In the wake of Thursday’s shootings in Dallas, which claimed the lives of 5 police officers, law enforcement organizations across the country have used social media to show their solidarity with the Dallas Police Department and the families of those who were killed or injured.
But some police groups are also issuing sharp criticisms of those they see as facilitating a “war on cops,” often taking direct aim at President Barack Obama, Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, Attorney General Loretta Lynch, and supporters of the Black Lives Matter movement.
In a statement posted on its Facebook page Friday, the National Association of Police Organizations stated: “While we mourn and grieve and commit ourselves to supporting the survivors, we must also stand up and speak out against the senseless agitators and gutless politicians who helped bring about these murders.” The post also criticized the Justice Department’s Office of Civil Rights for its supposed refusal “to prosecute cop killers”:
Who’s is to blame For Dallas Shooting ?
The Obama administration has caused a “war on cops,” a police group director said Friday after the murder of five police officers in Dallas.
“It’s a war on cops,” William Johnson, the executive director of the National Association of Police Organizations, told Fox News Friday morning.
“And the Obama administration is the Neville Chamberlain of this war.”
Johnson said the administration is allowing things to spiral out of control under President Barack Obama’s direction.
“I think [the Obama administration] continued appeasements at the federal level with the Department of Justice, their appeasement of violent criminals, their refusal to condemn movements like Black Lives Matter, actively calling for the death of police officers, that type of thing, all the while blaming police for the problems in this country has led directly to the climate that has made Dallas possible,” he said.
Most Americans were quick to blame President Barack Obama and presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton for the shooting in Dallas that killed five police officers and injured several others.
They say he’s stoked a hatred of the police.
Police negotiated for several hours with gunman Micah Xavier Johnson, who told them he was upset about Black Lives Matter and several recent shootings of black men by police officers. Police said Johnson told them he wanted specifically to kill white officers.
Obama was partly to blame for Johnson’s hatred, according to some conservatives.
“I am saddened and angered by those who believe they have a right to do harm to the men and women who put their lives on the line every single day to protect the communities in which they live,” Rep. Roger Williams (R-Texas) said in a statement. “The spread of misinformation and constant instigation by prominent leaders, including our president, have contributed to the modern day hostility we are witnessing between the police and those they serve. As a result, today we are seeing one of the noblest professions condemned by those who could benefit the most.”
Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) blamed Obama for Thursday’s Dallas shooting because of the way he reacted in 2009 when Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates, Jr. was arrested by Sgt. James Crowley while trying to enter his home. Obama said at the time that Crowley acted “stupidly.”
#DallasPoliceShooting has roots in first of anti-white/cop events illuminated by Obama…Officer Crowley. There were others.
While, Sarah Palin didn’t mention Obama by name, the former Alaska governor criticized politicians for causing the division that led to the attack in Dallas.
“Shame on our culture’s influencers who would stir contention and division that could lead to evil such as that in Dallas. Shame on politicians and pundits giving credence to thugs rioting against police officers
and the rule of law in the name of ‘peaceful protests,’” she wrote on Facebook. “It is a farce. #BlackLivesMatter is a farce.”
In the aftermath of the incident, former Rep. Joe Walsh (R-Ill.) wrote in a tweet, which has since been deleted, that Obama and Black Lives Matter protesters should “watch out” because “real America” was coming for them. In a later tweet Walsh said that he wasn’t calling for violence against Obama, but did say he was responsible for police officers dying.
I wasn’t calling for violence, against Obama or anyone. Obama’s words & BLM’s deeds have gotten cops killed. Time for us to defend our cops.
At one point, he called for Black Lives Matter to be classified as a “hate group.”
“10 Cops shot. You did this Obama. You did this liberals. You did this #BLM. Time to defend our Cops. Wake up,” Walsh posted.
In a Thursday speech on the shootings of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile, black men killed by police officers, delivered well before the Dallas shootings, Obama addressed the notion of anti-police sentiment that has come up in the protests against police killings of mostly black men.
Heather Mac Donald, a proponent of the so-called “Ferguson effect” said on Rush Limbaugh’s radio show that Obama had lied to the American people by claiming African-Americans were unfairly targeted by police officers.
“President Obama lied to the nation last night and he embraced the Black Lives Matter myth that there is a racist war by white officers against black civilians in this country. And we see the results,” she said. “President Obama last night only flamed these fires of hatred by putting out his usual lies that the criminal justice system is racist.”
In his remarks on Thursday Obama noted African-Americans were 30 percent more likely than whites to be pulled over and last year were shot by police at more than twice the rate of whites. He called for
unity in addressing the disparities in the criminal justice system, saying it was something that should concern all Americans.
“This isn’t a matter of us comparing the value of lives. This is recognizing that there’s a particular burden that is being placed on a group of our fellow citizens and we should care about that,” he said. “To be concerned about these issues is not political correctness. It’s just being an American and wanting to live up to our best and highest ideals.”
Corey Stewart, who is the Virginia state chair for Donald Trump’s campaign, singled out Hillary Clinton as someone responsible for Thursday’s attacks. Hope Hicks, a Trump spokesperson, told the New York Times Stewart did not speak for the campaign and condemned the comments.
“Liberal politicians who label police as racists—specifically Hillary Clinton and Virginia Lt. Governor Ralph Northam—are to blame for essentially encouraging the murder of these police officers tonight,” Stewart wrote in a Facebook post that has since been deleted.
Former Boston Police commissioner Ed Davis said Friday the deadly attacks on Dallas police officers will force police nationwide to go into “military mode.”
During an interview on Fox Business Network, Davis told host Maria Bartiromo the incident — which left five officers dead and seven wounded — will change the way officers do their job.
“This is a game-changer,” Davis said. “Police now are going to have to worry about force protection, go into a more military mode now when handling any of these demonstrations.
“At a time when we’re trying to get closer to the community, this throws a wedge in between the police and the community we’re trying to serve.”
When asked to elaborate on “military mode,” Davis said more SWAT officers will have to be deployed in certain situations.
“Having SWAT assets supporting demonstrations now,” Davis said. “We’re here to protect the First Amendment rights of the people that are trying to get their point across. But now we have to be forward-looking to make sure that the officers, who in the past have been engaged in minor disturbances or making sure traffic is handled properly around these events, now we have to be cognizant of the fact that there could be a threat beyond that.”
Obama, Hillary and BLM is Fanning the flames of an already worrisome situation ! The Racial tensions have increased 10 fold since Obama took office ! Statics prove that there has been more black on white crime and vice versa with the onset of the Obama administration ! Hillary will be more of the same ! The likes of these corrupt politicians will lead our Country into another Civil War if left unchecked !
Its past time to have true leadership in the White House ! Its past, present , and future time to elect Donald J Trump as President of these United States !