By John Ruberry
In regards to police, I learned as a child one basic lesson: do what they say and obey the law. But during my childhood in the late 1960s is when the anti-cop movement began. Some of that bias is understandable, given the overt racism of such police leaders as Birmingham, Alabama’s “Bull” Connor. In 1968, Chicago Mayor Richard J. Daley’s police clubbed and tear gassed anti-war protesters on live TV as the Democratic National Convention was being held a few miles away. The protesters disciples of Gandhi, they tossed rocks, boulders, and bags of feces mixed with urine at the cops.
The mayhem helped elect Richard M. Nixon president.
Polls conducted after the DNC determined that most Americans favored Daley’s clampdown on the protesters, but Chicago’s Boss, a Democrat, was hated by the what was then called the New Left until his death in office eight years later.
But the New Left is now the Left and it makes up the bulk of the contemporary Democratic Party.
Details are still sketchy on the death of unarmed black teen Michael Brown earlier this month in Ferguson, Missouri. It appears he did not obey the law–it’s believed Brown stole $48 worth of cigars in a strongarm robbery and he may have rushed the police before a police officer fatally wounded him. Brown probably didn’t properly respond to what the Ferguson cops told him to do.
The unworthy successors of Martin Luther King’s civil rights movement, leftist race hustlers Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton, utilize the police as a straw man enemy to obscure some painful facts. The great majority of blacks murdered are killed by other blacks. Most blacks are who are robbed are robbed by other blacks. The drug dealers in African-American neighborhoods are almost exclusively black.
So no one should be surprised that within just a few hours of Brown’s death, some Ferguson residents were chanting, “Kill the police!” As I write this post, Jackson and Sharpton are in Ferguson.
Two years ago I went undercover and walked in an Occupy Chicago-affiliated “F*ck the Police” rally.
America’s first black president, Barack Obama, betrayed his anti-police bias when, bereft of most of the facts, he declared that the police acted “stupidly” when a Massachusetts cop arrested a Harvard professor when it appeared he was breaking into a home five years ago, which turned out to be his own. Charges were dropped against Gates, and the justifiable backlash led Obama to call his bias-slip “a teachable moment.”
Police officers put their lives on the line every day they arrive at work.
Forty-one years earlier, Obama’s friend and unrepentant terrorist Bill Ayers was arrested at one of the anti-war protests during the Democratic National Convention.
It’s the left-wing circle of life.
Yeah, I know there are a few bad police officers who abuse their power, as there are in all professions. But life is much easier when you listen to cops.
John Ruberry regularly blogs at Marathon Pundit.