Sorrow shadows our year-end revels....
Saturday's horrific assassination of two NYPD officers was a sadly predictable result of four months of orchestrated protests--some openly violent, all openly contemptuous of those who protect them and those whose lives they cavalierly disrupted. These cynical, heedless acts recklessly spread social gasoline all over and left boxes of matches everywhere.
Rather than deliver an extended tirade against those I hold responsible for creating the environment that was a cinch, eventually, to lead to this kind of atrocity, I will make a few brief points. And as always, LFTC readers will make their own choice.
Please, first, check this CompStat page for NYPD. (CompStat is the crime statistics system established by Rudy Giuliani, even exonerated by the feds during the Clinton years.) Note not just 2014's data, but the historical data as well. Federal agencies should only be as transparent--and even half as successful. Note also that since 2010 the rank-and-file NYPD officers on active patrol have been majority nonwhite.
And please, keep in mind that symbols matter. The mayor of a city sets a mood by words as well as deeds. That Mayor deBlasio selected William Bratton is commendable, and for appointing him the mayor may take derivative credit for NYPD's excellent performance in 2014. Credit goes primarily, however, to the men & women of NYPD.
But it is to Mayor deBlasio's everlasting discredit that he impliedly accused his own police force of endemic white racism when he told his son to beware of cops--and shared this with the public in a recent ABC "This Week" interview:
What parents have done for decades who have children of color, especially young men of color, is train them to be very careful when they have ...an encounter with a police officer....
With [his son], very early on, we said, ‘Look, if a police officer stops you, do everything he tells you to do. Don’t move suddenly. Don’t reach for your cellphone. Because we knew, sadly, there’s a greater chance it might be misinterpreted if it was a young man of color.
And when he takes the likes of Al Sharpton as chief consigliere in police matters that, too sends signals that undermine those who protect the city's citizens and visitors from its vicious criminal element. For such calumny and its horrific aftermath DeBalsio was repaid at Saturday evening's press conference when upon his entry into the briefing room police attendees turned their backs (1:20) to him.
Bottom Line. All this anti-cop hyper-agitation is not merely deeply dividing our nation; it is literally ripping apart the societal fabric. Once ripped apart it is nearly impossible to rebuild.
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