NYC police assassinated
Take a bow, Mayor Bill de Blasio, Hero of the Revolution. You got what you were pushing for. After weeks of the Mayor treating his own police force like a gang of psychotic racist killers he couldn’t even trust to watch over his mixed-race son, in order to curry favor with the mobs of protesters filling the streets (often illegally, but apparently city ordinances don’t apply to such righteous crusaders), a particularly deranged protester murdered two police officers on Saturday afternoon. The New York Post reports on the killings:
“No warning, no provocation — they were quite simply assassinated, targeted for their uniform,” Police Commissioner William Bratton said.
Officers Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos were working overtime as part of an anti-terrorism drill in Bedford-Stuyvesant just before 3 p.m. when they were shot point-blank in the head by lone gunman Ismaaiyl Brinsley, 28, who had addresses in Georgia, Maryland and Brooklyn.
Moments after killing the two officers, Brinsley, too, was dead, having turned his gun on himself on a nearby subway platform as cops closed in.
Liu, 32, a newlywed of only two months, had seven years on the force; Ramos, 40, dad to two sons, had two years on the job.
Brinsley was a devotee of the Religion of Peace – a detail somehow left out of most mainstream-media accounts – but for some reason its teachings of gentle brotherly love did not curb his homicidal urges. He began the afternoon by shooting his ex-girlfriend in the stomach and posting such declarations on his Instagram page as, “I’m putting wings on pigs today” and “They take 1 of ours… let’s take 2 of theirs.” These notes were helpfully illustrated with a picture of Brinsley’s gun.
The killer contributed his thoughts to a hashtag called #ShootThePolice, which is a lively stream filled with blood-curdling commentary from a very large number of people. Reactions to the murder of Officers Liu and Ramos include, “Eric Garner died and they made a mockery of his death. So I’m suppose to feel bad now?”, “Street justice swings both ways,” and “good cop = dead cop,” along with plenty of explicit support for Brinsley’s actions. Twitchy spent the weekend collecting more Tweets from cop-killing enthusiasts, if you have the stomach for it, plus such celebrity-jackass contributions as rapper “The Game” quoting the last words of Eric Garner to sneer at the slain police officers, “I guess y’all ‘can’t breathe’ either.”
Some of these charming folks also got angry when the New York Yankees announced they would pay for the education of Officer Ramos’ two children, in accordance with owner George Steinbrenner’s long-standing custom of helping the families of fallen cops, because the Yankees didn’t pony up for Eric Garner’s kids. The Ferguson mob chipped in with a rousing chant of “Pigs in a blanket!” when the news from New York City reached Missouri.
The entire Left is currently quivering in a puddle of its collective urine, scared to death that conservatives will use the standards applied to them during the shameful rush to blame the Tucson shootings on Sarah Palin, Rush Limbaugh, the Tea Party, and everyone who thinks the government is too large. Scared cowards that they are, liberals are lashing out in editorials and blog posts across the nation, shrieking “don’t you dare hold us responsible for Ismaaiyl Brinsley the way we held you responsible for Jared Loughner!”
As can be seen from the social media traffic referenced above, the difference is that Tucson had absolutely nothing whatsoever to do with conservatives; Loughner never saw Sarah Palin’s electoral maps or listened to a Rush Limbaugh broadcast. The Michael Brown and Eric Garner mobs, on the other hand, have very direct connections to Brinsley’s actions, with a substantial number of them expressing everything from eager support to weary “the cops brought this on themselves” resignation. Political leaders such as Mayor de Blasio, and well-connected members of the liberal power elite like Al Sharpton, fed into this… what was the term you lefties loved to use, back when you started trying to slander decent people for the Tucson shootings before the bodies were even cold? Ah, yes…. this “Climate of Hate.” You made racism the worst crime in America, creating an atmosphere in which the accused are presumed guilty, with very little chance of establishing their innocence. You told a mob of people made desperate by your lousy economic policies and incompetent left-wing government officials that the police were hunting them for sport.
The NYPD is certainly mindful of this linkage, because when de Blasio arrived for a press conference at the hospital where Liu and Ramos were pronounced dead, police officers in attendance turned their backs on him. The New York Post captures the tension between New York City cops and the mayor:
Earlier, de Blasio approached a cluster of cops at the Brooklyn Hospital and offered, “We’re all in this together.”
“No we’re not,” an officer replied tersely, according to a cop who witnessed the icy scene.
The rank-and-file’s anger at the mayor was palpable citywide.
“It’s f–king open season on us right now,” one officer said. “When is he going to step up?”
Speaking moments after the bodies of Officers Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu were driven away, as hundreds of cops stood at somber attention, Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association President Patrick Lynch said, “There’s blood on many hands tonight.”
“That blood . . . starts on the steps of City Hall, in the Office of the Mayor,” he said.
