Black Lives Matters is a theme we hear on almost a daily basis.

That’s fine, as they do matter, just as white lives matter, Asian lives matter, Hispanic lives matter and people of many other races’ lives matter.

We can think of another group of people’s lives who matter just as much as the groups we just mentioned, and that is law enforcement officers.

Their lives matter plenty.

Make no mistake, as we’ve previously stated in an earlier editorial, what happened to George Floyd was wrong and we hope that justice is swiftly served in that case as well as the case in the shooting death in Louisville of Breonna Taylor.

In any business, there are unfortunately going to be a few bad apples who spoil the bunch, with the police being no exception.

Having said that, the majority of police officers and others in law enforcement are good people who perform a very dangerous job on a daily basis protecting us and in some cases, sadly, losing their lives in the line of duty.

Law enforcement officers are to be respected, not disrespected. What we have witnessed in past years in Ferguson, Mo., and other places has been a total disrespect for law enforcement officials. This is completely unacceptable.

Since the unfortunate deaths of Floyd and Taylor, we have watched as criminals have burned down parts of their own cities and looted businesses in those cities. We have seen them show a total disrespect for law enforcement officials by spitting in their faces, throwing water bottles filled with concrete at them, throwing molotov cocktails in their direction, hitting police officers and Secret Service agents in the heads with bricks and in several cases killing and severely wounding police officers.

All of these criminal acts upon our police across the country are shameful ones committed by criminals who have no respect for law enforcement who are simply out on the front lines during a lot of these unruly protests just trying to do their jobs.

We would be living in a dream world to suddenly think that these criminals will suddenly respect members of law enforcement and that is a real shame because police officers are our friends, not our enemies.

One only has to look at the deaths and injuries to law enforcement since all of these protests began.

Retired St. Louis police Capt. David Dorn was killed in that city June 2 when he was responding to an alarm at a pawnshop during the early morning hours. About 55 businesses in that city were burglarized and had property damage that night. A suspect is in custody for the murder of Dorn.

Las Vegas police Officer Shay Mikalonis, 29, was shot June 1 during protests. Mikalonis was shot in the head during a Las Vegas Strip protest of the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis and is paralyzed from the neck down, on a ventilator and unable to speak. Prosecutors have charged a 20-year-old man with deliberately shooting Mikalonis during the protest.

Between 5 p.m. May 29 and midnight May 31, 130 police officers were injured by protesters during protest in Chicago, a city with one of the highest homicide rate in the country.

More than 700 law enforcement officers have been injured on the job during nationwide protests over the death of Floyd – with nearly 300 of those among New York’s finest. During violent protests in Washington, D.C., another 60 Secret Service agents and 40 U.S. Park Police were also injured – 22 of those officers hospitalized with serious injuries.

Once again, these numbers are highly unacceptable. These police officers who have been killed or injured were simply doing their jobs under very difficult circumstances. Any attack on a law enforcement officer should not be tolerated. Law enforcement officials deserve to be respected for the dangerous jobs they do, not spat upon, cussed at, have bottles and bricks thrown at them, or injured or killed.

We have to restore respect for our law enforcement community. They have earned our respect and we should give it to them. While we know the thugs who continuously repeat their physical attacks on them will likely never change, it would be our hope that more discussion is created about respecting law enforcement rather than beating them down.

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owen

Notice how in the two specific examples of cops being killed you gave, both of the murderers had been arrested and charged? That's the difference. Breonna Taylor's and Dave McAtee's murderers are still walking around freely. All BLM is asking for is that cops be held accountable when they kill someone. You can say "all lives matter" all you want; but if you're outraged when a cop is killed and the killer is brought to justice, but don't share the same outrage when a cop who kills a person of color doesn't get charged with anything--then it seems like one of those lives matters less to you. I don't condone spitting on or doing anything physically aggressive with someone in law enforcement, but the reason so many people are angry with cops right now is because pretty much all cops are actively fighting to protect the "bad apples" who murder unarmed citizens and push old men onto the ground. It'd be a different story if the police unions were coming out strongly to denounce the actions of the bad apples and trying to do something to prevent future poilce abuse, but that's just not the case.

Enough Already

Let's talk about the truth here instead of the narrative put forth by BLM and the media whores schilling for the democrat party. Breonna Taylor and Dave McAtee's deaths were not murders. Breonna Taylor in particular was a tragic accident caused by a no knock warrant and could have happened to anyone under the same circumstances. The no knock warrant was what caused this death and that needs to stop. Dave McAtee's death is also a tragedy as he was known to get along with the police. There is a dispute about who fired first but he was killed just the same. In a situation where the National Guard was called out to keep the peace any gun fire is going to get a return response. It just so happens Dave McAtee was black. No one intentionally killed David McAtee because he was black. He died because he fired a gun in tense protest/riot situation and the national Guard thought they were being fired at. Again, not a murder.

