Today mourners prepare for the funeral of slain NYPD officer Rafel Ramos (the funeral for officer Wen Jian Liu will be later). New York mayor Bill DeBlasio has asked that “peaceful protest” against the police be postponed until after the funerals. Some protesters have shown restraint, others continue to verbally attack the police.
We all have a right to engage in non-violent protest. This right is guaranteed by the First Amendment. The problem is that many of these “protesters” are not engaging in peaceful protest, contrary to assertions made by Mayor DeBlasio. The New Criterion’s James Pierson highlights some of the recent incidents:
On the evening of December 13, several hundred supporters of the movement marched across the Brooklyn Bridge toward Manhattan for the purpose of staging protests at City Hall and other locations in the City. During that march across the walkway of the Bridge, one protestor picked up a garbage can and tried to throw it out on to the adjacent roadway and into the path of automobile traffic. Two police officers intervened to stop the man and to place him under arrest. At this moment, at least six other protestors came to the aid of their comrade, knocking the officers to the ground and then kicking and slugging them into submission. One officer suffered a broken nose in the melee. The assailants escaped into the night, but not before several witnesses used smart phones to film the attack. Police also recovered the backpack of the man who started the incident by trying to throw the garbage can on to the roadway.
“What do we want? Dead cops! When do we want it? Now.”
This is not peaceful. This is not non-violent. While not as egregious as recent events in Missouri, this does not further the cause of those who want to see an end to needless death at the hands of our police. (While rare, this does occur.) This certainly does not aid in improving race relations in this country. Improvement occurred in the 1960’s because white Americans were horrified to see peaceful protesters viciously attacked. Then came the era of the “Race Pimp”. Where Martin Luther King, Jr., Rosa Parks, John Lewis, and countless others were heroes to a movement, we now see hustlers attempt to portray criminals like Michael Brown as “innocent victims”. In some (rare) instances they may be victims. They are not innocent. In some (rare) instances police are racist thugs; but those instances are rare.
Our police deserve better. We deserve better. The African-American community deserves better. As long as the Al Sharpton’s of the world attempt to control the narrative (and the black community allows them to) real injustice will not receive the attention it deserves.