Lefties try to weasel out of past encouragements to rage against NYPD
Lefties are doing their level best to dismiss the now open attack on police officers in New York as the piffling acts of outliers, not the political climate they created that is now seeing gunmen walking into police stations because they're "tired of police" and opening fire.
Here's one shameless such leftie quoted in USA Today:
Robert Gangi, who heads the Police Reform Organizing Project, called the accusations by de Blasio and Shea irresponsible, noting that police revealed no connection between Williams and the protests.
There is no defense for a "lunatic" who shoots at police officers, Gangi said, but he described the protests against police as legitimate.
"For the many NYers who fear, loathe, & distrust #NYPD, it's based on all too substantive reasons: daily targeting, harassment, & harm inflicted by cops on poor people of color," Gangi tweeted. "Until that changes, until pols in power like deB take steps to end it, anger & protests will continue."
That's just one such anti-police leftist trying to weasel out, and don't forget this group we wrote about earlier, the subway vandals, who now say the violence against cops has nothing to do with them:
Protest organizers include a group called Decolonize This Place, which advocates for free transit and removal of police from the transit system among other things.
"Linking the right to protest and to take direct action with unassociated and random acts of violence is a well-worn and gratuitous tactic long used by authorities to suppress dissident speech," the group said in a statement on Twitter. "The mayor, at least, should pretend to know better."
Fact is, these naked assassination attempts at police in New York come after rivers of rhetoric blasting the police as "human rights violators," "storm troopers," and "racists." One of the first things that led to was the election of New York's craziest anti-police mayor, Bill de Blasio. De Blasio, recall, once said he had to have "the talk" with his biracial son about the racist orientation of the New York Police. Since then, the hate-cop crowd has enacted zero-cash bail policies, an end to gang enhancements in charges, an end to stop and frisk, a repudiation of the broken windows theory of law enforcement, and a string of other anti-cop measures. Combine it with a mayor who's earned that much contempt from cops from his anti-cop stances, and it's all gone downhill.
De Blasio stands up for all left-wing activists over defending the police, and he has since then earned himself this bitter remark from a top police union official:
"Mayor de Blasio, the members of the NYPD are declaring war on you!" The SBA tweeted. "We do not respect you, DO NOT visit us in hospitals. You sold the NYPD to the vile creatures, the 1% who hate cops but vote for you. NYPD cops have been assassinated because of you. This isn't over, Game on!"
Now it's open season on police, and we're all supposed to pretend that anti-police sentiment from the left had nothing to do with it, which is utter nonsense.
Dan Bongino, a former NYPD officer, put it this way:
This is almost exclusively a problem with the radical left," Bongino said. "I have vivid memories of my time with the police department in New York City from 1995 to 1999 and I have never seen anything like this."
Bongino, a Fox News contributor, made the comment on "Fox & Friends" on Monday.
He said that "there has always been street crime, there has always been violence against police" but not conversations in NYPD police precincts "about potentially being assassinated while going to work."
What this really shows is that giving the left so much as an inch, or maybe a couple of miles, on their pet anti-police agenda — whether through zero bail, end to gang enhancements, or whatever else — is bound to put the police on a long slide downward. This is their handiwork. Leftists can now stand up and take a bow.
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