by Rick Boettger
The recent assassination of two innocent New York cops by a crazy man who wanted revenge for the killing of Eric Garner by other New York officers has appropriately outraged the nation. No one defends the revenge killing. I hope and pray nothing like it happens again.
But we as a nation must learn from not only the sins of others, but of our own. Our not-crazy enemies in ISIL waterboard orange-clad Americans in revenge for our having done the same to their people. Our terroristic drone attacks on civilians, even American teen-agers, is bound to redound back on us, planting the seeds of hate for another 9/11 style attack.
And on the streets of America with at least 7 times as many civilian deaths from police violence as there are police deaths from civilian violence, with rare sanction for deaths caused by the police, there are going to be consequences. Police are accepted, even respected for going after a cop-killer with no intention of taking him alive. But both the police and the citizenry seem to think it an unspeakable atrocity if the roles are reversed.
The 95% of good cops would never maintain a choke hold on someone pleading “I can’t breathe!” or brag “I dropped like a f***king bomb on his head!” after killing a man lying docilely in the sand. At some point they have to stop enabling this tiny minority that are not only breaking the law, bringing disrepute on their service, and, worst of all, actually endangering their own lives.
The two innocent police who died were, to be clear, killed by a crazed homicidal maniac. But the reason he put those two men in his sights was due to the sins of their bad brothers in blue. Currently, the police themselves go after cop-killers with ruthless vengeance. They try not to keep track of their own 1000-plus killings, while reverentially chronicling the 119 killed police officers. They, abetted, as I have written at length, by their police-loving citizenry and courts, make a mockery of our justice system by shamelessly lying on witness stands to protect each other.
Our police need to police themselves. We can’t do it for them. They should sanction their brothers when they are wrong because it is just, it is compassion for the citizens they are sworn to protect, and because it will keep their own lives safer. I’d like to see a sort of spiritual revival, and, from the ones I know, I believe they have it in them.
See also Walt Street Journal report: http://www.wsj.com/articles/hundreds-of-police-killings-are-uncounted-in-federal-statistics-1417577504