The Political Attack on Police Ends

Dallas police officers at memorial service

With the incoming Trump administration, the political attack against the nation’s law enforcement officers, particularly local police officers, by the Democratic and liberal establishment, will swiftly end. Democrats and liberal ideologues used, and in effect, abused police officers, by repeatedly implying that local police officers in America are biased in their use of deadly force, a notion that is refuted by statistics on officer involved shootings, as reflected in the 2015 national study of police shootings by the Washington Post.

This unjustified political attack by the liberal establishment, and their ideological colleagues in the corporate media, in connection with incidents such as occurred in Ferguson Missouri, and Baltimore Maryland, was perpetrated in order to gain some political advantage by engendering fear of the police among blacks and other minority groups, and consequently, increasing their motivation to vote in national elections. This false premise about police officer attitudes diminished morale among police departments, and encouraged some unstable and easily influenced individuals to attack and in some horrific cases, assassinate police officers. The most heinous of these attacks occurred on July 7th of this year, in Dallas Texas, where Micah Xavier Johnson ambushed 14 police officers, murdering 5 and injuring 9 others. His motivation was retaliation for the purported unjustified use of deadly force by police officers against black Americans.

During the standoff, Mr. Johnson, who was black, told police negotiators that “he was upset about Black Lives Matter,” Chief Brown said. “He said he was upset about the recent police shootings. The suspect said he was upset at white people. The suspect stated he wanted to kill white people, especially white officers. (July 9 2016 NYT)

Tragically, this political attack against police officers has contributed to an attitude among some individuals, such as Mr. Johnson, that assassinating police officers is justified.

Most fortunately, for police officers, and the nation, with the election of Donald Trump, this political narrative no longer has any near-term political value; and thus it is unlikely to be employed in the foreseeable future. Moreover, Donald Trump, in respect of his visible support of the law enforcement community in America, will, by his words and actions after taking office, restore public confidence and to a great extent, the image of  police officers, and the broader law enforcement community, nationwide.

In the United States, a law enforcement officer is killed on average once every 61 hours.  Police officers assume the inherent dangers of policing in America each day. Thus, they continually earn, and deserve, the respect and appreciation of the people in the communities they protect and serve.

By Allen Sutton