The assassination of two hard-working cops is an absolute injustice and should horrify anyone, no matter their political ideology.
Anti-police violence protesters didn’t kill NYPD officers Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos that afternoon in Bed-Stuy.
President Barack Obama didn’t walk up to the passenger side of a marked police car and spray it with several bullets.
At no point did Reverend Al Sharpton brag about giving pigs their wings on his Instagram account.
Mayor Bill De Blasio didn’t drive up to New York City after shooting his girlfriend and execute two unsuspecting law enforcement officers.
All these actions were, however, performed by 28 year-old Mr. Ismaaiyl Brinsley and he is the only … THE ONLY ONE who has blood on his hands and should be blamed for the tragic deaths of two innocent victims.
The assassination of two hard-working cops who were putting in overtime to more than likely support their growing families is an absolute injustice and should horrify anyone, no matter their political ideology.
At the same time, however, I find the shady remarks by Mr. Pat Lynch, President, the Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association, to be equally disgusting and morally reprehensible.
Instead of allowing communities to mourn in this moment and maybe finding common ground on which protesters and police can begin to build on, he, acting like a spoiled brat, choose to play the blame game, stating there was “blood on many hands,” including “those that incited violence on the street under the guise of protest” and starting with “the office of the mayor.”
In my opinion, Mr. Lynch is inaccurate in his assessment on what has been taking place in the streets of America since grand juries declined not to indict police officers for the death of Mr. Mike Brown, Jr., and Mr. Eric Garner.
For starters, protesters haven’t been inciting violence; they’ve been promoting voter registration drives; organizing town hall meetings to discuss solutions to systemic issues and developing petitions and demands for their government.
And despite being the constant victims of unnecessary excessive force and police violence, protesters … community leaders – that’s what we should call them, because that’s what they’re doing – remained non-violent in their approach, choosing to resist rather than retaliate.
Secondly, the Mayor of New York City should be applauded for his bravery: speaking out against the systemic racial bias from American police forces is necessary in a time like this and if you don’t like it, tough sh*t.
But turning your back on the cheif executive of the nation’s biggest city when he walks into a building is a b*tch move and those officers who participated in that act of disrespect owe Mr. De Blasio and the taxpayers of NYC an apology.
A blame game in the aftermath of tragedy isn’t the way to go, but if that’s really where Mr. Lynch wants to take it, than I’ll follow suit: the blood of officers Liu and Ramos is on the hands of the NYPD officials who knew of a threat from the Black Guerilla Family – of which Mr. Brinsley is beloved to be associated with – and deemed it not credible.
But with that being said, no one but the gunman should be blamed for the death of officers Liu and Ramos.
And despite popular belief, anti-police violence protesters mourn their deaths, too.
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