It’s hard to stay objective. I really try. I’ve got skin in the game, which makes it harder. But I try.
This Christmas I got really mad at a trend in this country to hold responsible for our nation’s problems those who put their lives on the line to protect it. It’s been building for a while.
It’s “Officer Involved Shooting,” a phrase that is clearly media code for, “Uh-oh! It looks like a cop killed someone … again.”
The actual statistics on this are, believe it or not, pretty powerfully on the side of the cops, but they’ve been warped by a media intent on fomenting discord, raising distrust, and, most shamefully, fanning the fires of racial tension in the name of generating clicks.
Christmas Day, San Francisco Bay-area papers shouted that an, “Officer Involved shooting” occurred on the BART; the papers were licking their chops for a big Christmas-day scandal.
What they found, and quietly changed the headlines when they did (the link above and to the left was the original headline) was that the BART officers approached a U-Haul rental truck and the driver reached into his waistband and fired at the officers, who returned fire. The gunman’s gun — the one he shot a cop with — was stolen.
The truck was stolen. The truck had stolen plates.
And, oh, there was a dead body in the truck. A body that, presumably, the thieving, cop-shooting gunman murdered. The news media were forced to modify their headlines. Below is the story you now see when you click the link pictured above.
My anger at this actually all began on Christmas eve, when a group of armed people who had been
fighting fairly regularly decided to take their deadly brawl to a shopping mall. On Christmas Eve.
In the above incident, referred to as an “Officer Involved shooting,” off-duty cops who were working security at the mall risked their lives and prevented this from becoming a Christmas bloodbath.
They were not thanked.
They were immediately suspected of malfeasance.
What’s happening is that, even though in the Post’s reckoning, fully 90% of the time when officers kill they do so to prevent the immediate use of deadly force by the person they are shooting at, the media is driven to frothy outrage by the fact that officers do their damned jobs and stand between society and those who wish harm upon our daughters, sons, parents and friends.
This morning I awakened to hear that, last night in Jacksonville, FL, there was a disturbance. Hey, it’s OK, it only involves teenagers. Those scrappy youngsters.
This was described by the media as, “multiple teens arrested at a Florida movie theater….”
These “teens” were in fact a group of about 100 teenagers and young adults in a series of brawls that spread to the parking lot. The eight arrests were “mainly for gun and drug charges”, including one young man who had a TEC9 semi-automatic pistol.
Oh, those kooky kids.
The media treated this Christmas-day public menace as “just kids,” and hardly mention the injured kids, and the fact that it required cops from three separate police departments to arrive, run into an armed and fighting crowd and restore calm. I watched on local news a handheld video that showed dozens of teens punching and kicking at one another, but that video isn’t available on the TV news station’s website.
Just this photo
So I snapped some pix from the TV:
Oh, those zany kids.
I don’t mind questioning authority. I believe dirty cops should be arrested and imprisoned.
But if you are among the people who just shouts about cops while ignoring the thousands and thousands of homicides, home invasions, robberies, rapes, burglaries, carjackings, domestic assaults and other violent and property crimes in our nation each year, and recognizing that you actually need the cops to be on your side, I would ask you to seriously reconsider your priorities.
Read the actual data, and stop letting the media set your level of outrage for you.
The only people who benefit from that are the media. They make money making you angry.