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October 15, 2014

The Predictable Result of Ferguson Hype

Not something to be proud of:

I’m a cop. A few weeks ago, two of my beat partners and I were called to an apartment in a fairly nice complex to help a mother and father with their 16-year-old son.

The son had no criminal history, and by all accounts was a decent kid. But he was having some problems at home — breaking things and making threats with a knife — and the parents needed our help.

When we finally located the son, who is of mixed ethnicity (Dad is white, Mom is Hispanic), he instantly began cussing and yelling at us. He took a fighting stance and said he was not going to do anything we told him.

Luckily, we were able to calm him and get him into handcuffs without any blows being thrown.

We asked why he was so hostile toward us. His response? Ferguson. The cops couldn’t be trusted because of what happened in Ferguson, Mo. He told us that he wanted to kill all white cops because of what “they” had done to Michael Brown.

...Since the shooting of Mike Brown, and the month-plus-long circus that followed, the number of law enforcement officers being shot in the line of duty has skyrocketed, but the average citizen has no idea this is happening.

...Did you know that in just three days last week, six cops were shot in the line of duty, one of whom was killed?

Oct. 7, Chicago: One officer, a captain, is shot in the face and chest. Other officers at the scene take fire and are pinned down by the suspect.

Oct. 8, North Las Vegas: An officer is shot during a gunfight with a suspect.

Oct. 8, Phoenix: An officer on a traffic stop is shot in the face. The suspects flee; the officer calls for help. Two other officers arrive and start rendering aid, only to come under fire from the suspects who circled back and attacked the responding officers.

Oct. 8, Oklahoma City: Two officers are shot by a suspect during the same event.

Oct. 9, Midland County, Texas: Sgt. Mike Naylor is shot and killed while responding to a report of a sexual assault.

Where are those stories in the national news?

What does it say about the media who make a victim out of a criminal, and ignore the good guys being injured and killed trying to keep society safe?

People ask me if things are different for cops since Ferguson.

Yes, yes they are.

Posted by Cassandra at October 15, 2014 08:02 AM

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To me it says that the days when people in this country instinctively trusted the police, are over. They have shot too many innocent men and they have deployed too many SWAT on midnight break-ins searching for low level pot dealers or in the wrong house altogether.
If we now believe and expect the worst from our own police and we no longer trust them to tell the truth, they failed us, we didn't fail them. Just think, 2 cops responded to a killing at the Empire State building and opened fire on a man who was disarming himself and in the course of shooting their weapons dry, shot nine innocent civilians who just happened to be downrange.

Posted by: Curtis at October 20, 2014 12:03 AM