October 1, 2020

10 Takeaways from the Anti-Police Brutality Protests

No. 10: CNN’s Chris Cuomo believes people have a right to engage in violence. About the anti-police protests, some violent, CNN’s Chris Cuomo said, “And, please, show me where it says that protests are supposed to be polite and peaceful.” It’s called the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble (emphasis added), and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”

No. 9: Democratic politicians and the media focus like a laser on the rare occurrence of unarmed blacks shot and killed by white cops. When do the protests start over the approximately 2,600 blacks killed by blacks each year? And this is likely an understated number. About the FBI’s annual crime data, U.S. News & World Report wrote in 2016: “The most detailed racial data have limits: They are confined to cases in which one person was killed and one person did the killing, eliminating about 17 percent of homicides. Also, police have to know and provide the backgrounds of not only the victims but the perpetrators, too — meaning that thousands of cases left unsolved and with no description of the person who committed the crimes are discounted. In total, about 61 percent of the 15,696 homicides committed in 2015 are excluded.”

No. 8: According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics, in 2015, there were 53.5 million police/civilian contacts. Of those police/civilian interactions, over 10 million result in arrest and charges. Annually, between 50,000 and 60,000 officers are assaulted. Yet, despite all of these interactions — arrests, charges and officer assaults — “only” about 1,000 civilians are killed each year by the police. That is .002% of all of the police interactions.

No. 7: Where were the “defund the police/redirect the money” advocates during the eight years President Barack Obama was in office? The Rev. Al Sharpton visited the Obama White House 72 times in Obama’s first six years, and Obama was close to the Congressional Black Caucus. What, the subject never came up? Did the “systemic, structural, institutional police oppression against blacks” take an eight-year holiday when Obama was president?

About the Obama Department of Justice, in 2014, the left-of-center Politico wrote a piece called “A Lame Civil Rights Record”: “Indeed, a comprehensive review of all available records shows that the nature of the cases brought by the (civil rights) division has not differed much from the Bush administration. In some areas the number of filings in traditional civil rights cases appears to be down — in some areas down significantly. … But much of the time, the vaunted Obama-(Eric) Holder civil rights division has been reactive — responding to complaints filed by outside parties, rather than initiating investigations on its own.”

No. 6: Perhaps at some point, “black leaders” might suggest: “Comply. You won’t die.” Yes, every black child — every child, for that matter — has heard what has been described as “The Talk,” where he or she received parental instruction on how to behave in an encounter with the police. My parents told my brothers and me: “Be polite. Cooperate fully. If you feel you’ve been mistreated, get a badge number or a name, and you’ll be alive to do something about it.” Did we miss the part where our parents added, “Violently resist, and, whenever possible, run”?

No. 5: During the Obama administration, the following black suspects were either killed by the police or died in police custody: Trayvon Martin (by neighborhood watchman) Michael Brown, Alton Sterling, Laquan McDonald, Eric Garner, Freddie Gray, Sandra Bland, Philando Castile and Tamir Rice. Obama’s Department of Justice filed no civil rights charges against any of the cops. In the case of Garner, the Obama DOJ left the decision to the Trump administration, which declined to file civil rights charges against the NYPD officers involved in Garner’s death.

No. 4: Consider the following fact pattern about a recent shooting and killing of an “unarmed” suspect Rayshard Brooks by the Atlanta police: (Black) suspect resists, takes (white) cop’s taser, points it at cop and gets shot and killed. Put the question of whether the man should’ve been shot and killed aside for the moment; had the suspect been white and the cops black, would the outcome have been any different?

No. 3: Can we fast-forward to the part where those who looted and burned later accuse victimized businesses of “racism” should they choose not to rebuild?

No. 2: Thomas Sowell sees a massive gap between the reality of racism and the perception of racism: “We have now reached the point where virtually everything that serves black ‘leaders’ — dependency, grievance-hunting, racial hype and paranoia — are major disservices to the cause of advancing blacks, at a time when their opportunities have never been better.”

No. 1: The continuing anti-police abuse protests are a combination of cabin fever from weeks of the coronavirus shutdown, Trump Derangement Syndrome and the “cancel culture,” more accurately described as the revenge culture. The revenge culture demands reparations from those who were never slave owners to be given to those who were never slaves.

Larry Elder is a bestselling author and nationally syndicated radio talk show host. His latest book, “The New Trump Standard,” is available in paperback from Amazon.com and for Nook, Kindle, iBooks and GooglePlay. To find out more about Larry Elder, or become an “Elderado,” visit www.LarryElder.com. Follow Larry on Twitter @LarryElder. To read features by other Creators Syndicate writers and cartoonists, visit the Creators Syndicate website at www.creators.com.

COPYRIGHT 2020 LAURENCE A. ELDER

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24 Responses

    1. Yeah, Papa Bear hit the nail right on the head. My one exception is with his #6, where he said, he and his brothers were taught how to relate to cops. My brother and I did NOT get that instruction. Our parents (mom a nurse, dad a former soldier in WWII, then worked in textiles), taught us NOT to get in trouble with the police, i. e. obey the law!

      1. I’m a 70 yr old retired white man, and my parents told my brother and I, to never lie to the police and to treat them with respect, and get the badge number and their name, if they did not act in a professional manner, but do not fight back, wait to fight back later in court. It was a yes sir no sir way of getting buy. My parents told my brother and I, if you get locked up, and you have lie to the police and to the parents, you will sit in jail, and that included DUI.

