As we focus on the spectacle of NFL players raising their fists and refusing to stand while the National Anthem is being played, we argue on the merits of protest, while forgetting what’s truly happening on the streets.
We wake this morning to an awful reminder.
Overnight in Philadelphia, a man ambushed police officers, killed a civilian and wounded six people in total before he himself was killed.
6ABC reports, Seven people were shot [the gunman included], including two police officers, after an ambush-style attack that led to a fatal shootout in West Philadelphia. A civilian and the gunman are dead.
It all started around 11:20 p.m. Friday on the 5200 block of Sansom Street.
Police say Sgt. Sylvia Young, a 19-year veteran with the Philadelphia Police Department, was sitting in her patrol car when she was ambushed by the suspect.
She was shot eight times, mostly in the left arm. Police say her bullet-proof vest protected her during the assault.
The suspect fled on foot, and police gave chase.
Police say the suspect then fired shots into Maximum Level Lounge, located on the 5100 block of Sansom Street, striking a security guard in the leg.
The suspect reportedly used a woman as a human shield to protect himself from officers. He then shot her in the leg.
The suspect then fled to 48th and Walnut, police say, where he fired shots into a white vehicle.
Two occupants, a man and a woman, were hit in the chest.
The victims were taken to the hospital where the woman was later pronounced dead. The man remains in critical condition.
The chase continued and culminated with a shootout between the suspect and police.
A University of Pennsylvania police officer, identified as 56-year-old Eddie Miller, was was hit in the leg and buttocks.
The suspect was shot and killed.
In a press conference, Commissioner Richard Ross said police found a note at the scene stating the suspect hated cops and probation officers.
Police say officers will be riding two to a car until further notice.
And spoiled NFL divas will continue make a stink during the National Anthem because they’re “oppressed.”
[Note: This article was written by Michele Hickford]