As the Mayor of New York spoke on behalf of the two officers who were gunned down by a mentally disabled man, the New York Police Officers collectively turned their backs in protest against the mayor because they felt that the officers’ death was some how connected to the protest against police brutality in New York.
Hundreds of officers turned their backs to Mayor Bill de Blasio, because de Blasio was disturbed by the chokehold death of Eric Garner and grand jury acquittal. Many of the NYPD blame the protesters for enticing Ismaayil Brinsley of Baltimore to shoot the officers.
According to witnesses, Brinsley shot and killed officers: Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos in response to the killing of Garner. Brinsley then ran away and killed himself. The anger of this led to squarely blaming protesters as well as to de Blasio for not supporting the police, and the ripple effect went across the nation to Los Angeles when retired LAPD officers did a parody of Jim Croce’s – Bad Bad Leroy Brown:
“Michael Brown learned a lesson
about a messin’ with a bad … police man
And he’s, bad, bad Michael Brown
Baddest thug in the whole darn town
Badder than an ol’ King Kong
Meaner than a junkyard dog
Two men took to fightin’
And Michael punched in through the door
and Michael looked like some old Swiss cheese
His brain was splatter on the floor.”
Yet there was relative silence when a couple out of Las Vegas, Nevada shot and killed two Nevada Police officers while eating lunch, according to Fox News.
Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Assistant Sheriff Kevin McMahill said at a press conference Monday that one of the suspects, 31-year-old Jerad Miller, left a swastika and a Gadsden flag — which features a coiled snake with the words “Don’t Tread on Me” — on top of the body of Officer Alyn Beck, 41.
Jerad Miller also laid a note on the body of officer Igor Soldo, 31, that said “this is the beginning of the revolution,” McMahill said. Both officers were gunned down inside Cici’s Pizza Sunday during their lunch break.
Though an old story, the Tea Party was never held responsible for the execution of the officers. Both Miller and his wife, Amanda, were apparently connected to the right-wing Tea Party movement and further actions and belief shows that they took the page right out of the Turner Diary, a right winged revolutionary diatribe about overthrowing the government and well, creating a white paradise. Timothy McVeigh also read the diary and blew up the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City, in response to the Waco incident
Anger and racism seem to be part and parcel in today’s society. Yet attitudes change. The anger we see today by the NYPD union and its members will change come 2016, especially when the Congress is taken over by the Republican. Many of the NYPD Officers will crawl back to de Blasio, especially when the Zadroga Act is about to be expired. What is the Zadroga Act? It’s the law that funds people who were sickened as well as the first responders whose health were devastated
The renewal of the bill will rely heavily on the members of Congress passing this bill as well as hard lobbying from Mayor de Blasio. Yet with the officers’ turning their backs on the one man who will work with them, after more than 150 Republican Congress members voted no to fund the act, sure seems silly and downright counter to what the union supports.
When I was in the 9/11 truth movement, many on the left and right sought to fund the First Responders and the people of New York, who were sickened by 9/11 dust. Back in 2011, 10 years after 9/11, President Obama signed to law the James L. Zadroga 9/11 Health & Compensation Act. This federal act helped paved the way for first responders as well as civilians in New York to receive medical care so they can leave a healthy and prosperous life.
Honestly? This was the answer to Michael Moore’s documentary Sicko, especially when he took some of the First Responders to Cuba for treatment. Republicans were fuming, because their so-called heroes were dumped by the RNC in the dirt to die. As we have seen, the only good First Responders were the ones who died, killed by Osama bin Laden and Al Qaeda…not ones who survived.
This is why I feel, even when Mayor Bill de Blasio was booed and heckled while speaking at NYPD academy graduation as written by fellow writer Justin Baragona, the officers will come back with their tails between their legs and demand that de Blasio support the refunding of the James L. Zadroga 9/11 Health & Compensation law for their brothers and sisters.
Getting back to the protesters, are the protesters responsible for the death of the officers? If yes, then the Tea Party is responsible for the death of the two Las Vegas officers. If de Blasio wasn’t truly a liberal and truly care about his officers, then the NYPD would have no issue if the James Zadroga Act is not renewed and de Blasio should not have to then lobby Congress, to protect the people of New York as well as the NYPD Officers…well de Blasio cares but the police is making it harder, by the immaturity of those sworn to protect and defend the Constitution and the people.
Tim’s first experience into journalism was at East Los Angeles College. Then Tim was a stringer for a local Japanese American Newspaper in Los Angeles. He then completed his Bachelors in Business and RECEIVED his MBA, but his desire to seek the truth has not been assuaged by fear of the 1% or their followers. When Tim isn’t doing his liberal thing, he enjoys sitting back, relaxing and listening to Rush…the band folks!