When one policeman is ambushed and killed, we are all slain.
Coming just a month after two other incidents of ambush slayings of law enforcement officers, this weekend’s murder of a San Antonio, Texas police detective in his patrol car is another assault on the nation’s civic rule.
What is sad is the fact President Obama does not speak out about this white guardian of our lives killed, according to police, by a black man. There is no outrage from the leader who spoke out on very different events involving a black man.
In those other incidents where a white police officer was the shooter, events happened by chance.
Not so in this instance where the accused is reported to have waited outside the police station to choose a potential victim, again according to police accounts.
Clearly, this incident demanded some Presidential response. There instead was only silence.
This year and in the months leading up to it, police have been killed doing their duty: protecting lives.
In recent incidents, they have been shot while doing routine things such as writing tickets and flagging motorists for driving infractions.
The spate of recent killings, mostly from minority repeat offenders, may be putting our public safety institutions at risk.
Nor is the problem only striking big cities. For the first time in its history, bucolic Sanibel Island, Florida saw shots fired at police officers this past weekend.
Without a strong message from our present President and his Attorney General there seems in some communities an open season on attacking police officers. We may not be able to repair the resulting loosening of civilian law enforcement.
In Chicago, where murders of civilians are occurring at an unprecedented rate, it is reported police officers are being less vigilant in pursuing minor infractions for fear of raising antagonistic resident tempers.
Then too, in certain sections of Detroit and other cities, anecdotal evidence is mounting that police are leaving patrolling of certain Muslim dominated areas to informal civilian patrols. Police in New York City and New Jersey are under court ordered restraints from surveillance of radical Islamic groups.
With the ACLU and other groups seeking to further restrain police, it is difficult not to be fearful of a breakdown in community safety should these trends continue.
For the past eight years police have suffered from a Justice Department hell-bent on providing cover for lawless activity by favored groups or individuals. The just completed election showed how widespread the contrary feelings were for most Americans.
By nominating Alabama Senator Jefferson B. Sessions III for Attorney General, the incoming Trump administration has shown it will follow a different course. If as expected, the AG will be more even-handed in its approach to examining law enforcement procedures and incidents, police departments around the nation will be better able to combat such creeping ills as rampant opioid addiction, rising crime rates, chronic sexual assault increases, and narcotics trafficking upswings. For instance, many law enforcement experts believe “quality-of-life” or “broken-windows” reduction efforts through stop-and-frisk strategies work to reduce major crimes. This approach is actively discouraged under President Obama.
One way of showing President Trump’s support of police has been suggested by some officials. That is to invite one officer from every police department in the nation to walk in the inauguration parade on January 20th. This show of blue, grey, and brown support would go a long way to encouraging the men and women who protect the nation each day on its streets and alleys.
Without them, our nation would descend into anarchy for which there is no escape.