SHREVEPORT – The war against law enforcement continues; Breitbart reports that graffiti calling for violence against police officers is spreading across Texas and it’s clear that this is a problem that can’t be ignored. Perhaps there is simply more media attention now on a problem that has always been there, but perhaps this problem is truly epidemic.
Yesterday, a man walked up to two officers stopped at a traffic light in Las Vegas and started shooting, hitting one of the officers in the hand. This is the second cop shooting in Vegas in three days. A few days ago an officer on a prowler call was shot in the leg.
Here in Louisiana, where we are still mourning the killing of Officer Thomas LeValley, Trooper Steven Vincent, and Officer Henry Nelson, we almost added another name to our list yesterday. In Shreveport, a man fired at officers, then led them on a high-speed chase through two parishes before crashing his car, drawing on officers once again, and losing his own life as a result.
Is this really happening more often, or are we just more aware of the assault on officers now? I’m not sure, and the FBI annual report for this sort of this hasn’t been updated since 2013.
But it does seem that tensions are too high, that rabble-rousers and paid protestors are fully engaged, and that our law enforcement officers are at a higher risk than ever before. When Houston Deputy Darren Goforth is executed from behind while pumping gas simply because he was wearing a uniform, we have a problem.
Peter Roff writing at US News & World Report is correct:
Most of all, however, the president needs to step up and give the nation one of his famous lectures on tolerance and understanding. If the people who have actually declared war on the thin blue will listen to anyone they will listen to him. He knows this, and his failure to exercise the responsibility it places on him makes him at fault, at least partially, for whatever happens next.
As I wrote a couple of weeks ago, Obama has no qualms in calling out the police when he thinks they are wrong; he should now call for tolerance and compassion.
Pat Austin blogs at And So it Goes in Shreveport.