The tragic news that two police officers in New York were targeted to be shot and killed at point-blank range was tragic. But it was quite predictable.
The wave of vilification of police was most intense in Missouri and New York; but the phenomenon spread across the entire country. Various parties were responsible for the manner in which this movement metastasized: the mainstream media, professional athletes, protesters, politicians and others fanned the flames.
Three truly awful leaders-- President Obama, Attorney General Eric Holder and Mayor Bill DeBlasio-- bear particular culpability. These three men had the opportunity to act as true leaders in the wake of these police incidents; but each unfortunately made the situation much worse with their public statements.
Here in Greensboro, we saw the usual forces jumping on the bandwagon, and amplifying the discussion. These included some within various print media; local protesters; certain misguided individuals who post items online; some of our elected officials; and even the local religious left, who are entirely clueless about so many things.
These people here in Greensboro who seek to vilify and/or undermine the police are all profoundly foolish. And the blood of the New York police officers is very much on their hands.
The inevitable conclusion of such anti-police efforts and messaging-- to the extent they take hold-- is diminished safety for police officers doing their jobs, and increased crime conditions. That is what these parties here in Greensboro seek-- whether they understand it or not.
I came of age during the 1970's witnessing repeated headlines on the front page of the New York Daily News announcing that yet another cop had been killed in the city. Those who politicize the grisly work of police are not merely wrong-headed. They do a lot of damage.