One of the ways that our liberty can be threatened, or diminished, is when certain elements in our society do the Chicken Little routine and attempt to create a false crisis, which then leads to consequences that are adverse to our liberty interests.
Certain elements are attempting to create a false crisis right now. The false crisis they’re attempting to create is the “War on Police.”
The pitch is that 7 officers have been killed in 8 days and THAT most certainly tells any thinking American that there is a War on Police. That’s the pitch – but it’s bullshit.
The false claim of a War on Police crystalized on Aug 28th when Shannon Miles – a black man – executed Harris County deputy Darren Goforth in cold blood from behind, Deputy Goforth was white. I mention their respective races because the shit-disturbers use that as they package their lies.
There are 5 types of people, or entities, that are promoting the lie that there is a War on Police.
First – The news media – most specifically Fox and CNN.
Second – Politically motivated Sheriff’s and Police Chiefs.
Third – Cops who see this as a very timely way of dodging the rising public demand for greater transparency and accountability concerning needless and illegal police violence.
Fourth – Cop worshippers
Fifth – Social Media Drama Queens.
Television is a dying medium. The ratings are abysmal and ad revenues are way down. But Neilson data shows that viewership soars during a perceived crisis. Whether the crisis is real or contrived is irrelevant. In order to push ratings higher, the network news departments now actively and intentionally attempt to convince the public that every tragedy is actually a full-blown public crisis. They’re fabricating this so-called “War on Police” to keep you tuning in – in other words, for ratings, which translate directly into ad revenues.
Some politically oriented police executives see a lot of mileage in promoting this fabrication. The Sheriff of Milwaukee County, David Clarke, is one such asswipe. Clarke sees himself holding much more prestigious political office than merely that of sheriff, and he’s using the corpse of Darren Goforth to get himself in front of the media’s cameras again. Clarke has experienced a fair degree of political popularity in the role of a black conservative police executive. When in front of the cameras, in order to keep his “conservative” political base happy, he immediately blamed Obama for the deaths of the fallen police officers. But if he truly fancies himself a conservative, perhaps he should pay attention to Ronald Reagan, who was adamant that the only person in society who should ever be held accountable for the acts of a criminal, is the criminal himself. Clarke can call himself conservative, a liberal, or anything in between. What he really is, is a self-promoting manipulative asswipe. You’re probably going to be seeing more of Clarke in the future, so don’t be fooled by this self-promoting opportunist.
The timing of the deaths of these 7 officers could not be more fortuitous for cops who dread the growing public calls for greater transparency and accountability concerning police violence. If the public can be convinced that this fabricated crisis is real, the call for greater transparency and accountability will be silenced – or at least substantially muted – by claiming that anyone who questions police use of violence supports cops being assassinated. Talk about smarmy!
Cop worshippers are having a field day with the false claim of a “War on Police”. They hate that police were going to be held to a higher degree of accountable for needless or illegal violence. Anything that prevents that is good news to cop worshippers.
So…who opposes the false narrative of a “War on Police”?
Americans who are intelligent, think rationally, and actually care about the facts.
So what are these facts? Good question. Glad you asked!
First, remember those 7 officer killed in 8 days? If they’re being used to promote the notion that there is a “War on Police” you’d expect they were murdered by bad guys, yes? Well, that’s not true of more than half of them!
Henry Nelson of the Sunset Louisiana Police Department was, in fact, murdered at the scene of a domestic dispute gone bad. But there’s some question of exactly how officer Nelson conducted himself because he was murdered by his own cousin. And being murdered by a family member doesn’t support the idea of a nationwide “War on Police”.
Peggy Vassallo, a Missouri police officer, was struck by a motorist – by accident – as she stood in the roadway talking to another driver with whom she’d been involved in her own traffic accident. And she was off duty at the time. How is that a “War on Police”.
Missouri State Trooper James Bava drove his cruiser off the road and died in the accident. The accident is still under investigation, but what is clear is that no other vehicles were involved. Again, how does this support the idea of a “War on Police”?
Chad Wolf, a Michigan state trooper, died in a horrible traffic accident in which he was dragged under a flatbed trailer. But the 72 year old driver never knew his trailer had collided with Wolf’s motorcycle. In other words, it was a traffic accident, not an attack on a police officer.
