Over the past couple of years there have been a growing number of incidents where law enforcement officers are being accused of crimes for carrying out their jobs and defending themselves. Most of the cases involve blacks and the majority of these cases involve blacks who refuse to cooperate with police and resist arrest.
The most high profile case of all was that of Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson. He tried to stop and question a black teen who matched the description of the person who just robbed a convenience store and assaulted the clerk. The teen, Michael Brown, attacked Wilson while he was still in his police car. Brown, who was a very large kid, hit Wilson so hard that it fractured his eye socket. Brown refused to stand back but continued his assault of Wilson who then feared for his life. Wilson ended up fatally shooting Brown.
Of course blacks everywhere went ballistic, refusing to accept the facts of the case. The riots nearly destroyed downtown Ferguson. Wilson ended up resigning from the Ferguson police department and for a time went into hiding for fear of retribution.
After Ferguson and other similar incidents where police were being persecuted for doing their jobs, I warned that this would have serious consequences for law enforcement everywhere. Police will begin to have second thoughts about their reactions to various situations. Those second thoughts will cause police officers to hesitate in their responses. Those hesitations could cost the officers their lives or the lives of others. It will allow criminals, especially black criminals, to control certain situations, allowing them to be more brazen and increase their chances of getting away with their crimes.
Now, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel is blaming police hesitation for the increase in crimes in the Windy City. Meeting with US Attorney General Loretta Lynch and other mayors in Washington DC, Emanuel stated:
“We have allowed our Police Department to get fetal, and it is having a direct consequence. They have pulled back from the ability to interdict … they don’t want to be a news story themselves, they don’t want their career ended early, and it’s having an impact.”
“What happened post-Baltimore, what happened post-Ferguson is having an impact. And I still believe recent events over the last year or 18 months have had an impact. And officers will tell you that. And I tried to speak up for the good officers that are doing community policing that make up the men and women of the Chicago Police Department.”
Emanuel’s statements come after Chicago has seen 50+ people shot each of two consecutive weekends. I pointed out at the beginning of the month that Chicago has some of the strictest gun control laws in the nation. I also pointed out that Baltimore also has strict gun control laws and like Chicago has high rates of crimes and gun violence.
I believe the increase in shootings and violent crimes in cities like Chicago and Baltimore are due largely to the strict gun control laws and police second guessing themselves in the wake of recent incidents. The strict gun control laws make it harder for law abiding citizens to obtain and own firearms to use for self-protection. Police second guessing themselves causes them to hesitate and sometimes refuse to act at all for fear of winding up being prosecuted for doing their jobs. Criminals in these cities are fully aware of both situations and are bound to start taking advantage of them.
As long as our nation is run by liberal anti-constitutional Democrats and black racists, the situation will only get worse. Lord help us if any of the Democratic candidates win next November.