I would like to share with you the last two paragraphs of an article in The New Republic by Claire Groden titled “Don’t Blame Protesters for the Murder of Two New York Cops”:
But there is a yawning gap between the kind of reforms demanded by de Blasio and the protesters and open hostility to police. Hundreds of deaths caused by police officers have gone unreported in federal statistics since 2007. Overly aggressive policing—such as the stop-and-frisk policies that de Blasio made a point of reforming—victimizes minorities across the country. While police claim they’ve been unfairly vilified by protesters over isolated incidents, Lynch and others are guilty of doing the same by denouncing the protesters for the actions of one hateful man, Ismaaiyl Brinsley.
The cops who claim Garner protesters have Liu and Ramos’s blood on their hands also seem to have forgotten what their job entails. Police don’t just enforce the law and keep the public safe, but also protect every single citizen’s fundamental rights—including the right of free speech. Lynch, the PBA president, and others who agree with him would do well to remember the oath every New York City officer gives when he accepts the job.
A yawning gap? There was no yawning when protesters chanted, “What do we want? Dead cops. When do we want it? Now.” Funny how Groden leaves that part out.
Just under four years ago, the Left tried to blame the shooting of former Arizona Democratic Congresswoman Gabby Giffords on the Tea Party and also on Sarah Palin’s crosshairs map. I defy anyone to show me a video of Tea Party activists calling for the death of any elected official in the Democratic Party.
The reality is that Tea Party activists are law abiding people who abhor violence. I know because I’ve spoken at Tea Party rallies in Boston and Worcester. Had I heard any of them chant for the death of Obama or any other Democrat elected to office, I would have nothing further to do with them.
Claire Groden can wrap herself in the First Amendment all she wants. It doesn’t change the fact that protesters wanted dead cops and now they got their wish. The Left constantly tells us that words matter. Fine. Then let the anti-police protesters in NYC live with the consequences of their words.