More importantly, what point are they trying to make and did they make it?
Some members of the LVMPD were also scheduled to attend the Ramos funeral and if they turned their backs on the NY mayor in ‘solidarity’ with the locals, would this have been considered appropriate? The LVMPD doesn’t have a ‘beef’ with the mayor of New York, does it? I’m actually quite confident that members of the LVMPD who attended would
have acted professionally. I hope nobody proves me wrong.
So what was going on BEFORE the executions of two NYPD officers by a man with mental health issues, and is the ‘overplaying’ of all of these deaths going to result in any improvements?
Here is a brief timeline:
7/17/14: Eric Garner dies after an altercation with the police in New York; 8/9/14: Michael Brown dies after an altercation with the police in Ferguson, Missouri; 11/20/14: Akai Gurley dies after being shot by a rookie police officer in New York in what Commissioner Bill Bratton called a ‘bizzare mistake’; 11/22/14: Tamir Rice (a 12-year-old) dies after handling what turns out to be a toy gun in a park in Cleveland, Ohio; and 12/19/14: Two NYPD officers (Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu) are gunned down while sitting in their car in New York.
The death of Eric Garner after an altercation with police officers caused an uproar — not so much at the time that it happened, but after the officers were NOT indicted by the grand jury. Garner died in July, but there were a series of other highly publicized incidents after his death which added to the pressure-cooker. The grand jury in Ferguson also did NOT indict Officer Darren Wilson. The non-indictment of Wilson for Michael Brown’s death was announced on 11/25/14 and resulted in rioting that I watched late into the evening. The non-indictment of Daniel Pantaleo for Eric Garner’s death was announced only one week later, on 12/3/14, and things boiled over because of the media hype and the ‘promoters’ of one cause or another.
All of these ingredients came together and exploded.
Garner’s incident was on video and the ‘optics’ were not good — meaning it did not look good on the video. Officer Daniel Pantaleo had reached up to Garner and tried to control his head but it looked like, and at times was, a choke-hold. Even while on the ground, one officer still had his arm around Garner’s neck. Garner was saying, “I can’t breathe” and died an hour later at the hospital. The cause of death was ruled ‘homicide’ …so were the deaths of Michael Brown, Tamir Rice, and Akai Gurley. The deaths of the NYPD officers are also considered homicides. But guess what? The only deaths that will be considered MURDERS are the deaths of the two police officers. Any reasonable person should pause for a moment and try to understand the perception of the people concerned about the Garner, Brown, Rice, and
It isn’t hard to figure out where the phrase, “Black Lives Matter” comes from when you are spoon-fed just one side of a story. Nobody is going to jail for the deaths of four black men and they were not even called murders. Promoters like Al Sharpton incite the crowds, but it is true… there are also four black men dead (all involving THE POLICE) and there will be NO prosecutions for murder.
In comparison, there are two police officers dead (one Hispanic and one Asian) and, had the suspect not killed himself, he would have been charged with murder. Too many members of the public lack an understanding of our criminal justice and judicial systems. This should be considered to be an embarrassment to our country. Many people overreact because they are just uninformed or ignorant. Others just have nothing better to do but to get rowdy and try to achieve anarchy and they don’t even understand the ‘cause’ for which they are acting foolish. In my opinion, protesters are distinguished from rioters, and the police must tolerate peaceful protests.
So after the non-indictment resulting from the Garner death, Bill de Blasio didn’t show enough ‘love’ to the police officers (more accurately to the PBA). He was outspoken about his opinion and his alleged experiences and THE TALK he had to have with his son. That ‘talk’ is a good idea because it should include the importance of COMPLYING WITH THE COMMANDS OF THE POLICE. You are certainly less likely to be killed or injured (no matter what color you are) if you
follow directions given to you by someone who has a badge and a firearm. This would be true anywhere on the ‘streets’ because the person with the gun is likely to be in charge of the situation.
Police don’t take criticism very well. They don’t like to be criticized by the public or their supervisors. They don’t like to be critiqued by their peers. I learned this during a 25-year career and I also didn’t take criticism very well — especially when I thought I was doing right!
Police don’t take unjustified criticism very well either — actually they take it worse! If we were able to watch video of a half-dozen incidents like that involving Eric Garner where nobody died or was injured, would we possibly start thinking about a ‘better way’ to accomplish the objective, which was control and custody? I sure hope so. Corrections and improvements should be made continuously — NOT only after a death. There will always be cops who don’t think anyone
should say negative things about the police or a particular police incident (like Garner’s death), but one day they may reach a turning point. Maybe it will be when their teenage son gets bounced off the hood of a police car before he can identify himself. de Blasio (and others) believe the Garner incident was a tragic death, but it was also a ‘monkey pile’ — which is a term I recently read in a police magazine. It has nothing to do with ‘race’ or ‘ethnicity’; it means piling on when usually one person is on the bottom. Think of it as a goal line stand on the football field. Everyone is trying to do something but it turns into a mess and a mass of humanity. Police sometimes get involved in a struggle during an attempted takedown, which looks ugly and IS ugly because it is unplanned, uncoordinated, unpracticed, and ineffective. Many police officers are not highly skilled in defensive tactics; that is just a fact! They have to resort to unnecessary levels of force because of their lack of skills or even their lack of physical fitness… and because they either can’t or
refuse to COMMUNICATE respectfully, persuasively, and patiently. Eric Garner may have died from exertion just from running a block. He did not die of a choke-hold, but what is the narrative that has been
painted for the public?
