Monday, December 22, 2014

Murder Aftermath of NYPD Officers Turns Sadly Political

I've been absorbing a lot of the things that are being said about the gunned down NYPD officers, and it's gotten so sadly political.

Let's first remember Wenijan Liu and Rafael Ramos who paid the ultimate price in the line of duty.

These two officers were gunned down in cold blood by a sick and twisted individual who decided to co-opt the very legitimate protests of the Eric Garner Grand Jury case decision for his own personal misguided and vicious vendetta against law enforcement. The two things are sadly related but in a very tangential way.

Every person with credibility has denounced the murder of these two officers. That includes Bill De Blasio, the Mayor of New York and President Barack Obama.  Any person with credibility has denounced the idea that police officers should be killed in revenge for what has happened in Ferguson or in New York or anywhere else for that matter.  They shouldn't.  The violence needs to stop.

De Blasio is the Mayor of New York City and not only the Mayor of the NYPD. It's not his job to support 100 percent of the police tactics officers use nor is it his job to defend or encourage them to go outside of their bounds of brutality. He did not take a combat stance and fill a squad car full of bullets. The insinuation that he did or that because he has questioned policing tactics in the past caused this idiot to kill these two officers is concerning.

The reality is that these two men were killed because they were police officers. They were gunned down and assassinated in cold blood. This was an act of a deranged man.

We don't blame Jodie Foster for the assassination attempt on Ronald Reagan. We don't blame Sarah Palin for the assassination attempt on Gabrielle Giffords. We don't blame Marilyn Manson for the Columbine shooting rampage.

We should be blaming the death of these two public servants on Ismaaiyl Brinsley, the apparently deranged young man with a gun who took two men from their families and two brave officers off the streets in a senseless act of violence.

It should also be noted that a third officer was shot and killed in Pinellas County, Florida just a few hours after the two officers were gunned down in New York City.  

Officer Charles Kondek of the Tarpon Springs Police Department was shot and killed and then run over by Marco Antonio Parilla, Jr.  It was a simple noise complaint.  

Officer Kondek's family will see Parilla get his day in court.  My thoughts go out to all public safety families grieving today.

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