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Political Editors / May 17, 2016

Race-Baiting Cop Critic Awards Medals of Valor to Police

Obama spent years accusing law enforcement of being racist.

Barack Obama awarded 13 police officers the Medal of Valor for their courage in the line of duty Monday, but Obama wasn’t the person who should have draped the medals around the officers’ necks. He’s spent his entire tenure in office — ever since accusing Cambridge, Massachusetts, police of “acting stupidly” in the summer of 2009 — advancing rhetoric that accused law enforcement of being racist. When riots broke out in Ferguson after the justified shooting death of Michael Brown, Obama sympathized not with law enforcement but the protesters, saying it was “an understandable reaction.” He assembled a task force to investigate racism in local police departments around the country. More recently, the federal government piled on the charges against Michael Slager, the officer who was filmed shooting Walter Scott in the back, in attempt to further this narrative. Officers have paid with their lives.

This year, the Medal of Valor was given to such men as Mario Gutierrez, a Miami-Dade officer who, despite multiple stab wounds, subdued a man with a knife who was trying to set off a gas explosion. Or consider Gregory Stevens, who last year stood between a convention center full of people attending a draw-Muhammad art contest and two Islamic jihadis intent on causing as much destruction as possible. Officers like these are undoubtedly deserving of recognition. Yet this year’s Medals of Valor were awarded by a man who has consistently undermined police departments and contributed to rising crime and insecurity around the nation.

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