Shortly after all of the controversy started brewing over Garner’s death and the non-indictment, I saw a post on Facebook from a police officer that I know in Las Vegas.
Make no mistake people… Garner did not comply with the officers but he also did not fight with them, strike at them, or make any overt attempts to harm them.
Based on their public comments, de Blasio (and others) were viewed with contempt by the Police Benevolent Association head who said, “We need a mayor to stand up with and for us.” Pat Lynch said his members feel as if de Blasio is “throwing them under the bus.” He said (BEFORE the assassinations of the two officers) that if there were police funeral, they would not invite de Blasio. Nobody could have expected two funerals so soon.
Was Lynch playing “Al Sharpton” by capitalizing the publicity platform after the shootings to PROMOTE his cause and attack the mayor? Is this tragedy being overplayed to swing the pendulum back in the other direction and get some of that pro-police sentiment back? I wonder what Police Commissioner Bill Bratton thinks of the loudmouth Lynch?
Better yet, I wonder what Lynch would look like if he was in the shoes of Pantaelo and tried applying takedown techniques from his era of policing?
Bratton has provided a sense of calm and reason in between the two factions. Bratton may be the only person displaying true leadership in the entire situation. He was on national TV speaking about people and how their perception is their reality. This would refer to how blacks may feel about the police. Do the police want to understand or accept this fact? Well, they sure do want the public to accept their ‘threat perception’ as their ‘reality’ after a deadly force incident, don’t
I really don’t think most municipal police officers (street cops) worry too much about their mayor. They are accountable to their police chief and much of the rest of it is just ‘politics.’ I don’t like seeing the protesters and rioters take advantage of any illegitimate SYMBOL and I also don’t like the idea that police all over America should now have a chip on their shoulders because of the problems between Lynch’s PBA and their mayor.
Unfortunately, many police officers have been killed under circumstances that just cannot be explained (Beck and Soldo in Las Vegas) and tragically many others — including four who were gunned down in a coffee shop in Lakewood, Washington in 2009. Most of the shooters acted alone and were already known to be convicted criminals or mentally unstable. I don’t recall reading that any of these types of cop-killers acted to promote a cause or make a political statement.
I also don’t recall any of these types of incidents leading the way to change the flagging public perception of the police.
Do Lynch and the PBA forget what police unions often do with their police chiefs? When they don’t get what they want they throw their police chief under the bus, which is what recently happened in Phoenix and frequently happens elsewhere. When Officer Pantaleo was questioned, he said he used a technique that he learned in the police academy… that can be construed as ‘throwing the police trainers under the bus’ for the purpose of assigning blame and possibly civil
What is likely to be true is that Pantaleo was not taught a ‘choke-hold’ or an ‘arm bar’ technique that would restrict airflow.
What is likely to be true is that NYPD defensive tactics trainers may be embarrassed by the ‘monkey pile’ that they saw on video and they may be privately saying that the group of officers handled the contact poorly. The Gracie brothers would be saying that their officers needed ‘skills’ and practice. That is a fact… not a judgment! Criminals may be more defiant and dangerous these days, but I see a whole lot of DEFIANT attitudes coming from the police these days as well. If they think they can keep doing what they have been doing, there will be a lot of job openings for new police officers.
In conclusion, did the ambush of the two NYPD officers at 3 p.m. on December 19 have anything to do with the anti-police protests across the country and the protesters who were chanting, “What do we want?” “DEAD COPS!” “When do we want it?” “NOW!”?
Did the MENTAL ILLNESS of the shooter in New Town, Connecticut or the GUN cause the deaths of dozens of school children?
The pendulum has swung from anti-police (after Ferguson, New York, and Cleveland, etc.) to pro-police after the NYPD officers were killed.
Chest-thumping union mouthpieces claiming that de Blasio has blood on his hands (after the shooting) and ‘social issue’ pimps like Al Sharpton, at the other extreme, are not getting us anywhere. The media has reported that race relations in America are worse now than in the recent past.
We need a true direction and a steady progress and improvement of the police in the future to promote order, trust, and respect… not a WRECKING BALL swinging back and forth doing any more destruction.
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