Yes, I said it, or wrote it, the assassination of two NYPD Cops by a unhinged radical has destroyed the police accountability movement. Protesters can say nasty things, terrible things, during the heat of the moment while on the march and the marches in New York City is no exception. I truly believe that we need NEW rules for police in America. Their tactics have run amok. They are too sensitive to criticism, too sensitive to those who question their authority and their thin skin while on the beat is a huge problem.
I understand the fears of police safety. I served as a Master at Arms, partially, while serving in the United States Navy. No I didn't carry a gun, no I wasn't a full fledged cop but I still wore a badge and I was tasked with keeping law and order. I was more or less a glorified babysitter, a couple of drug busts, a theft or two and a couple of assaults here and there, nothing special. So I can't really relate to a beat officer but I understand police safety. But deploying gestapo tactics while hiding behind police safety is a non starter.
However, on the other hand, radical elements within the protest movements surging across this nation calling for the murder of police officers is also a non starter. Not only is this tactic a non starter it is radioactive. Did this motivate 28-year-old Ismaaiyl Brinsley to commit murder in cold blood? I would say yes. All of the race baiters in this movement, and some reside all the way at the top, are partially to blame and they should be held accountable in the court of public opinion but sadly they won't be. The liberal mass media will touch on the subject but the liberal mass media will stop short of condemning those who have lathered the fervor of those who choose radicalism over persistent activism.
Now the Police Unions in New York and across the nation are blaming the protesters. They are singling out those radicals calling for dead cops from within the movement. Eric Garner's death was at very least negligent homicide, period. His death is an abomination and the blame rests squarely on the shoulders of those heavy handed police officers who put boot to ass as their first reaction to a tense situation. He died for a single cigarette, one cigarette.
But to call for the murder of police officers during protests is insane because someone, eventually, will rise to the occasion and perform the act. And these same delusional radicals now think it's unfair that they are now catching the blame for the actions of Ismaaiyl Brinsley. This will only stiffen the resolve of those in the police community who believe their tactics are fair and those who feel persecuted because the people dare question those tactics. Do you see a pattern here? The extremist fervor on both sides is ascending to infinity. There is no ceiling of compromise.
I have a feeling that these murders will be viewed as a game changer for police departments across the nation big and small. I feel that the police will dig in and become more hardened in their tactical resolve. Anyone who questions them will now be viewed as a supporter of Ismaaiyl Brinsley's actions. And anyone condemning the radicals in the movement will be viewed, by the radicals, as supporters of police, unequivocally.
We have sped past the crossroads and are now traveling on a parallel highways to hell.