Harris County Detention Officer Tronoski Jones died after getting in a verbal altercation with a prisoner. How does one die from a verbal altercation? Well, the coroner ruled that Jones died of natural causes, not a homicide. Turns out he had advance heart disease and the stress of the job was simply too much for his ill heart. No one attacked him and no one intended for him to die.
As you can see, three of the seven officers offered as evidence of this “War on Police” weren’t murdered at all, and one was murdered by a family member. Those who claim a “War on Police” aen’t looking very credible.
Police deaths, like everything else in life, fluctuate year to year. Some years are higher, and other lower. So where do we stand now?
In a June 30th, 2015 article entitled, “Fewer Police Officers Shot and Killed in 2015 than 2014”, the Washington Post posed that question to its readers.
Here’s the answer: “Overall…statistics suggest that being a police officer has gotten much safer over the past few decades.” The article goes on to explain that while the number of officers murdered in 2014 almost doubled – at 51 – from the number in 2013, that number is still dramatically lower than what the country saw in previous decades.
So where are we right now? I’m recording this on Sept 1st, 2015 and the number of murdered officers so far for 2015 stands at 19. If that rate continues through the last three months of the year, the final number will be 25. That’s less than half the officer murders in 2014. So…police deaths falling by more than 50% from last year is evidence of a “War on Police”?
Despite the FACTS, I’ve had people tell me that to know there’s a war on police all one need do is look around? What?! No. Let me give you an analogy to illustrate why that’s a nonsense statement.
Some Christians believe homosexuals should be executed. I’ve actually had Christians say that to my face. Yet other Christians say that since Jesus never spoke a word of condemnation about homosexuals, neither should anyone else. The point is that when people just “look around” they see whatever they’re predisposed to see. That’s why if we care about the truth – rather than being a drama queen – we have to rely on evidence.
And here’s an interesting piece of evidence for you. As we’ve discussed, if the current rate of police murders remains constant for the last part of the year, the total number for 2015 will be 25. That number can be mathematically characterized as .0038% – or 38 deaths per million cops. The murder rate for the general public is 47 per million. That means one is 19% less likely to be murdered as a police officer than as an ordinary citizen. How come you don’t hear that statistic from the police industry and the cop worshippers?
It’s also interesting to note that whatever year we’re talking about – 2012, 2013, 2014, or 2015, the number of police deaths is FAR lower than many previous years. As an example, total police deaths in 2001 were more than double what they were in 2014. How can the number of police deaths have fallen to less than half since 2001 and yet certain folks would have you believe cops are in greater danger today than ever before?
Just before I stood up from my desk to film this the news broke that an officer was shot and killed in the Fox Lake suburb of Illinois. At a press conference, a police Commander stated that the officer was in foot pursuit of 3 suspects for unspecified “suspicious activity”. Every police officer considers every criminal suspect to be armed until the officer knows otherwise. That’s just a part of the job.
I’ve been a tactics instructor for the better part of 25 years. To go in foot pursuit of three suspects the officer has to presume to be armed is poor judgment. And cops have been getting killed for using poor judgment forever. The entire reason officer survival schools and tactics instructors exist is to teach officers not to make the same deadly mistakes as did other officers. But in the final analysis the poor judgment of an individual officer does not support the claim of a “War on Police”.
I haven’t yet touched on the most dangerous part of the lie that there is a “War on Police”. In the minds of some police officers, police executives, and the cop worshippers, the lie of a “War on Police” is intended as a pretext that would empower police to get more violent, more quickly, with more people. Wow, talk about heading in the wrong direction!
Many Americans are concerned that our nation is sliding into a totalitarian police state. I would agree ominous warning signs are there. I don’t know about you, but I’d like to see that not happen. At this critical juncture in our history I can’t imagine a worse scenario than buying into a lie that permits police to get more violent, more quickly, with more Americans, with less transparency and accountability.
There is no “War on Police”. It is a fabrication of the media, self-interested politicians, and the police industry. Don’t buy into it, and don’t let others promote this lie without calling them out on their bullshit. Hopefully this video can serve as resource for those who love the truth and liberty.
Copyright Dave Champion 2015