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Support for Police Is Too Little Too Late

By Tuesday, 23 December 2014 10:45 AM Current | Bio | Archive

Barack Obama, Eric Holder, Mayor Bill de Blasio and the Rev. Al Sharpton did not pull the trigger that killed two New York police officers.
Neither did the "Hands Up-Don’t Shoot” false narrative gestures of athletes and members of the Congressional Black Caucus and the “racist police” video of actor Samuel L. Jackson.
But, there should be no doubt that their collective inflammatory anti-cop rhetoric and actions helped create the atmosphere for the ambush assassination of police officers Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos.
They were joined by countless others in uncontrolled and often violent protests and more incendiary rhetoric.
More recently, we witnessed “Occupy Wall Street” type protesters throughout the nation freely rampaging through department stores, blocking streets and bridges, and challenging police. In New York, Mayor de Blasio sided with protesters and bashed the media. His response to attacks on his own police was that they were “alleged” and was silent when they chanted: "What do we want? Dead cops. When do we want it? Now."

This tragedy shows very vividly that playing racial politics can be deadly when a confused and cowardly mind like Ismaaiyl Brinsley decides to act upon their hateful rhetoric.
It should be noted that when protesters want dead cops, they include all cops — black, white, Asian, and Hispanic. They disrespect the badge and the uniform regardless of the race or ethnicity of the person wearing it. Just look at the cops Brinsley slaughtered — a Hispanic and an Asian. He didn’t care what they were — they were cops!
Now, some of the main practitioners of racial divisiveness and blanket anti-cop rhetoric are among the first to express sorrow and urge peace and support for the police.
The Rev. Al Sharpton: “We do not believe that all police are bad, nor do we believe that most police are bad. We must unite and work to heal our city and this nation.”
Attorney General Eric Holder: “These courageous men and women routinely incur tremendous personal risks, and place their lives on the line each and every day, in order to preserve public safety. We are forever in their debt.”
President Obama: “The officers who serve and protect our communities . . . deserve our respect and gratitude . . . I ask people to reject violence and words that harm, and turn to words that heal — prayer, patient dialogue, and sympathy for the friends and family of the fallen.”
And then there is de Blasio. What a turnaround!
After months of anti-cop rhetoric including saying that the Garner case “is not based on decades of racism, this is based on centuries of racism," he sang a different tune at a press conference.
After giving implicit consent to the conduct of the protesters, he now wants to find some way to move forward “away from anger and hatred” and “bring police and community together.” He even said that there can be no violence against “those who protect us” and that he has “respect for the police.” 
Eloquent comments all — but too little too late.
The president, Holder, Sharpton, and de Blasio showing respect and gratitude for the police — after these tragic murders — is a bit disingenuous.
Did it take the murders for them to realize that all cops aren’t bad and we should show gratitude for their service? Where have they been?
Although they could have combined criticism and concerns over police conduct in certain instances with expressions of support and need for the police, they did not.
And, where were all of those civic, political, religious, and community leaders in New York who are now expressing such sadness over the murders of the two officers?
I do not recall any black or Hispanic elected officials, civil rights or civic leaders in New York, or elsewhere, calling press conferences condemning the hateful “dead cops” rhetoric or attacks on police prior to the assassinations and during the protests.
Where were their press conferences in support of the police who protect their communities?
So what happens now?
Will de Blasio continue to value Sharpton’s advice as his trusty race relations adviser over that of his police commissioner?
Can he govern when he has lost the respect of 35,000 New York police officers?
Will he work with and listen to black and Hispanic elected officials — or Sharpton?
As to the president: Will he take time from his sanctuary vacation retreat to come before the press, as he did in the Henry Gates, Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown, and Eric Garner cases, and show appreciation for law enforcement? And condemn inflammatory rhetoric?
Will he send three White House officials to the funerals of officers Liu and Ramos as he did to the Michael Brown funeral?
We will soon know.
Clarence V. McKee is president of McKee Communications, Inc., a government, political, and media relations consulting firm in Florida. He held several positions in the Reagan administration as well as in the Reagan presidential campaigns and has appeared on many national and local media outlets. Read more reports from Clarence V. McKee — Click Here Now.

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