The tried assassination of two Los Angeles County deputies, caught on a safety video, is chilling and enraging sufficient.
A person walks up to the parked black-and-white cruiser and fires point-blank via the passenger window, then runs away. The stricken officers handle to stagger out of the automobile and name for help. They have whisked away to the hospital for emergency surgical procedures (and at the moment are, fortunately, recovering).
The assault was a heinous and cowardly act, however, what got here afterward was, if clearly a lot much less critical, infuriating in its personal proper.
A black man who had witnessed the Compton capturing or its rapid aftermath narrates what has occurred on video, his voice full of pleasure and pleasure. Using a slang time period for capturing somebody, he exults, “N - - - a just aired the police out, n - - - as!”
“It goes down in Compton!” he continues, the cruiser and the wounded officers in the background. “Oh, two sheriffs shot in the face!”
None of the numbers of folks on the sidewalk close to the novice videographer exhibits the slightest inclination to assist the officers. In truth, shouts will be heard of, “No justice, no peace,” which would appear grotesquely inappropriate — besides the go-to slogan of Black Lives Matter and different hard-left protesters has at all times carried the risk of violence.
The LA shooter has but to be apprehended, and his motive is unknown. Perhaps the assault was fully random or the attacker is mentally unwell. The perpetrator of the same ambush on officers in New York City in 2014, each murdered in chilly blood, mentioned in an Instagram publish that he carried out his assault to avenge Eric Garner and Michael Brown, each killed in police-involved incidents.
But there isn’t any getting around the sentiment of the bystanders or the rabble that confirmed up, disgracefully, at the hospital the place the officers have been taken, shouting abuse at the police ( “Oink, oink,” “Y’all going to die one by one”).
There are a number of issues to say about this. One is that these cretins apparently hadn’t gotten the message that BLM is supposedly all about reforming the police, relatively than expressing a complete, unthinking animus in opposition to the cops.
Another is that cops have to cope with these kinds of spontaneous hostile crowds all the time now in the course of their work, which makes it extra harmful and troublesome — with the residents of crime-ridden areas paying the steepest worth.
Finally, it ought to go without saying that it’s mistaken and deeply intolerant to flatten all law enforcement officials into stereotypes. The officers shot in LA have been a 31-year-old mom of a 6-year-old little one and a 24-year-old man, each of whom had solely joined the power just a little over a yr in the past. They aren’t symbols however actual individuals who need to be honored and revered.
Presumably, none of the elite members of the huge media, company, and cultural equipment that has made, nearly instantaneously, BLM a part of America’s civil faith helps killing cops or to insult them and their colleagues when they’re gunned down. But of their fervent embrace of a toxic and simplistic narrative about policing in America, they’re telling a lie about the cops, one repeated time and again and without problem in swaths of American life.
If the police are a racist, occupying power, why not resist and harass them? Why not contemplate all of them the similar — and all equally responsible?
It could be good if well-known folks bothered to learn the names of the wounded LA officers and held them up as heroes. It could be good in the event that they condemned not simply the ambush however the ensuing verbal abuse of the cops. It could be good in the event that they determined to stand for the nationwide anthem to pay tribute to the sacrifice of the LA officers and their fellow women and men in blue — however, all that might require extra respect for police than a lot of the American elite can deliver itself to muster in 2020.