It has come to this.
Two Los Angeles County sheriff deputies are shot in the head execution style by a gunman that walked up to their parked patrol car outside the Compton Metro station Saturday night and started firing inches from a passenger-side window.
They were taken to a hospital where protestors gathered blocking emergency room access for other ambulances while shouting the following gems at other deputies that had to keep the protestors from storming the hospital:
“Death to the police.”
“Let them die.”
“I hope they f - - - - - - die.”
“Kill the police.”
Some in the City of Angels are clearly under the spell of the devil.
The senseless shooting with neither warning nor provocation was bad enough. But for “protesters” to then gather outside the hospital screaming for the deputies to die and for all police to be killed shows just how barbaric the “summer of love” — as proclaimed by Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan regarding the never-ending protests targeting police that often turned violent in that city — has become.
One would hope those that gathered outside the hospital with a thirst for death that channels the sadistic act of throwing Christians and other prisoners to the lions before cheering Coliseum crowds would take a long look at themselves in the mirror.
But that would be impossible given just like mythical vampires who can’t see their reflection in mirrors they have no soul.
Tensions are clearly on edge in Compton which is not exactly a wealthy enclave of Los Angeles County. Various stories have quoted residents that are not only fearful of heightened tensions between police and protestors the shooting is causing but also how safe they and their families truly are.
If police aren’t safe from such soulless behavior how safe is anyone?
Many of us have been in denial that the systemic burning and looting of neighborhoods that has been going on since spring is not a big deal because they aren’t “riots.” But if they are not riots, what are they? They clearly aren’t protests.
The worst part of such “peaceful” protests is that the damage being done is borne by those that are in the community.
If the LA execution-style shooting is being justified in some dark corners of our nation as being an “eye for an eye” type of justice, those uttering such anti-societal dribble certainly need to get a better gripe on idioms. Exactly what high crimes against humanity did the two deputies shot in the head do? The deputies — the woman who has a 6-year-old son was 31 and the man 24 — graduated from the academy 14 months ago. No one has unearthed any evidence they abused the power they were entrusted with or the laws they swore to upheld.
Yet a mob gathered outside a hospital where they were fighting for their lives essentially prematurely dancing on their graves.
Is not the continued venom and projectiles being thrown in grenade fashion against police a kissing cousin of what we have been lectured at non-stop for months about what is wrong with our society using the term “systemic racism”?
How do you square concerns about systemic racism against a full-court assault on law enforcement that is based on the assumption all cops are evil. If systemic racism is indeed all encompassing as is often asserted how does that stand against the ongoing war on police that has been allowed to go on for months thanks to civic leaders glossing over systemic violence by those that are hijacking a legitimate protest movement?
Ironically the never-ending slamming of the police in the streets of cities is taking out individuals credited with moving reforms forward who happened to be Black.
Last week two Black police chiefs resigned under pressure — La’Ron Singletary in Rochester and Renee Hall in Dallas who was the first Black woman to lead that department. Previously Carmen Best resigned as police chief of Seattle after that “progressive” council gave in to the “defund the police” movement.
Detroit’s Black police Chief James Craig is pushing back.
Two weeks ago Democratic politicians including Michigan Rep. Rashida Tliab sent a letter to Detroit officials including Craig urging an investigation into Detroit police tactics when they are dealing with “protesters”.
Craig responded thanks to the fact his mayor — Mike Duggan who is a Democrat — not only supports him but refrains from micromanaging police to score political points.
Craig issued a statement in response to the letter by stating, “What really disturbs me is that when the protesters assaulted Detroit police officers with rocks, railroad spikes, and fireworks, never once did these representatives ask for an independent investigation into their violent criminal activity.”
The original Summer of Love in San Francisco during 1968 saw “protesters” handing flowers to police officers. Compare that to this years ‘Summer of Love” that saw “protestors” in Seattle pour quick drying cents to the doors of a precinct station with officers inside while setting the building on fire.
The boldness of the move is the direct result of the blind buy-in a number of politicians have had to the narrative that only a handful of protesters were violent and that their actions never justified the police using force of any type. By refusing to denounce the violence against police and then handcuffing law enforcement through micromanaging the rules of engagement, those leaders have only emboldened some protestors.
And if they really aren’t connected to the “Defund the Police” movement, then leaders have provided cover for lawlessness and physical attacks on police.
Everyone from the mayor to the district attorney bought into it to such a degree in Portland that protestors arrested were essentially issued immunity cards as they were ordered released hours after their arrested because the DA refused to prosecute them.
It is popular in many cities these days to elevate social justice above law and order.
The execution style shooting of two deputies in Los Angeles to the lynch mob scene outside the hospital is what happens when social justice and law and order are not interwoven and one elevated above another.
The thin blue line is getting thinner with each passing day thanks to the non-stop rhetoric war. Keep turning the volume high enough and you embolden people on the fringe to do despicable acts either in the name of social justice or using the rhetoric as a Trojan horse for anarchy. And in doing so it damages the legitimate reform movement.
It is not simply two police officers that were shot. Bullets were unloaded into the social fabric that holds a nation together.
Someone emboldened enough to ambush two officers who have the means to fire back is likely to show little restraint in killing anyone associated with groups or ideologies that they dislike.
If you literally support the catch phrase “defund the police” you may not have the stomach for what will unfold.
This column is the opinion of Dennis Wyatt, and does not necessarily represent the opinion of The Ceres Courier or Morris Newspaper Corp. of CA.