Monday, December 22, 2014

2 NYPD officers murdered

In apparent retaliation for police killings of unarmed blacks, two NYPD officers were shot while sitting in their vehicle.  This is outrageous and unacceptable, no matter what the grievances.  Ironically, the two officers killed were minorities.  RIP Ramos and Liu.  Protest leaders and families of the black victims have spoken out against revenge.  However this has not stopped some people from putting spin on tragedies for partisan advantage. (I am reminded of the calls for gun controls, which will not work, after every tragic gun killing.)  Here is one of the worst:

"In the raw hours following the killing of the officers, police union officials and politicians accused those who have protested the deaths of Garner and Brown of fanning anti-police fervor. Patrick Lynch, president of the Patrolman's Benevolent Association in New York, said there was "blood on the hands" of demonstrators and elected officials who have criticized police tactics."

Protesters worry that these murders of police will distract the public and derail reform movements.  Let's hope this doesn't happen.

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