Mad, Mad World
Saturday morning in Brooklyn, a lone gunman walked up to the patrol car of New York Police Department officers Wenjian Liu, 32, and Rafael Ramos aged 41. The shooter was 28-year old Ismaaiyl Brinsley, who just the day before had shot his Baltimore-area girlfriend, opened fire on both men at point-blank range. Both were dead at the scene. The victims were innocent family men, simply sitting in their car, doing their job. The shooter was a gang member, who fled the scene before taking his own life.
Much of New York, and the nation for that matter, are in shock and mourning at this heinous and ridiculous act. In the aftermath of this barbaric act, politics has inevitably come to play. The head of the NYPD’s Benevolence Fund railed against protesters, and New York City’s Mayor Bill De Blasio, claiming that there was “blood on many hands…especially at City Hall.” Former NYC Mayor Rudy Guliani, who presided over the city when unarmed West-African immigrant Amadou Diallo was shot (and killed) 19 times by four white police officers (all four were acquitted), criticized the President and “Black Leaders” for “stoking anti-police hatred.”
Fox News Channel’s Jeanine Pirro also blamed the Mayor for the crime, but also made sure to pass the buck along to the President, Attorney General and Al Sharpton.
Everyone is being blamed for the killing of 2 officers, except for the person that actually killed the 2 officers.
I came across an excellent article about the events that unfolded Saturday (read it here), that got me to think “what if we turned off the politicking, and focused on the issues?” “What if, instead of stumping for the party and walking lockstep with what the ‘leadership’ calls out, we actually took the time to think with our hearts?” I believe Mr. Raushenbush has the right idea. It’s a shame he isn’t in front of a microphone, screaming his ‘beliefs’ like so many others, from all points of view are doing.
Many are choosing to ignore history and facts; New York city does not have a glowing record when it comes to interaction between minorities and law enforcement. That in no way justifies or absolves any violence that this particular disturbed individual exacted against two innocent, dutiful officers. Not every person that an officer stops, arrests or shoots is innocent. Of this I’m certain. However, not every officer is some wild, ruthless thug in a badge. Many, simply want to do their jobs and go home to their families.
Until next time, please remember that we are all running the same race. We all have the same wants, desires and concerns. Our skin color doesn’t make us evil. Our profession doesn’t inherently make us bad people. The few black men that choose the commit crimes don’t make me a criminal. The few bad police officers don’t taint the entire group. The same respect you demand, is the same respect that I expect.
Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Be safe…