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A legacy of lack of respect for police

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Wednesday, February 08, 2017 05:01 am
Former Chicago Superintendent Garry McCarthy could’ve kept his mouth shut after he was fired following the police action shooting of a 17-year-old black male. But he didn’t. “So what’s happening, and this is ironic, is that a movement with the goal of saving black lives at this point is getting black lives taken, because 80 percent of our murder victims here in Chicago are male blacks.” Said McCarthy. “The simplest way to describe it is that we have created an environment where we have emboldened criminals and we are hamstringing the police.”

McCarthy was directing blame towards the progressive group Black Lives Matter for the increase in crime across this country, and in particular the once unimaginable statistics regarding the number of shootings in The Windy City that saw a total of 795 homicides and another 3,665 individuals who were shot and wounded for 2016.

All across this nation, crime rates have increased. Heather McDonald, the author of The War on Cops, seemingly supports McCarthy’s observations through previous remarks “…this is all a result of the false narrative of the Black Lives Matter movement that says we are living through an epidemic of racially biased police shootings of blacks. The data just does not bear that out but because of that false narrative cops are backing off of proactive policing and crime in inner city areas is going through the roof.”

But I for one believe that there is another source for the uptick regarding this violent animosity we are seeing directed toward law enforcement, resulting in a “backing-off” from police proactively and aggressively doing need to be done.

That source would be our out-going President, Barack Obama.

From the early on in his presidency when commenting on the arrest of Harvard Professor Henry Louis Gates Jr., saying “…that the Cambridge police acted stupidly.” It didn’t seem to matter to the President that the Cambridge police were responding to a 911 call, and that they found a door that showed signs of being forced open, or that Gates refused to identify himself and became belligerent toward the officers. But that would be only the start of a long list of issues that would come up during his term that would show what could only be seen as distain for the men and women who are expected to protect us from the bad guys.

When he spoke to families of officers killed for doing their job, the President unashamedly talked about bias saying “…we have all seen this bigotry in our own lives at some point. No institution is entirely immune, and that includes our police departments.”

When President Obama proudly announced that he was taking it upon himself to restore relations with the Communist government of Cuba, at no time did the issue of returning cop killer Joanne Chesimard, aka Assata Shakur to the U.S. get even a mention as a condition for normalization. And this despite a formal request submitted by New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie for here return.

Then there was the appointment of Debo Adegbile to head the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice. Adegbile was the attorney for Mumia Abu-Jamal who became the darling for the Hollywood elite after he murdered Philadelphia police officer Daniel Faulkner. When announced back in 2014, more than 1 million police officers sent written protests against the appointment and when the nomination was voted down, Obama called it a travesty.

And after all the attention given to this nation’s illegal opioid epidemic which saw the number of drug overdoses for 2015 at 33,091, our current President recently announced the pardoning of 78 convicts and commutation of 153, most of whom were drug traffickers. Our police officers can feel only stress and frustration knowing from experience that many of those will return to their old ways.

It was Obama who gave his support to Black Lives Matter while discussing their led protests in Dallas, when a “black anti-white racist” ambushed police officers. He said “We cannot simply dismiss those in peaceful protest as troublemakers or paranoid.” I guess in President Obama’s line of thinking, BLM chants such as “Pigs in a blanket, fry them like bacon” or “What do we want? Dead Cops! When do we want it? Now!” passes as peaceful.

When it comes to restoring respect for the police and the increase in this nation’s murderous crime rates, here’s hoping that this particular Obama legacy doesn’t last long.

Bob Rinearson is a resident of Fort Wayne.


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