You say "...all cops are actively fighting to protect the "bad apples" and police unions are not coming out strongly to denounce the actions of the bad apples or trying to do something to prevent future police abuse. All cops are not fighting to protect the "bad apples". Many police officials and officers across the country have expressed their disgust at the chillingly callous behavior seen in the Floyd video. They know there are some who should not be cops but UNIONS always side with members. That is the nature of unions. They defend their members from ANY threat to their members. I'm not condoning that, but they can't choose who to defend and who not too or there would be no distinction between them and their employer. That is why there are unions.

For all intents and purposes George Floyd was murdered. The cop that did it should not have been a cop. The system failed to weed this guy out. The officers around him failed to act and they have all been charged. That is how the system of law is supposed to work. In a perfect world none of this would have happened, but neither would the store owner have called the police because Floyd was trying to pass a counterfeit $20 bill.

Excerpts from https://www.city-journal.org/repudiate-the-anti-police-narrative

Victim reports send police disproportionately to minority communities because that is where people are most being hurt by violent street crime. Blacks between the ages of ten and 43 die of homicide at thirteen times the rate of whites, according to the CDC. In New York City, blacks make up 73 percent of all shooting victims, though they are 23 percent of the city’s population. In Chicago in 2016, there were 4,300 shooting victims, almost all black. Among the two dozen victims under the age of 12 was a three-year-old shot on Father’s Day who is now paralyzed for life and a ten-year-old shot on Labor Day whose pancreas and spleen were ripped apart. In Minneapolis, last September, a two-year-old girl was shot in her backyard at 1 AM; another Minneapolis two-year-old, Le’Vonte King Jason Jones, was killed in broad daylight in 2016 by gang rivals of his mother’s boyfriend. These are the realities that police commanders in urban areas face daily.

But community requests for help also determine police deployment, and the most urgent requests come from the law-abiding residents of high-crime neighborhoods.

An elderly cancer amputee in the Mt. Hope section of the Bronx said she has a fear of going into her building lobby, since it was so often occupied by trespassing youth hanging out and selling drugs. The only time she felt safe was when law enforcement was there: “As long as you see the police, everything’s A-OK. You can come down and get your mail and talk to decent people.” This vulnerable senior citizen longed for the surveillance watchtower that the local precinct had erected on her block several summers earlier to deter shootings. Anti-police activists would undoubtedly condemn such a watchtower as a weapon of the oppressive police state. To the cancer amputee, it was a literal godsend. “It was the peacefulest summer ever. I could sit outside at night. Please, Jesus,” she said, send the surveillance tower back.

The percentage of black respondents in a 2015 Roper poll who wanted more police in their community was twice as high as the percentage of white respondents who wanted more police. The activists who seek to disband police departments will have to explain to these terrified seniors and other law-abiding residents that they are just going to have to fend for themselves.

For the last five years, the police have killed about 1,000 civilians a year, the majority of those victims armed or otherwise dangerous. In 2019, the police killed 235 blacks, most of them also armed or dangerous, out of 1,004 police shooting victims overall. That roughly 25 percent ratio has also remained stable. It is less than what the black crime rate would predict, since police shootings are a function of the rate at which officers encounter armed and violent suspects, a fact confirmed most recently by a 2019 study in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. In the 75 largest U.S. counties, which is where most of the population resides, blacks constituted around 60 percent of all robbery and murder defendants, according to the Bureau of Justice Statistics, even though blacks comprise only 15 percent of the population in those counties.

What about unarmed victims of fatal police shootings? As of June 1, the Washington Post’s data base of fatal police shootings showed nine unarmed black victims and 19 unarmed white victims of fatal police shootings in 2019. That number of black unarmed victims is down 76 percent from 2015, when the Post began keeping its data base. The Post defines “unarmed” loosely to include suspects who have grabbed an officer’s gun or who are fleeing from a car stop with a loaded semi-automatic pistol in their vehicle. Those nine allegedly unarmed black victims represent 0.1 percent of all black homicide victims, which number about 7,500 a year—more than all white and Hispanic homicide victims combined.

