Let’s be logical for a moment:
If a KKK rally incites racism and attacks on people of color, doesn’t it stand to reason that Black Lives Matter incites violence against cops with shouts of “Kill the pigs!”?
That is the contention of former Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy, who cited a rise in violent crime against police officers in Baltimore, Ferguson, and Charlotte.
“So what’s happening, and this is ironic, is that a movement with the goal of saving black lives at this point is getting black lives taken, because 80 percent of our murder victims here in Chicago are male blacks,” McCarthy said. “Less than half of 1 percent of all the shootings in this city involve police officers shooting civilians.”
McCarthy was at the helm of the Chicago Police Department in 2014 when one of his officers, Jason Van Dyke, shot and killed a 17-year-old black youth, Laquan McDonald. A dashcam caught the shooting on tape and revealed that McDonald was shot more than a dozen times while he was walking away from the officer.
McCarthy admits that the incident was terrible, for which Van Dyke was charged with first-degree murder. Cries went up for McCarthy’s resignation and he was fired in 2015.
“McCarthy said that he is ‘hopeful’ that President-elect Donald Trump’s pick for attorney general, Sen. Jeff Sessions, will do more for police than the justice department under President Obama.
‘I think the Trump election quite frankly is a reaction to that,’ he said. ‘I think the people are tired of career politicians who’ve never really had a job telling us how we should think and how we should act.’”
The shooting of McDonald was a tragedy and, perhaps McCarthy losing his job was warranted; after all, he was leading the department and, ultimately, his responsibility is to guide his officers under a moral and ethical code of conduct.
However, his opinions regarding Black Lives Matter and their culpability in the murders and injuries of police officers across the country cannot be in dispute.
There is no way to separate cause and reaction. For politicians to stand mutely by and allow a hateful group like this to incite violence against our police officers is to express agreement with their cause, thereby encouraging the erratic behavior of its members.
Every member of Congress and every Mayor or Governor that stood shoulder-to-shoulder with Black Lives Matter have the blood of police officers on their hands as well.