Now that two cops have been assassinated, a whole lot of folks are pointing at New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and race-baiter Al Sharpton. Both supported the recent none-too-peaceful, “kill-cops” protests.
Mayor de Blasio published this extraordinarily un-self-aware statement about those saying he has blood on his hands:
“It’s unfortunate that in a time of great tragedy, some would resort to the irresponsible, overheated rhetoric that angers and divides people.”
Really, Bill? Are you freaking serious?! You looked on and smiled while a whole bunch of angry and overheated people irresponsibly chanted, “What do we want? Dead cops!”
Sharpton issued a statement saying he condemned the double murder. Riiiiiiiiiiight. Al Sharpton said NOTHING when people chanted encouragement to kill cops. And for all his pimping and self-promotion in the alleged cause of ending RAAAACISM, he has never had a word of praise for cops of ANY color who have been killed while protecting Blacks.
So forgive me if I don’t give a damn about his crocodile tears now that a Hispanic cop and an Asian cop were gunned down by a Black thug for their heinous crime of sitting in a Black-and-White car while wearing Blue uniforms.
The New York Post published an excellent column about the blood on the hands of all those who chanted “What do we want? Dead cops!”
Thus does rhetoric have consequences.
There may have been just a single shooter in Bedford-Stuyvesant on Saturday afternoon. But New York’s failure to denounce without nuance the bloodlust that’s been boiling out of the corners of the Eric Garner-Michael Brown demonstrations for weeks now boils down to this:
There is blood on many hands this morning. …
It was, and it remains, the responsibility of protest organizers — such as they may be in the face of ubiquitous social media — to directly address murderous incantations, to unequivocally condemn those who call down harm on the city’s protectors.
And they didn’t do that. …
Violence against cops has gone mainstream — that is, violent threats to society itself can manifest virtually without a soul among the city’s elected leaders saying so much as boo.
Anybody who thinks [the shooter] wasn’t emboldened by City Hall’s placidity in the face of nihilistic, bloodthirsty incantations is delusional. …
It’s wrong to blame the protests wholly for the actions of one person … right up to the point when the protesters began to demand dead cops — and nobody put a stop to it.
Right up to the point where protesters began to drop full garbage cans 10 feet down on unsuspecting cops. …
You wanted dead cops, protesters? You got ’em.
- H/t Pistol Pete