No outrage by media or President against attempted murder of police officers in Los Angeles

Cops in Los Angeles, Chicago and Texas has been shot at over the past 72 hours. U.S. Border Guards are shot at every day, trying to protect our borders. A U.S. Marine has been kidnapped by the Mexican government—where is the outrage, why is AG Eric Holder and President Obama silent? When will the Times or Chronicle denounce this attack on our men and women in blue?

We have the Governor of Missouri demanding immediate prosecution of the police officer in the Ferguson case—without documentation or evidence—kind of like Obama denouncing the Cambridge, Massachusetts police officer that stopped a drunk—who happened to be black. Bigotry? Hate of authority?

“Why do these individuals jump to the twisted conclusion that police officers’ lives are any less endangered when encountering “unarmed” suspects than when they’re staring down the barrel of a gun? Why do these same individuals assume all officer-involved shootings—while always tragic—are always “bad” shootings? These individuals are cherry-picking the facts and doing a disservice to the communities they serve.”

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No outrage by media or President against attempted murder of police officers in Los Angeles

Los Angeles Police Protective League, 8/19/14

Over the last 72 hours, there have been a number of attempted murders of police officers in Los Angeles County, yet there has been no community or media outrage.

Two prime examples include an LAPD SWAT officer who was severely injured during a shootout with a suspected gunman following a pursuit in South Los Angeles. In another case, a sheriff’s deputy is facing a long recovery after undergoing surgery for life-changing injuries he suffered in an unprovoked attempted murder by an “unarmed” man already on probation for assaulting a peace officer. Witnesses said the deputy was escorting a male suspect in a mall when the suspect unexpectedly turned on the deputy and hit him several times, knocking the deputy to the ground, and continuing his assault.

Crickets chirp as we wait for the LA Times Editorial Board to chime in with some suggestions on police tactics following these incidents.

City residents, law enforcement, community members and editorial writers should be alarmed when those whose job it is to fight crime on a daily basis are being targeted for murder. Why do otherwise reasoned individuals—despite evidence before them to the contrary—become reflexively critical of police? Why do these individuals jump to the twisted conclusion that police officers’ lives are any less endangered when encountering “unarmed” suspects than when they’re staring down the barrel of a gun? Why do these same individuals assume all officer-involved shootings—while always tragic—are always “bad” shootings? These individuals are cherry-picking the facts and doing a disservice to the communities they serve.

The disconnect between reality and the world in which newspaper editorial boards live in cannot not be more starkly contrasted than the LA Times editorial which pontificated about the Ezell Ford shooting with the following: “It is hard to believe that police cannot refine their encounters with unarmed citizens to avoid the use of deadly force.” In other words, according to the Times, “unarmed” residents pose no threat to officers.

The reality is that when somebody attacks a police officer, they should expect the reaction to their attack will be swift, sure and met with enough force to end the assault. As LAPPL President Tyler Izen told the Times, “While waiting for the facts to be determined, I feel the need to restate the obvious. When a person attempts to take an officer’s gun from them, no matter their physical or mental condition, we should expect an officer to respond accordingly to save their life—and that likely includes the use of deadly force.”

We also note with dismay that while compelled to devote numerous pages of coverage to the unfolding situation in Ferguson, Missouri, the Los Angeles Times Editorial Board cannot be stirred to write even a murmur of protest over the violence directed against police officers there. Apparently, throwing Molotov cocktail bottles, rocks, and other debris at police officers is just not worthy of their commentary. Yet, you can be sure that if a police officer were the perpetrator of equivalent violence, entire forests would be decimated to print the hand-wringing editorials from the Los Angeles Times.

If a suspect takes or attempts to take an officer’s gun by force, he has sent a clear message that he intends to murder that officer and possibly others, and must be stopped for the safety of all. Whether that aggressive suspect is under the influence of a controlled substance, alcohol, or has a mental illness, the target of his attack will be in immediate danger nonetheless. When anyone grabs for the officer’s gun, they become an armed suspect, and in most cases, predetermined the tragic outcome of events.

Public safety requires a strong two-way partnership. We need to make it clear that Los Angeles is a city in which violence against the community or its police officers is never tolerated. The dedicated men and women of the Los Angeles Police Department, who serve to protect our communities, deserve all the tools and support the community can possibly provide. The LAPPL asks the public and our community leaders to continue to support our officers and make sure that criminals do not deter them from making Los Angeles the safest big city in America.

 

About Stephen Frank

Stephen Frank is the publisher and editor of California Political News and Views. He speaks all over California and appears as a guest on several radio shows each week. He has also served as a guest host on radio talk shows. He is a fulltime political consultant.

Comments

  1. Well said. I think all our Republican Candidates should unit with one voice and one message: TRANSPARENCY

  2. good article.. what is going on in Ferguson, Missouri is outrageous.. they don’t have all the facts and are already convicting that police officer.. it is disgusting that they want to make everything racial… there is so much disrespect in this country these days and it seems to get worse instead of better…

  3. This is a good article indeed… And the answer is simply because you and I won’t riot, loot, pitch a hissy fit and stomp our feet when these criminals who were stupid enough to challenge the cops (at least the ones who can still walk) end up walking back into the same community who’s safety they wantonly violated/

  4. If one takes the time to read former DOJ attorney, J.Christian Adam’s book entitled “Injustice”, you will get a far better understanding as to what is going on in our country, regarding racial incidents. There is no question that Eric Holder’s DOJ is not dedicated to race-neutral equal protection.
    Mr. Adams was the attorney who brought the charges against the Black Panthers, for voter intimidation in Philadelphia in 2008, charges which were dropped by Holder’s DOJ, even though the Panthers were shown on TV dressed in their black outfits, and swinging “billy clubs” ! Mr. Adams resigned because of this, and his book is very revealing as to what is going on in Mr. Holder’s DOJ !

  5. And we, the public, ask that you not continue acting like ‘dicks’.

  6. What many in the public do not understand is that police officers do not necessarily know at the time of an encounter with an aggressor if he has a mental illness, is under the influence of a drug, is wanted for another crime (the suspect knows though), or other pieces of information that are only available after a violent encounter is fully investigated. What is happening in Ferguson is nothing more than a manipulation of emotions by outside race baiters to fit the agenda that ‘America is bad’ and needs to be fundamentally transformed (into what?) and keep the American people from uniting against an out of control big government. The attacks on the police in Los Angeles don’t fit the race baiters agenda of whipping up a frenzied crowd to riot, loot, and burn down businesses in their own community.

    • This country will turn into a ravaged third world nation soon. There are those people who don’t believe in law and order.

      I wouldn’t want to be a police officer for anything in today’s world. With many of the people high on drugs/alcohol, out of their mind, the decent citizens of this country are at risk. I say get rid of the drugs in this nation.

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