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Thomas Gallatin / Sep. 17, 2020

Cops Under Siege

Abused and attacked, some officers won't serve communities that hate them.

On September 12, one day after the nation had somberly remembered the 19th anniversary of 9/11, two sheriff’s deputies were ambushed and shot in broad daylight in Los Angeles while sitting in their cruiser. As they were undergoing life-saving surgery in an area hospital, several protesters showed up outside chanting “We hope they die!” and celebrating the attack on the officers. Fortunately, both deputies are expected to survive. The mainstream media gave little coverage of the assault and almost entirely ignored the despicable protests of the wounded officers. They must protect the false narrative.

In Chicago on Monday, Police Superintendent David Brown noted that attacks against his officers are up “five times any previous year that anyone can recall in this city.” Brown explained that 65 of the Chicago PD’s officers have been shot at with 10 having been hit. Meanwhile, Chicago saw 72 people shot just last week, and for the year to date, 2,870 people have been shot. How many were shot by police? Twelve — a fact avoided by the Leftmedia, which continues to push the false narrative of “systemically racist” cops.

A police officer with the Asheville Police Department in North Carolina tendered his resignation last month along with a letter published in the local newspaper explaining that the job “has taken a toll on my personal life.” He stated, “I’ve come to the conclusion that APD is tasked with stopping societal issues, and disorder, but it is not within our capacity. We can only put a bandaid on these issues. Strong communities are the real remedy.” This officer, who had served 10 years, was one of 31 other APD officers who have resigned since June 1 from a police force compromised of just 238 officers. Part of the reason for the resignations is the fact that Asheville’s residents, stirred up by Black Lives Matter activists, have called for defunding the police and will vote on September 22 whether to cut the APD’s budget.

Meanwhile in Minneapolis, the city where all the anti-police protesting and rioting first began, officials have started to panic over the lack of law enforcement as violent crime spikes. The Minneapolis City Council, which back in June unanimously voted to replace the police department with a “community-led public safety system,” is now asking, “Where are the police?”

This is what happens when a community falsely demonizes those who daily put their lives on the line to protect and serve the community by enforcing the law. Those who are unfairly demonized and even attacked will eventually leave. Sadly, it appears that these cities are reaping the consequences of foolish decisions to brand the good as racist and corrupt while labeling the criminal as innocent. To date nationwide, 43 law enforcement officers have been killed — a 43% increase over last year. Our cops are clearly under siege.

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