After the tally of nine unarmed black victims was reported in certain news outlets last week, the Post reclassified over a dozen of its armed victims of police shootings as unarmed. This reclassification occurred six months after the Post had already closed its 2019 data base. The reclassification was not done on the basis of any new information; it was undoubtedly done to get the black victim numbers up. The Post is now showing 15 unarmed black victims in 2019. That is 0.2 percent of all black homicide victims, still a negligible number.

No one hears about unarmed white victims, because they do not fit the anti-police narrative. In 2016, in a case that adumbrated Mr. Floyd’s death, an agitated schizophrenic, Tony Timpa, called 911, saying he was off his medication. Three Dallas police officers held the handcuffed Timpa on the ground for 13 minutes with a knee to his back, while he pleaded for help more than 30 times. They continued joking and laughing after he stopped moving or making any sounds. His death was ruled a homicide, caused by the officers’ physical restraint and by cocaine.

In Mesa, Arizona, in 2016, a cop unleashed a barrage of gunfire from his AR-15 rifle at a 26-year-old man who had been reported as having a gun. The victim was down on his hands and knees in a hotel corridor, trying to comply with the conflicting commands that a sergeant was screaming at him, and begging “Please don’t shoot me!”

In 2015, a 50-year-old man in Tuscaloosa involved in a domestic violence incident ran at the officer with a spoon and was fatally shot. A 25-year-old in Des Moines led the police on a car chase and walked quickly toward the officer when he got out of the car and was fatally shot. A 21-year-old in Akron escaped from a grocery store robbery on a bike and didn’t take his hand out of his waistband when commanded to do so and was fatally shot.

The point here is not to justify any of these deaths, it is to rebut the claim that questionable tactics occur only in the case of black suspects. Indeed, it is premature to conclude that the Floyd brutality was a product of racial animus at all, as opposed to poor training and an unfit temperament.

No police critic has ever suggested a benchmark for evaluating the number of officer use-of-force incidents. Ideally, officers would take no one’s life in the course of their duties. But in light of the number of arrests that officers make each year—around 11 million—and the number of deadly weapons attacks on officers—27 a day in just two-thirds of the nation’s police departments—it is not clear that 1,000 civilian deaths, the vast majority occurring in the face of a potentially deadly attack, show a law enforcement profession that is out of control.

Shifting police funding to social services will not solve crime. For decades, New York City was the welfare capital of the United States, spending one-seventh of all government welfare dollars. Crime continued to rise. Crime started falling in the city only when the New York Police Department adopted the data-driven policing that has now become the norm across the country.

There are bad cops of all races who must be removed. But the overwhelming majority of officers are motivated by a desire to help the most vulnerable among us. Though many officers work under unimaginable conditions, encountering the worst consequences of pervasive family breakdown, they continue to believe fervently in the good people who support them. If this mania of cop hatred is not quelled, those good people will suffer further and the nation’s cities will become places of fear and decay.

Law enforcement is not infected by racism. The atmosphere in which officers are working is becoming more vicious and volatile. The attempts on officers’ lives, some successful, that we have seen in the last two weeks will increase. And under the pervasive charge that they are racist, officers will back off of proactive policing in minority neighborhoods. The victims will be overwhelmingly black.

GEORGE FLOYD:

George Floyd was a career criminal and not the gentle giant BLM and the media portrays.

George Floyd moved to Minneapolis in 2014 after being released from prison in Houston, Texas following an arrest for aggravated robbery

On May 25, 2020, Floyd was arrested for passing a counterfeit $20 bill at a grocery store in Minneapolis

He was under the influence of fentanyl and methamphetamine at the time of arrest

Floyd has more than a decade-old criminal history at the time of the arrest and went to jail for at least 5 times

George Floyd was the ringleader of a violent home invasion

He plead guilty to entering a woman’s home, pointing a gun at her stomach and searching the home for drugs and money, according to court records

Floyd was sentenced to 10 months in state jail for possession of cocaine in a December 2005 arrest

He had previously been sentenced to eight months for the same offense, stemming from an October 2002 arrest

Floyd was arrested in 2002 for criminal trespassing and served 30 days in jail

He had another stint for a theft in August 1998 https://greatgameindia.com/george-floyd-criminal/

WKUSports

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The_Shadow_Knows

Hush! Didn't you hear our beloved Governor Beshear...ONLY black lives matter

Dr. Strangelove

Well said. Black Lives Matter is founded on lies. It doesn't give a dam about Black Lives and is basically a subsidiary of the Democrat Marxist party. Which 50 years ago had some semblance of democratic in it. Look at the Black Lives Matter website and see where the contributions go. Basically back to the Democrat party. I stand with our police and law enforcement.

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