Did Dangerous Rhetoric Lead to a Cop’s Death

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Screen Shot 2015-07-31 at 10.43.57 PMThe reason #BlackLivesMatter is pissed with Bernie Sanders is because he voted to extradite Assata Shakur from Cuba, where the convicted cop killer and domestic terrorist has been granted political asylum.  Thanks to their bullying tactics #BlackLivesMatter has now been endorsed by the DNC.  I think it is going to be interesting.  I’m already noticing that their sites are being sanitized for the general public.  But, later on Monday, they came out to reject any offer of support from the DNC.

The Washington Post has a fascinating interactive study of police based shootings that result in death.  It isn’t racial.  Sorry, but it just isn’t.  Twice as many whites have been killed by cops this year as blacks.  So far this year, 82 cops have been killed in the line of duty.

Harris County Sheriff, Ron Hickman said that #BlackLivesMatter anti-cop rhetoric led to the execution style-murder of his deputy, Darren Goforth.  So far this year, cop related deaths by shooting are down by 21%.  There have been, so far, 23.  This is during all the heated rhetoric about cops, racism, and out of control cops.

“...The sheriff said the attack “strikes at the heart of law enforcement” and noted the “very dangerous national rhetoric that’s out there today.” And when it gets to a point where cops are being assassinated, he said, this rhetoric is “out of control.” “We’ve heard black lives matter,” he said, “all lives matter, well, cops’ lives matter too. So why don’t we drop the qualifier and just say ‘lives matter’ and take that to the bank?”…”

DeRay Mckesson, of #BlackLivesMatter, has rejected any possibility that rhetoric was responsible for the slaying of Goforth.

CBS News
CBS News

Unfortunately, the only clips I can find of the Minnesota march where #BlackLivesMatter were chanting “Pigs in a blanket, fry ’em like bacon” comes from either the Daily Caller, which is difficult to link, or FOX. I loath using anything from FOX, and haven’t done so in over 4 years.

You can also find a non-FOX twitter link:

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Twitter

What is so disgusting about all of this is that the people behind the better part of #BlackLivesMatter, have put together a fascinating plan for working with cops, policing the police.  Like this editorial in Bloomberg, it’s not a bad proposal.  I like 75% of it.  But, a few very bad creeps are hurting the whole movement.  I’ve been saying that all along.

“…Does that mean that the Black Lives Matter proposal is bad? Not at all. I think the suggestions range from “worthy of consideration” to “immediate moral imperative” (civil asset forfeiture, I am looking at you). But I have modest expectations for what the list is likely to achieve. At the end of the day, we still have to send police officers out to deal with our society’s most desperate moments. We have to give police considerable powers to do this, and those powers are inherently susceptible to abuse. We can curtail the worst of the abuses, demand more oversight, give them more guidelines. We can second guess the decisions, and punish the bad ones. But police are professionals: They’ll always be the ones making the life-and-death decisions that count….”

Let’s be brutally honest here.  #BlackLivesMatter was as responsible for the death of Darren Goforth as the Confederate Flag was responsible for the actions of Dylann Root.  Their over-the-top rhetoric is NOT responsible for any cop’s death.  They are also not to blame for truly sick or criminal individuals who are using the situation to continue their criminal activity.  In fact, read their statement on their FB page. Frankly, I don’t approve of their socialist supporters, or some of the people involved in the movement.  They are aligning themselves with anarchists, some of them prone to violence.  It is also intellectually dishonest.

“…But looking at the Black Lives Matter campaign in detail raises some worrying queries. For example, on its website, the group claims that “every 28 hours a black man, woman, or child is murdered by police or vigilante law enforcement.” That is a deeply questionable claim. According to the Washington Post, which is running a tally, 155 black people have been killed by police so far this year—out of 607 total. That is not quite one every 28 hours—but no matter. What is important, however, is that less than a tenth of this total was unarmed, 24 of whom were black. So to state that every black person killed by a police officer in a country as violent as America is “murdered” is inaccurate. Sure, 155 people killed by police is too many, and 607 is a problem, but of those who were black 85% were armed…”

Here’s the problem.  There are rumors that one of the inspirations for #BlackLivesMatter is Assata Shakur, a convicted cop killer and domestic terrorist.  The problem with this information is it comes from extreme right sources.  I trust them about as far as I can throw one of my cats and now be shredded to death by their claws.  In fact, I’m doing a no-link, to one of the highly dubious sources. To balance it is a history of their movement from the inside, and a more rational approach.

From what I can tell, there are some very dubious individuals involved in the whole movement.  From what I can tell, the worst of the worst is not involved in the #BlackLivesMatter movement, itself.  But, they are out there, unfortunately.  Currently, this is all the information I can confirm with any confidence.  Michael Brown is a terrible example of a martyr.  He committed three major acts of violence, on camera, in a span of just a few minutes, but that is over-looked, to demand the destruction of a cop who was only doing his job.  You can’t base a movement on defending a small-time hood who was a jail term waiting to happen.   You can’t build a viable movement on a group of people chanting about killing cops.

There are some very bad people out there who are using violent rhetoric to spread hate.  That is their First Amendment right.  I’ll the be the first to defend that right, and to allow them to make fools of themselves.   I have two problems here.  First is the fact that I’m not sure if this image is valid.  I’m trying to confirm the existence of these individuals and that they aren’t a far right set-up, which has been known to happen.   If this is true, there are people involved who are wanted by the cops.  There are also rumors that they are in contact with ISIS.  Right now, I can confirm none of this.

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FB

Here’s my problem.  People have a right to do and say what they want, as long as they do nothing illegal.  I don’t care how vile their rhetoric is, they have a right to say it.  I don’t think there is any doubt, any rational doubt that angry #BlackLiveMatter style rhetoric not only inspired the murder of a cop in Texas, but the two people in Virginia, last week.  Only a fool would go out and demand an end to all #BlackLivesMatter signs, slogans, chants, and placards.  Yes, I think both shootings were racially motivated, but I am not fool enough to think that they were the cause of either shooting.  It is just like I know the Confederate flag, and white supremacist hate was not the reason Dylann Root murdered nine decent men and women. What we have here is a very serious double standard. If you can’t see it, you may be part of the problem.

I finally found what I consider a viable source for the disgusting chant from over the weekend.

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