Even as this is written, St. Louis County officials have declared a State of Emergency and more demonstrations are planned for Monday night [St. Louis County issues State of Emergency, by Joe Millitzer, Fox 2 St. Louis, August 10, 2015]. Before Monday afternoon, 50 protesters had already been arrested [50 arrested in Ferguson protests downtown; state of emergency declared in county, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, August 10, 2015].
These included well known agitators Cornel West, DeRay McKesson, and Johnetta Elzie [Cornel West, Deray McKesson among dozens arrested in St. Louis Protests, by Goldie Taylor, Blue Nation Review, August 10, 2015] Leftist organizers disingenuously claim they want to keep demonstrations “peaceful” But even if we believe them, they have proven they can’t control the forces they have unleashed. Even St. Louis Alderman Antonio French, who has been a vocal supporter of the protests, found his possessions stolen after he tried to give shelter to protesters.
Tonight I let 4 guys run into the #HealSTL office to get away from the gunfire. While I was in the front, they stole laptops and iPads. SMH.— Antonio French (@AntonioFrench) August 10, 2015
Significantly, while the Main Stream Media shamelessly promotes the protests in Ferguson, there has been almost no mention of the two police officers who have already been murdered since the month began.
LaValley was laid to rest the day this article was written, with hundreds attending [Hundreds turn out for Ofc. Thomas LaValley’s funeral, KTBS 3, August 10, 2015].But in contrast to the burials of Michael Brown or Freddie Gray, the Obama Administration did not send a representative to honor Bolton or LaValley.
Though the MSM all but ignored the story, thousands of flag-waving Americans had lined the streets over the weekend to pay tribute as LaValley’s body was transported home for the funeral [Fallen SPD officer’s escort to S. LA draws thousands paying respects, by Troy Washington, MS News Now, August 8, 2015].
But were they waving the right flag? After all, every police officer in the country now knows if there is an interaction with a black suspect that comes to the attention of the federal government, his or her life will be utterly ruined by the ensuing investigation.
Even in the best case scenario, though Eric (“my people”) Holder’s own Department of Justice finally cleared Officer Darren Wilson in the Mike Brown shooting, Wilson is now “unemployable” for the crime of not allowing himself to be murdered [Darren Wilson: Ferguson made me unemployable, by John Bacon, USA Today, August 4, 2015].
This climate of fear has dangerous consequences. In Alabama, a police officer hesitated after a black man confronted him during a traffic stop. According to the head of the Fraternal Order of Police, the officer feared retribution if he used force against the unarmed man.
As a result, he was pistol whipped and left lying on the ground—while black passerby took pictures, posted them to social networking, and left taunting messages.
The alleged perpetrator was eventually captured, and as you probably have guessed, has a long criminal history including multiple convictions for robbery, assault, and other crimes [‘If the tables were turned… they would be rioting;: cops outraged after photos of bloody, pistol-whipped detective posted online—with support for the attack, by Dave Urbanski, The Blaze, August 9, 2015]
Naturally, the Republican Party has been silent on these developments. Indeed, it has decided now is the perfect time to roll out soft-on-crime policies in the hope that re-enfranchised black felons will vote for the party of tax cuts for the rich.
However, Republican frontrunner Donald Trump had a different take on the issue a few months ago:
[W]e have to give power back to the police because we have to have law and order. Hundreds of killings are in Baltimore. Hundreds of killings are in Chicago. And New York is not doing so great in terms of that front," [Trump] added. "We have to give strength and power back to the police. And you're always going to have mistakes made. And you're always going to have bad apples. But you can't let that stop the fact that police have to regain some control of this tremendous crime wave and killing wave that's happening in this country. [Trump: We must ‘give power back to the police,’ by Caitlin Macneil, Business Insider, April 3, 2015]Trump has also shown a willingness in the past to discuss the color of crime.
According to Bill O'Reilly, 80% of all the shootings in New York City are blacks-if you add Hispanics, that figure goes to 98%. 1% white.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 5, 2013
As with immigration, all it would take to change the national conversation on crime and violence is one speech, backed by some courage. Will Donald Trump fill the political vacuum by speaking against anti-police and anti-White violence?
Of course, the political climate being what it is, such a speech might lead to even more threats against the Donald. He’ll have to hire more security. My suggestion: hire Darren Wilson. He needs a job.
Paul Kersey[Email him] is the author of the blog SBPDL, and has published the books SBPDL Year One, Hollywood in Blackface and Escape From Detroit, Opiate of America: College Football in Black and White and Second City Confidential: The Black Experience in Chicagoland. His latest book is The Tragic City: Birmingham 1963-2013.