        1. I remember asking my Dad back in the 1950’s what would happen if Chief ****** had me in the police station, his answer was, whatever he does to you will not compare to what I will do to you… But those were different times, and I turned out pretty damn good….. (How many smart azz kids today know what a switching is, or felt the belt?)

      2. My dad was very succinct about that lesson. He told his kids: if you don’t want the cops to think you’re up to no good, don’t put yourself in that position”. My mom told us “before you do something that is questionable ask yourself, could I go home and tell mom about this” If the answer is no, don’t do it, it’s probably wrong. I have 4 brothers and sisters and no drunks no addicts, no convictions for crimes. We have all raised our kids with the same guidelines.

  1. Police brutality I think not, these cities are demographically Colored, protestors have it all wrong, it has never been about Floyd. It is about free not freedom.

      1. I also agree completely. I think folks forget a police officer is a normal human being with feelings, wives, children. No different from anyone else. It’s their Job.

  2. Once indiscriminate destruction of property and the killing of law enforcement starts it ceases being a “demonstration” and enters the realm of insurgency. Nothing in this country is anywhere near that bad unless the left tries to forcibly take over and a Civil war would a defense of the Constitution. It has started to go beyond any realm of free speech especially when the LA branch of BLM goes to Santa Monic just to destroy property according to something I heard Melina Abdullah say the other day about taking things to white areas so people can feel the pain we feel. That is close to a description of terrorism.

  3. Excellent article, I agree whole heartly. I got the talk about 60 years ago to obey the law, respect not only the police but authority figures like teachers, etc. I gave the same talk to my 2 boys and daughter when they were around 5 or six, and they gave the same talk to their children about 3 years so. No one ever said run away. You won’t get labeled if you obey the law and if you are innocent let the courts handle it.

  4. These Cuomo brothers are about good for nothing..and lives means nothing to them. They will have their judgment day..Trump2020

      1. remember michael corleone,what he did to fredo, ALL THESE LIBERAL GEESE SANDWICHES MUST BE STOPPED ON ALL FRONTS.

  5. If the states can not handle the problem who is left? The federal government of course and where does it say any place where looters and rioters and do as they like without paying a price?

  6. The police man in Atlanta who shot the man at Wendy’s will be tried for the death penalty and the other police man will testify against him. This man is being made an example(you do something wrong this is what you will face.

  7. If Black Lives Matter, how come CNN and the DEMS ignore all Blacks by Blacks in Chicago, where it is an epidemic? Philadelphia, my home town, it is almost as bad. They wholesale kill Black kids; and nobody cares. Are the only Black Lives who Matter the small number killed by cops, but not the thousands killed by other Blacks. I grieve for all the young kids killed in Chicago by crazed black men with guns. No Black superstar cares about any of them. Where is Al Sharpton or Jesse Jackson? They do not care except for themselves.

    1. YOU COULD SWEAR THE ANTICHRIST HAS PROMISED THEM A POWER SPOT IN HIS NWO,THESE PEOPLE ACTUALLY SEEM POSSESSED,THEY NEED EXORCISM.

  8. THIS IS SOOOOOOO “TRUE”!!!!!!!! THE QUESTION IS “HAVE THE DEMS READ IT??????????” OOPS!!!!!! THEY HAVE TO HAVE A BRAIN FIRST……AND PASS A READING TEST TO UNDERSTAND IT!!!!!!!!!! HATRED AND JEALOUSY ARE TERRIBLE VIRTUES…..ANY PERSON WHO CLAIMS TO BE A CHRISTIAN….OR BELIEVES IN GOD SHOULD KNOW THIS BY HEART!!!!!!! PEOPLE NEED TO RE-VALUE THEIR OWN HOUSE BEFORE THEY START THROWING STONES?????? PEOPLE SHOULD BE HONORED TO LIVE IN THIS COUNTRY…….IF YOU HAVE QUESTIONS ABOUT LIVING HERE…..VISIT ANOTHER COUNTRY AND SEE HOW THEY ACTUALLY LIVE???????? YOU WILL BE HAPPIER WHEN YOU COME BACK TO AMERICA!!!! IF YOU ARE NOT…..THEN YOU ARE IN THE WRONG COUNTRY??????????? GET A LIFE…..IT REALLY IS “SHORT”!!!!!!!!!

  9. FROM THIS ARTICLE ABOVE…….THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION DID ABSOLUTELY NOTHING WHEN IT CAME TO THE BLACKS……..GOOD OR BAD…..HE USED HIS PEN A LOT TO DO THINGS HE THOUGHT OUR GOVERNMENT SHOULD BE!!!!!! OOPS!!!! ALL WRONG!!!! OBAMA DID THE MOST TO ABOLISH THE CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT….RIGHT UNDER THE NOSES OF THE BLACK PEOPLE!!!!!……THEY DID NOT EVEN REALISE THAT THIS WIPED OUT WHAT MARTIN L KING WORKED HARD FOR………MR KING DID NOT MARCH SO THAT THE MUSLIMS COULD TAKE OVER..!! WAKE UP PEOPLE DO SOME FACT CHECKING INTO HIS ADMINISTRATION????????? BETWEEN OBAMA AND BIDEN…..OUR COUNTRY WAS IN TERRIBLE CONDITION!!!!!!!!!

  10. I’m not a slave owner. The past is the past. Get over it. There were white slaves long before there were black slaves. Y’all don’t want to hear that,though,do you! Fact is…..that the majority of the white race is scared of the black race minority.

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