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The Thin Blue Line Gets Thinner

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By:Tom Piatak | December 22, 2014

Over the weekend, Ismaaiyl Brinsley murdered New York City policemen Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos, after leaving messages stating he was going to take revenge for the deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner by killing "pigs." Brinsley's actions, of course, took place against the backdrop of a months long media campaign intended to convince the public that racist cops are gunning down innocent blacks such as Brown and Garner, a campaign abetted by many politicians.

The head of the New York City Patrolmen's Benevolent Association has said that New York Mayor de Blasio has blood on his hands as a result of the murder of these policemen. And indeed he does. But so do all the politicians and media personalities who have fueled the campaign against the police that began with the egregious distortion of what happened in Ferguson.

Michael Brown is dead because he assaulted a police officer and tried to take away his gun. Eric Garner is dead because he resisted arrest. But Officers Liu and Ramos are dead for no reason other than they were policemen. Unlike Brown and Garner, they actually were innocent victims who were doing nothing wrong.

The New York police are to be commended for making clear that de Blasio will not be welcome at police funerals, and they should extend this non-invitation to any representative of the Obama Administration. After all, the Obama White House has been as welcoming to Al Sharpton as de Blasio's Gracie Mansion,  and the Obama Administration did nothing to calm tensions after Michael Brown was shot in Ferguson. Far from it.



Stamford, CT
12/22/2014 03:39 PM

  The Left despises police. They perceive most policemen as benighted working class Christian white European ethnics. All the reason they need to cheerlead on behalf of the likes of Al Sharpton.

Ray Olson
St. Paul
12/22/2014 04:27 PM

  Wasn't the NY police union chief rather out of line in disinviting the mayor to the funerals of slain officers? Surely such decisions are properly to be made by the slain officers' families, not a union boss. Also, I've yet to hear any reasoning behind the assertion that De Blasio has blood on his hands--that is, bears direct responsibility--for the killing of officers Liu and Ramos. The union thug should have kept his trap shut. Or are police supposed to throw gasoline on fires?

Soldiers Grove, Wisconsin
12/22/2014 05:55 PM

  The irony is, of course, that given the vitriol directed at the policeman-qua-enforcer of white hegemony over minorities, neither officer killed in NY - God rest their souls - was white - not even "Zimmerman" white. And so it goes...

Nicholas MOSES
12/22/2014 05:57 PM

  Mr. Olson, back in 2005, the French police simply responding to an emergency call was enough to get every white official in this country accused of throwing gasoline on the fire when certain ethnics reacted by torching cars left and right. I say enough is enough. At some point lines have to be drawn. As for the petition, yes, the wording may not be to anyone's liking, but for the police to attempt to band together on such an issue is perfectly reasonable, and regardless of whether de Blasio bears direct any responsibility for these incidents (I wouldn't think he does), for him to constantly trash the police and then claim to want solidarity with them is if nothing else cognitively dissonant. The left-wing Democratic emperor has no clothes, and I for one am glad someone is putting his feet to the fire to pick a side and stick to it.

Tom Piatak
12/22/2014 07:08 PM

  Mr. Olson, This is not a case where we have to wonder about Brinsley's motives. He told us we wanted to kill "pigs" because "pigs" had killed Michael Brown and Eric Garner. Nor is this is case where, before Brown pulled the trigger, there was no reason to believe agitation over Ferguson could lead to violence. It already had, with two riots in Ferguson certainly the result of such agitation and the murder of a Bosnian immigrant likely the result. I think the testimony of ordinary New York policemen, who turned their backs on de Blasé when he showed up at the hospital where their dying comrades were taken, is both eloquent and convincing. Consider the message being sent since August: racist cops are out of control, killing innocent blacks. They cannot be reined in by grand juries, since they connive with police. They cannot even be reined in by the Obama Justice Department. The law is powerless to stop them. It is little surprise that this message continues to generate violence. Indeed, the crowds chanting "No Justice, No Peace" practically demand violence, and recent protests in New York City went beyond even that, with explicit calls for the deaths of police. I agree that we shouldn't pour gasoline on fires, but this fire began smoldering since August, and many media and political figures have been fanning its flames ever since. Simply put, those who care about not pouring gasoline on fires don't make alliances with Al Sharpton.


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