“De Blasio’s comments have given license to the anti-police activists and thugs to attack the police,” added retired NYPD homicide lieutenant and author Vernon Geberth. “His comments have been absolutely despicable. Telling his son he should be afraid of the police? I’m not surprised these two police officers have been assassinated as a direct result of de Blasio’s comments.”
Former NYC mayor Rudy Giuliani emerged as one of de Blasio’s strongest critics over the weekend, blaming the Mayor and others, including President Obama, for pumping out months of propaganda that told demonstrators, “the police are bad, the police are racist, they’re wrong.”
Giuliani noted that there had been several other assaults on police officers of the past few days, a “tremendous amount of violence” that he would not have allowed as mayor. “They would not have been allowed to control the bridge,” he said, referring to the demonstrators shutting down the Brooklyn Bridge. “People don’t get to take a public bridge from the public. I don’t know if New York City officials realize if you close down streets in New York City, you’ll kill people.” Oh, I think they realize that, Mr. Giuliani – they certainly brought it up often enough when they were trying to pin the George Washington Bridge lane closing in New Jersey on Governor Chris Christie. They just choose not to mention it when they’re covering for a mob action useful to the Left.
Of course, characters like de Blasio are scrambling to retract their most incendiary statements and pouring forth a geyser of tears over these murders. It doesn’t take very finely-honed political instincts for them to realize they’ve gone too far. But this horror also resulted from what they didn’t do. They didn’t stand up for the rule of law. They indulged the worst paranoid fantasies of angry mobs, because they wanted to be seen as “down with the struggle” by those whose votes Democrats must harvest in order to win elections. People who could have short-circuited the racism narrative constructed without a shred of evidence around the deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner were instead content to indulge those bleak fantasies, assuring the mob that their concerns about police racism were well-founded. Democrat city officials haven’t even been willing to enforce the rules surrounding street demonstrations – a willful dereliction of duty that telegraphs the message, your cause is so righteous that mere city ordinances don’t apply to you.
That goes all the way up to President Obama, who – predictably but still incredibly – strolled off the golf course to dump a brief statement, made a phone call to the NYPD commissioner, and then returned to the links in Hawaii. Obama’s statement began with, “I unconditionally condemn today’s murder of two police officers in New York City”… because if he didn’t say that, we might wonder if his condemnation really was unconditional. Not that he’s worried about what his political adversaries (i.e. most of working America) think – he just needed to go on the record with unconditional condemnation because he knows damn well how much he and outgoing Attorney General Eric Holder have contributed to the atmosphere of racial tension in this country, and how the Ferguson and Garner mobs have been carefully led to believe Obama endorses their actions. Now that things have escalated to murderous violence – with the promise of more blood in the wind, as Obama’s political advisers would have told him after reviewing all that ugly social-media traffic and video of protesters chanting “What do we want? Dead cops!” – the President knows he has to start pulling back. He has to create a chasm of deniability into which all his loyal little Internet robots can flood, purple-faced with outrage that anyone would dare to criticize their beloved leader for not doing more to disperse the mobs and head off the avalanche of ugly rhetoric.
Maybe now we’ll get Obama telling the mob that they’re on the “wrong side of history.” Maybe he’ll start talking about how his imaginary son could have been an NYPD officer. Maybe he’ll say some of the things he was uniquely positioned to say a month ago that could have reinforced his voters’ appreciation for both the rule of law, and those who enforce it. If nothing else, one suspects the more shameful antics of Democrat politicians will be suspended. We’ve probably seen our last “Hands Up, Don’t Shoot!” performance on the House floor for a while.
Not all of the social-media traffic over the weekend came from thugs and their enablers. Hashtags to support the police, such as #NYPDLivesMatter, have been created. Officer Rafael Ramos’ son Jaden said farewell to his father on Facebook:
Today I had to say bye to my father. He was their for me everyday of my life, he was the best father I could cask for. It’s horrible that someone gets shot dead just for being a police officer. Everyone says they hate cops but they are the people that they call for help. I will always love you and I will never forget you. RIP Dad.
Today is the worst day of my life.
Bill de Blasio should fall on both knees before this young man and tender his resignation to the tops of Jaden Ramos’ shoes. He shames every one of the worse-than-useless opportunistic politicians who indulged the paranoia and hatred of the mob, to further “transformation of America” ideology and pander for votes.
Update: As actor James Woods pointed out, this would be a good time for Sony Pictures to seriously rethink its relationship with blood-splattered race hustler Al Sharpton. Mr. Woods did not make this point half-heartedly:
Sony has hired race racketeer and tax cheat, Al Sharpton, for its board. Imagine this: #BoycottSony until he’s ousted.
— James Woods (@RealJamesWoods) December 21, 2014
— James Woods (@RealJamesWoods) December 21, 2014