Written by Steve Byas
The terrible murders of five police officers in Dallas, with the wounding of seven more, was a coordinated attack following a Black Lives Matter Rally in the north Texas city. A wave of protests has swept the nation after two black men were killed, one each in Louisiana and Minnesota, this week.
It was the deadliest single day for police officers in America since the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 — but in this case, police officers were specifically targeted. Dallas police Chief David Brown said, “(They were) working together with rifles, triangulating at elevated positions in different points in the downtown area where the march ended up going.”
But is this targeting of police part of a larger plan, with efforts to kill police officers across the country, not just in Dallas? And, who is responsible for this rash of shootings of police officers, and what is the ultimate goal?
Some are holding Twitter at least partially responsible, because it has not only provided a platform for anti-police invective, it has failed to delete calls for murdering police, either through negligence or worse. It is reported that thousands of posts have been in “tweets,” including calls to “kill pigs,” and “kill police.”
One tweet is from Ben Baller, Kanye West’s personal jeweler, who has almost a half-million Twitter users reading his calls for violence upon the police. Among his tweets is, “I want to kill 100 cops every time I hear ‘stop resisting.’ RIP," followed by the hashtag “Alton Sterling.” Sterling is one of the black men killed in an altercation with police.
Baller also praised Christopher Dorner, calling him “a legend.” Dorner was fired from the Los Angeles police force in 2013, then published an 11-page “manifesto” in which he called for the “unconventional and asysmmetric warfare” upon LAPD. Baller’s profanity-laced Tweet said Dorner “tried to [do] something about” the police. Dorner shot police officers and civilians (including family members of officers) before he died in a later shoot-out with police at a cabin in the San Bernardino Mountains.
Another Tweet that Twitter had not removed as I wrote this article, written by “My Precious,”depicted a masked man slitting the throat of a police officer, with the caption, “SOON THE TALES WILL TURN.”
Other Tweets also called for the murder of police officers, including such vicious inciting to violence as, “Take the pigs to the slaughter house,” and “kill em all.”
Twitter does remove some “insulting” Tweets, but incredibly, had not removed incitement to murder against police officers before the Dallas shootings.
President Barack Obama called yesterday (before the shooting of the Dallas officers) for a “change” in the justice system to deal with what he called “a broader set of racial disparities.” Obama said the killings of black men in Louisiana and Minnesota are not isolated incidents, but highlighted concerns about bias against African-Americans, claiming that blacks are being shot by police at a higher rate than whites.
Black Lives Matter (BLM) is a movement that Governor Chris Christie of New Jersey has charged with “calling for the murder of police officers.” BLM marches last year in Minnesota included the chant, “Pigs in a blanket, fry 'em like bacon” is just one piece of evidence for Christie’s accusations. Yet, Obama has defended BLM, and backs up the assertions made by one of its founders, Alicia Garza, who said blacks are “uniquely, systematically, and savagely targeted by the state.”
But is that true?
Larry Elder, a conservative columnist and an African-American who disagrees with those bold assertions, said, “In the last several decades the numbers of blacks killed by cops are down nearly 75 percent.” Elder added, “In 2012, according to the CDC, 140 blacks were killed by police. That same year 386 whites were killed by police. Over a 13-year period from 1999 to 2011, the CDC reports that 2,151 whites were killed by cops — and 1,130 blacks were killed by cops.”
While this still seems like a disproportionate number of blacks being killed — they only make up about 13 percent of the population versus whites being about 62 percent of the population — according to the Bureau of Justice statistics, between 2002 and 2011 blacks made up about half of all murder victims in the United States, averaging more than 7,500 per year. And though offender statistics are incomplete for various reasons, it is estimated that about 90 percent of black murder victims were killed by other blacks.
Studies indicate that police officers may actually be more hesitant to use lethal force when dealing with blacks than whites. David Klinger, in his book Into the Kill Zone: A Cop’s Eye View of Deadly Force, interviewed hundreds of police officers, and wrote, “I’ve had multiple officers tell me they were worried in the wake of a shooting because they shot a black person, and I’ve had multiple officers tell me that they were glad that the person they shot was white.”
Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke, who is black, was particularly critical of the BLM movement, and of Obama, charging the president himself had “started this war on police,” with his inflammatory rhetoric. One Georgia BLM activist actually made a video calling for blacks “to take office’s guns, take over a police station and kill white people.”
The current “war” against the police began during the Obama administration and the unrest in Ferguson, Missouri, where a black criminal, Michael Brown, was shot to death by a white police officer, Darren Wilson. A grand jury later investigated the incident interviewed 40 witnesses — 38 of whom were black — and concluded that Wilson was acting in self-defense, yet the narrative is still repeated that Brown was gunned down while trying to surrender.
But, this “war” against the police is not totally new. James Fitzgerald, a former police detective from Newark, New Jersey, recently conducted a national “Support Your Local Police — and keep them Independent!” speaking tour for the John Birch Society, and addressed this issue.
Fitzgerald told his audience in Oklahoma City in May that the roots of the violence against police are decades old, and have continued to the present. He said that the Judiciary Committee of the U.S. Senate had compiled a report in 1960 entitled “Communist Plot Against Free World Police.” The report concluded that communists were working to sully the reputation of the nation’s police forces.
A few years after the report was published, Sargent Shriver, a brother-in-law of President John Kennedy, was director of the Peace Corps for President Lyndon Johnson. From that position, Shriver was funneling money to “community organizers” [remember Obama’s former role as a “community organizer” in Chicago] in Newark, New Jersey, who were working to radicalize young black Americans. Shriver was cautioned that these groups were led by ideological communists, who had posters of communists such as Mao, Lenin, and Che Guevera gracing the walls of their headquarters. He dismissed the concerns, but the agitation against the police continued until the infamous Newark race riots occurred.
Fitzgerald also discussed the Freddie Gray incident in Baltimore, where three of the six officers involved in Gray’s arrest and transport were black.
Exacerbating the present racial animus and problems is Black Lives Matter, which condemns every killing of every black person by police, spreading discontent. Black Lives Matter is a radical organization founded by Marxists, Fitzgerald said. He used photographs of demonstrators around the country, with signs all including the word, “RevCom.US.” He explained Rev.Com.US is for “Revolutionary Communist Party of the United States.” BLM, a group that President Obama has defended repeatedly, teaches chants that glamorize the killing of police.
The Obama administration has also worsened the problems in many ways. In one case, Obama’s first attorney general, Eric Holder, actually funneled $1.5 million to the Bronx Defenders, a group that created a rap song about how to kill policemen!
What is the purpose of this leftist attack upon the police?
Fitzgerald charged that the Justice Department was using something called the Police Data Initiative to achieve “federalization of the local police.” The way this is to be accomplished is through “standards” for local police both created and enforced by the Justice Department.
Fitzgerald asserted that a principal goal of the Left is to nationalize the police function. Fitzgerald offered some examples of nationalized police forces, including the Cheka of the Soviet Union and the Gestapo in National Socialist Germany.
An increase in lawlessness, largely owing to the reluctance of police to confront some criminal activity in minority neighborhoods in such places as Chicago, where the murder rate has spiraled upward, is planned to lead some Americans to believe the local police are not capable of controlling violent crime, Fitzgerald predicted. A nationalized police force will then be presented as the solution, he warned.
Al Sharpton has called for an “end” to local policing, with that function taken over by a nationalized police force.
And, of course, the tragic murders of the police officers in Dallas will be yet another talking point with those who want to disarm law-abiding American citizens.
With a former “community organizer” in residence in the White House, this is not surprising.
Laura J Alcorn