On July 17th, 2014, Eric Garner died in an altercation with police in Staten Island, NY.
On August 19th, Michael Brown was shot and killed in an altercation with police in Ferguson, MI.
In the wake of these two events, there were protests in cities across the country. People engaged in “Die-in’s”, where they would lie down and pretend to be dead to protest police brutality. Members of the St. Louis Rams, as well as other NFL teams, all engaged in visible forms of solidarity towards the “I Can’t Breathe” messasge, made popular by YouTube videos of Eric Garner.
Then, the retaliations started. Officers Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu were executed by Ismaaiyl Brinsley, who then took his own life, on December 20th. The next day, Officer Charles Kondek was killed at 3:00 AM in Tarpon Springs, FL. A third police officer in NY would have been shot in the face had the assailant’s .357 not been empty.
Look. I know I don’t get a lot of traffic here to this page, but for anyone who is reading this, let’s make this perfectly clear. It doesn’t matter that it’s fashionable right now to hate cops, even more so than in times past. It doesn’t even matter what my opinions of the police are. Whether you are a fan of police or not, there is absolutely, positively, no excuse for the actions of the two maniacs that just gunned down three police officers for no other reason than to – in Birnsley’s words – “put[ting] wings on a pig today”.
For every Michael R. Lewelling, there’s at least a dozen Casey Warrens. For every Sandusky Police Department there’s a hundred Sacramento Police Departments. I can go on and on with examples from both sides – that’s not the point. The point is that if you want the police to show up at your fucking door some day when you actually NEED them, then walking up to their cruiser and blasting off a few rounds might not be the way to get them to show up and give you a hand.
Oh, and officers? Sorry to call it like it is, but if you want people to stop shooting at you when you’re on the job, then maybe you should recognize that a few bad apples have, indeed, ruined it for the rest of you, and figure out how to fix your perception problem.