Dear Mr. President; how many more police officers must be ambushed by violent thugs before you use your considerable power to stand firmly in support of the law-enforcement community? After the brutal murder of 5 cops in Dallas you used the memorial service to promote your same old tired narrative that the police must do more to lessen tensions between themselves and the minority communities they serve. That storyline suggests that those 5 murdered officers were responsible for their own slaughter because they hadn’t done enough for the minorities in their assigned areas. What you should have said, that is, if you weren’t so obviously anti-police, is that police officers, especially in high-crime areas, are there primarily to prevent crime, but when that fails, their job is to come to the defense of innocent people who are being assaulted and killed every day in those violence-prone neighborhoods.
You could have said that cops have an immense task trying to bring a level of security to the terrified residents of those minority communities. In addition, you could have been honest about the fact that those residents want more, not less, police enforcement on their streets. You could have tried to identify with those innocent, hardworking residents who spend every waking minute wondering if they’re going to be raped, robbed or murdered by the thugs who roam their streets freely and resist every action taken by the police. Moreover, you could have said that those residents are too frightened to speak out publicly in support of the police because they’re likely to be targeted by those same thugs. You should have been the voice of those helpless victims instead of appearing to defend the criminals who prey on them and blaming the cops who protect them.
It’s easy to hypothesize about the training and tactics of law enforcement from the comfort of the Oval Office, or during a luxurious flight to a fundraiser on Air Force One. But, the reality is that each time a cop puts on that uniform he’s immediately thrust into that violent world and it’s tough to “lessen tensions” when faced with an angry mob hurling vicious epithets laced with threats of death. When he’s called to the scene of a crime and begins to effect an arrest he’s more concerned about his safety and the safety of those innocent people around him than he is about being a diplomat. Mr. President, please try to understand that no cop begins his/her tour of duty with intent to hurt anyone. Contrariwise, those involved in the criminal culture begin every day with the opposite intent.
Barely a week after the tragedy in Dallas, 6 more officers were gunned down during an ambush in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. At the time of this writing, 3 have succumbed to death. As the nation waited for your response, they hoped that you’d take a more aggressive stand against the murderers than you have so far. Sadly, all you did was reiterate the hackneyed, leftwing, anti-Second Amendment talking points about too many guns on the street. I’ll confess that I voted for John McCain in 2008. However, although I was disappointed when you were elected, I felt sanguine about it because I saw it as a great opportunity to usher in a new era of harmony between the races.
My optimism was short-lived when you accused a Cambridge, Massachusetts police officer of acting “stupidly” because he arrested a black professor during a confrontation after the officer was called to the scene by a neighbor concerned that a burglary was taking place. That was the first of many black/white police incidents in which you spoke publicly in favor of the black suspect, rather than the white officer. It was the beginning of a pattern in which you continually interfered in local police incidents, always siding with the offender against the cops. It has become increasingly clear that you came into office with a chip on your shoulder against white people. Inasmuch as it took millions of white voters to put you in that office it’s clear that your racism outweighs your gratitude.
In your diatribe at the Dallas Police memorial you lectured society for allowing “poverty to fester, so that entire neighborhoods offer no prospect for gainful employment.” You talked about increased funding for drug treatment programs and yadda, yadda, yadda. But, not once did you decry the vicious gang of thugs who think black lives matter only when a white cop kills a black thug during a criminal act. You never uttered a syllable against their public chants to “kill cops!” Furthermore, in a thinly-veiled attempt to further alienate the races, you invited those hateful savages to the White House, giving them a level of prominence that only encourages more violence toward police. You, Mr. President, have the blood of those murdered officers on your hands! With 5 months left in office, one can only wonder how much more blood will be spilled because of your vendetta against the country that fed, clothed, housed and educated you. The mythological Trojan Horse was nothing compared to you!
Bob Weir is a veteran of 20 years with the New York Police Dept. (NYPD), ten of which were performed in plainclothes undercover assignments. Bob began a writing career about 16 years ago and had his first book published in 1999. He also became a syndicated columnist under the title “Weir Only Human.”