Cops will die because of Ferguson.
That’s the increasing likelihood as politicians, activists and media advocates across the country vilify law enforcement and the men and women who work in it.
Cops will die because of Ferguson.
They will certainly face increased danger, and so will we. The convergence of two unavoidable consequences of the rhetorical attack on the police will make that inevitable.
The first is the emboldening of those who would raise a fist or a gun against the police.
When you have the president of the United States – twice – criticize law enforcement, implying racism, and you have a parade of pastors and a litany of people interviewed on the evening news, all damning the police and calling them oppressors of blacks and the poor, you legitimize anger against the police.
And you make violence against the police more likely.
That fringe of the population that would attack a law-enforcement officer has one more set of loud voices shouting hatred at the cops. In Ferguson, it’s another night of rocks and bottles, gunshots and Molotov cocktails. Across America, it’s punks who throw punches or aim a gun and fire.
The narrative of cops as racist oppressors empowers and emboldens the violent. It gives a moral justification to their anger and in the split second of decision it unavoidably, played out over who knows how many situations across the country, pushes some into violent action.
Ferguson is going to make some people more likely to throw fists or lead at the cops.
But that is just one of the dynamics at play.
The other is within the police community itself.
Ferguson is going to make police officers less likely to defend themselves and others with deadly force.
The public destruction of the Ferguson officer, denounced by the president before the facts of the matter are even known, and the palpable hatred of him across the country, is going to give police officers pause.
It is going to make them second guess their judgment and training. The threat of trial by Sharpton and the media is intimidating.
And timid people end up dead.
The half moment of hesitancy that the Ferguson outcry will put into every officer’s reactions can be fatal.
Especially when combined with an enflamed criminal population.
The bad buys will be more aggressive and the good guys will be less aggressive.
And that means some good guys are going to end up dead.
When you scapegoat a group of people, you’ve got to realize there will be real-world consequences. And the nationwide attack on law enforcement which Ferguson has been exploited to justify will have real-world consequences.
Namely, dead cops.
Which will highlight one more odd inequity.
When a cop is killed, nobody holds a press conference for his family.
Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson and the Trayvon lawyer and everyone else trying to cash in on Ferguson should recognize that they are going to have blood on their hands.
That includes the president and the attorney general and all the activist reporters tweeting their indignation and condemnation.
If you throw gasoline on a fire, you’re responsible when somebody gets burned.
Right now, gasoline is being thrown on an entire profession. Law-enforcement officers of every stripe are being painted with a broad and hateful brush. It is not civil rights people are pursuing, it is defamation – the defamation of American law enforcement.
And that is crap.
Because your mom was right, the police man is your friend. And while nobody’s perfect and not every question can always be answered, there isn’t any confusion about who the good guys are and who the bad guys are.
One group lies in wait to rape and rob and kill, and the other came to work today ready to die, if need be, to protect you and your family.
And this isn’t just a matter of different races having different perspectives, this is a matter of truth and error, honesty and dishonesty. The narrative of oppressive white cops racially targeting black men is bunk, pure and simple. It is a lie.
A lie that is apt to cost a cop his life.