Jared Lindsey, the chairman of the Tulsa Fraternal Order of Police says the national “anti-police narrative” is to blame for the shooting of two Tulsa police officers early Monday morning. One of those officers died Tuesday morning. Lindsey said:
As I’ve spoken with police overnight and into this morning, we can’t help but see the work of the national anti-police narrative here. Enough is enough. For these officers and everyone else on the force leaving their own families today to go selflessy serve others, we must recognize the real impact of anti-police rhetoric and take real action to stop violence against police.
Black Lives Matter, Antifa, Democrat politicians, mainstream media, and social media have all been pushing the anti-police narrative since George Floyd was killed by a police officer in Minneapolis on May 25. Protests, riots, and violence have accompanied the anti-police narrative along with demands to “defund” the police. By now, the whole world has seen video footage of “protesters” screaming obscenities and hate into the faces of police in numerous Democrat cities around the US. Does anyone doubt that the protests have targeted law enforcement with hate-filled rhetoric?
Representative Markwayne Mullin (R-OK) laid the blame squarely on the media for fanning the flames of hate toward law enforcement officers.
Just as we are responsible for what we say, the media is also responsible for what they say. With the national media painting law enforcement as our enemy, I truly believe that the blood of two officers shot in cold blood in Tulsa is partially on their hands. pic.twitter.com/po3sYcAj4e
— Markwayne Mullin (@RepMullin) June 30, 2020
Two Tulsa police officers, Aurash Zarkeshan and Sgt. Craig Johnson, were shot execution-style at 3:30 a.m. Monday morning during a routine traffic stop. The shooter, David Anthony Ware, a man with a long criminal record, resisted arrest and pulled a gun on the officers. He shot Zarkeshan twice in the chest, then stood over his prone body, firing shots into his body and head. He also shot the Johnson in the head.
Zarkeshan is a rookie with only two months on the force and now he is fighting for his life.
Johnson joined the department in 2005, rising to the rank of sergeant in 2015. He leaves behind his widow and two children.
Governor Kevin Stitt encouraged Tulsans to rally around their law enforcement officers:
Our law enforcement officers need the support of their community now more than ever, and I encourage Oklahomans to find ways to show their support for those who keep them protected.”
Ware has a long criminal record reaching back to 2006 when he was just 18. He spent time in prison for burglary. He now faces two felony counts of shooting with intent to kill and illegally possessing a firearm.
Recent booking photo of David Ware. He’s accused of shooting two Tulsa Police Officers early this morning. Both officers are in critical condition. He faces two counts of shooting with intent to kill & possession of a firearm after a felony conviction. @KTULNews pic.twitter.com/9oOVniZSAv
— Amy Jenson News (@amyjenson3) June 29, 2020
A second person has been arrested in connection with the shooting.
Watch a report of Wares criminal record: