In Ferguson, Missouri, crews have installed a permanent memorial plaque on a sidewalk near where Michael Brown was shot by Officer Darren Wilson, last summer. Officer Wilson shot Brown after a confrontation, in which Wilson stated that the unarmed Brown had punched him and tried to take his gun. The shooting sparked riots and several weeks of protests, which became a launching point for the “Black Lives Matter” campaign.
While it is true that black lives matter, so do the lives of everyone else.
I understand the Brown family wanting a memorial for their son. However, I don’t agree that a permanent memorial should be placed at a public location, belonging to taxpayers, in honor of a common thug. What kind of message does this send to young people, especially in the black community? It tells them that if they behave like a thug, and try to kill police officers, then they will be considered heroes. This is similar to a jihadist mindset, in which martyrdom is viewed as a heroic deed.
Through their silence regarding recent police shootings, President Obama, The Department of Justice under Eric Holder, and race-baiters like Al Sharpton have in effect called for an all-out war on police. What kind of society are we living in when thugs are hailed as heroes and police are viewed as thugs? By encouraging young people to provoke police officers, or fail to comply with their orders, the number of such cases is likely to increase.
It has nothing to do with race, as the left would have you believe, but rather the unknown threat they pose to officers. Officers are taught to do what is necessary to subdue a suspect. The Brown shooting would have occurred regardless of the suspect’s race, because an officer has only a split-second to react to a hostile threat. In order for there to be understanding and cooperation, the race-baiters need to stay home, and stop trying to create division in our country.
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