests, including five on charges of robbery, criminal possession of a weapon and grand larceny.”
Sure, I suppose we can just blame the system for what Blackwell became. But let me think, at 35 years of age, I was a Major in the US Army attending the Command and General Staff Officers College at Ft. Leavenworth. It was 1996 and I had just returned from a one-year assignment in the US 2d Infantry Division in Korea and our daughter Aubrey was three and Austen was born that year. Angela had completed her PhD and was the first black professor in the College of Business at Kansas State. And that year I would earn my first Master’s degree from Kansas State.
I grew up in an inner city.
There is no excuse for Demetrius Blackwell. He is no victim. The legal system and truth will come out in Baltimore — as it did in Ferguson, and as it shall in North Charleston. Lives matter, and for Demetrius Blackwell it seems that has never been the case.