Oct 30, 201511:43 AMBlaska's Bring It!
with David Blaska
Obama’s post-Ferguson legacy: police stand down; young bullies rough up teachers
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Ferguson burned because of a lie while the president blamed the police. Uniformed officers in Baltimore are standing down. Progressive Madison dotes on Young, Gifted and Black and makes a drug-abusing ex-felon into a martyr, while Chief Mike Koval and his dedicated force twist in the wind.
At the third Republican presidential debate this week, Chris Christie recalibrated the proper level of outrage:
You want to talk about moral authority. Let’s talk about something that happened this week in the news. You know, the FBI director, the president’s appointed FBI director has said this week that because of a lack of support from politicians like the president of the United States, that police officers are afraid to get out of their cars; that they’re afraid to enforce the law. And he says — the president’s appointee — that crime is going up because of this.
And when the president of the United States gets out to speak about it, does he support police officers? Does he stand up for law enforcement? No, he doesn’t. I’ll tell you this; the number one job of the president of the United States is to protect the safety and security of the American people. This president has failed, and when I’m in the Oval Office police officers will know that they will have the support of the president of the Untied States. That’s real moral authority that we need in the Oval Office.
It’s what I wanted Scott Walker to say. And in Madison, the mayor, the common council, community leaders, and the news media bow and scrape to the race demagogues but leave the bully pulpit empty when Police Chief Mike Koval asks for public support or when one of his sworn officers is roughed up by the mob.
‘A chill wind is blowing’
If not president, Chris Christie for attorney general! Here’s a synopsis of FBI Director James Comey’s Oct. 23 speech at the University of Chicago Law School:
Far more people of color are being killed in America’s cities this year and it’s not the cops doing the killing … Most of America’s 50 largest cities have seen an increase in homicides and shootings this year … Milwaukee’s murder rate has nearly doubled … And who’s dying? Police chiefs say the increase is almost entirely among young men of color, at crime scenes in bad neighborhoods …
Are officers answering 9-1-1 calls but avoiding the informal contact that keeps bad guys from standing around, especially with guns? I spoke to officers privately in one big city precinct who described being surrounded by young people with mobile phone cameras held high, taunting them the moment they get out of their cars. They told me, ‘We feel like we’re under siege and we don’t feel much like getting out of our cars.’
A chill wind is blowing through American law enforcement over the last year and that wind is surely changing behavior.
Where does it start? In the schools. The same party that reflexively opposes education reform also enables the breakdown of discipline in our schools.