Daily Archives: March 13, 2015

When Thugs Become Martyrs And Cops Are Vilified

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Let me tell you this. That is the helmet of the 32 year old police officer who was shot in the cheek at a protest over the Michael Brown incident. Michael Brown was a thug, a criminal, and a goon. It really is as simple as that. Police Officer Darren Wilson, the officer who’s encounter with him has become infamous, was just another police officer doing his job. Had Officer Wilson not defended himself in the matter in which he did, he very well could have end up shot, just like the officer who’s helmet is pictured about. What has erupted in the wake of the encounter between Michael Brown and Officer Wilson is nothing short of sheer lunacy because the actions of Officer Wilson were completely justified. In fact, Eric Holder’s Department of Justice’s investigation of Officer Wilson concluded:

“Witness accounts suggesting that Brown was standing still with his hands raised in an unambiguous signal of surrender when Wilson shot Brown are inconsistent with the physical evidence, are otherwise not credible because of internal inconsistencies, or are not credible because of inconsistencies with other credible evidence. In contrast, Wilson’s account of Brown’s actions, if true, would establish that the shootings were not objectively unreasonable under the relevant Constitutional standards governing an officer’s use of deadly force. Multiple credible witnesses corroborate virtually every material aspect of Wilson’s account and are consistent with the physical evidence.”

So, what in God’s name are people protesting about in Michael Brown’s name? The problem is thugs are being held up as martyrs, and police officers are being painted as maniacal assassins, out to kill African Americans without cause. I am not here to debate whether or not African Americans are profiled and unjustly targeted for persecution by police. Whether or not that is the case, and I strongly believe it is not, it really is irrelevant in the Michael Brown case. Michael Brown was not unjustly targeted for slaying by the police, he attacked a police officer. For that reason, and that reason alone, he was shot and subsequently killed. What were the actions of the two police officers that were shot in the early morning of March 12, 2015? They were protecting the public and simply doing their jobs, yet according to protesters, Michael Brown is the hero and the police have become the villains.

Immediately following the shooting of the two officers, a voice can be heard saying, “Acknowledgement nine months ago would’ve kept that from happenin’!” Acknowledgment of what? What is this person saying? Criminals are to be given free reign to do as they please? Police should allow them do whatever they wish, including assaulting police? If the sentiment expressed in that moment of horror was unique to the animal who said, it wouldn’t be so scary, but it’s not! That sentiment was just one single protester, but it seems to echo the thoughts of everyone there. What is wrong with people? How can they be so ignorant, so callous, so imperceptive? It boggles my mind just thinking about it!

Then I think back to the actions of President Obama and his Attorney General Eric Holder, and I can understand why people are protesting: they feel justified. Prior to the release of the DOJ’s investigation, President Obama was quick to speak of the death of Michael Brown, calling it “heartbreaking”. Those were his words regarding a man who savagely attacked a police officer. Where were his words of support for Officer Wilson? Officer Wilson who sustained injuries at the hands of Michael Brown. Officer Wilson who was put into the horrific position of deciding whether or not to take another human being’s life. What about Officer Wilson Mr President? Nothing, not a word of support for the police officer. When you fail to support Officer Wilson Mr President, you fail to support the men and women all across the country who put on their uniforms each and every day to protect and to  serve the nation, and those very protesters.

Attorney General Holder was likewise quick to call for action. In his statement he said, “The shooting incident in Ferguson, Missouri this weekend deserves a fulsome review.” Well Mr Holder, you’ve conducted your “fulsome review”, and what were the results? Officer Wilson’s actions and subsequent shooting of Michael Brown were all justified. Where is your show of support for him? There is none. Not only do you fail to vindicate Officer Wilson, you state the Department of Justice is prepared’ to dismantle Ferguson Police Dept. if ‘necessary’. Well, let me just say that I agree with the NY Post’s assessment that said report is BOGUS!

Most police officers don’t consider themselves heroes, they just want to do their jobs. They just want to enforce the laws that society has entrusted them to uphold. Those two officers shot the other morning, and the thousands of police officers throughout this country, are not the enemy. The enemy are those people who assault, shoot and assassinate police officers. Those who encourage such behavior are not decent human beings either. No decent human being would condone such egregious behavior. There have been calls for police to “stop policing African American communities” and to “let African Americans police themselves since they hate police so much”. Such statements are just as nonsensical as the notion that African Americans are targeted for assassinations by police. There are millions of good, law abiding African Americans in the United States, who deserve the same protection as everyone else, and denying them that protection is out of order. We have to start holding INDIVIDUALS ACCOUNTABLE FOR THEIR ACTIONS, and stop blaming everyone else, especially the police, for the results of ruthless, lawless behavior. The people protesting in the name of Michael Brown really should find a better martyr. But hey, I’m just a cop.

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