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"People sleep peaceably in their beds at night only because rough men stand ready to do violence on their behalf."
    
~ George Orwell, Indian Imperial Police Department.

R.I.P.
P.O. Rafael Ramos
P.O. Wenjian Liu

Your sacrifice will not be in vain nor will be forgotten.

NYC Police Union Chief Blames Mayor, Protesters For Police Killings

Dec. 21 2014

After the murder of two NYPD officers on Saturday, the outspoken head of the city’s primary police union blamed protesters and Mayor Bill de Blasio for the deaths of Officers Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos.

"There’s blood on many hands tonight," NYC Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association president Pat Lynch said Saturday night, ratcheting up already frigid tensions between City Hall and One Police Plaza.

Lynch blamed those who “incited violence on the street under the guise of protest,” — a reference to the swell of demonstrations in New York City and across the U.S. in the wake of a grand jury decision to not indict a New York police officer for killing an unarmed black man, Eric Garner, earlier this fall.

Lynch then went after Mayor de Blasio: “That blood on the hands starts on the steps of City Hall, in the office of the mayor.” He went on to praise the fallen officers, and said that those responsible for the killing will be held responsible. (Video above.)

Officers Liu and Ramos were shot dead “execution style” while in their patrol car on Saturday afternoon in Brooklyn. Ismaaiyl Brinsley, 28, ambushed the officers, ran away to a nearby subway station, then committed suicide by shooting himself in the head.

The PBA has been highly critical of the mayor’s stance on police tactics and his support forprotests about police brutality. The union has also asked its members to ban the mayor from attending officer’s funerals.

Saturday night, the rank and file joined in when police officers deliberately turned their backs on de Blasio as he walked past after visiting with Liu and Ramos’ grieving families.

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This Crime Was Committed 81 Times, But Only 1 Went To Trial. Here’s What The Suspects Had In Common.

Spoiler alert: They were cops.

The families of both Eric Garner and Michael Brown condemned the fatal shooting of two New York City police officers in what is believed to be retribution for their deaths, which have sparked national protests.

"I’m standing here in sorrow about losing those two police officers. That was definitely not our agenda. We are going in peace," Garner’s mother Gwen Carr said at a news conference today.

Carr stood alongside Rev. Al Sharpton and her son’s widow, each reiterating that while they want protesters to make a point, they must do so peacefully.

"My husband was not a violent man, so we do not want any violence connected to his name," Esaw Garner said today.

Michael Brown’s family issued a statement through their lawyers just hours after the shooting in Brooklyn, sending their thoughts and prayers to the families of officers Wenjian Liu and Raphael Ramos, who police say were shot and killed by Ismaaiyl Brinsley.

"We reject any kind of violence directed toward members of law enforcement. It cannot be tolerated. We must work together to bring peace to our communities," the statement said.

Garner died after an officer put him in a chokehold while stopping him for selling loose, untaxed cigarettes, while Brown was shot and killed by a police officer in Ferguson, Missouri, over the summer.

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ABC News, “New York Police Officer Shootings Denounced by Families of Eric Garner, Michael Brown.”

Just to be clear: every time, every damned time we’ve heard from the families or their lawyers about protests — protests over the murder of their sons, of their husbands, of their children — they have unequivocally and without reservation asked that no violence of any kind be committed in their loved ones’ names.  

Every damned time.

I’m sorry, but if you post anything celebrating the death of police officers, I’m gonna unfollow you and block you for the rest of my life.

It’s just disgusting, and plain wrong, and I don’t care what reason you give for supporting your opinion.

Just cuz the police aren’t always fair doesn’t mean you have to start shooting them. It isn’t going to make things any easier. RIP to the two police officers that were murdered today in Brooklyn, NY. One of them just had their 40th birthday an the other just got married. Not all police officers are corrupt. Some are here to protect us.

How Dangerous Is It To Be A Cop?

Via Peter Frase:

Policing is not the country’s safest job, to be sure. But as the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries shows, it’s far from the most dangerous.

The 2012 data reports that for “police and sheriff’s patrol officers,” the Fatal Injury Rate — that is, the “number of fatal occupational injuries per 100,000 full-time equivalent workers” — was 15.0.

That includes all causes of death — of the 105 dead officers recorded in the 2012 data, only 51 died due to “violence and other injuries by persons or animals.” Nearly as many, 48, died in “transportation incidents,” i.e., crashing their cars.

Here are some occupations with higher fatality rates than being a cop:

  • Logging workers: 129.9
  • Fishers and related fishing workers: 120.8
  • Aircraft pilots and flight engineers: 54.3
  • Roofers: 42.2
  • Structural iron and steel workers: 37.0
  • Refuse and recyclable material collectors: 32.3
  • Drivers/sales workers and truck drivers: 24.3
  • Electrical power-line installers and repairers: 23.9
  • Farmers, ranchers and other agricultural managers: 22.8
  • Construction laborers: 17.8
  • Taxi drivers and chauffeurs: 16.2
  • Maintenance and repairs workers, general: 15.7

And for good measure, some more that approach the allegedly terrifying risks of being a police officer:

  • First-line supervisors of landscaping, lawn service, and groundskeeping workers: 14.7
  • Grounds maintenance workers: 14.2
  • Athletes, coaches, umpires, and related workers: 13.0

Needless deaths are always tragic.  But you are more likely to die driving a taxi in New York City than you are to die as a cop.  Despite what the NYPD would have you believe, being a police officer is not the most dangerous job in America.  Far from it, actually.  It’s not even in the top ten.

Man shoots, kills 2 NYPD police officers 'execution style', Reports say it was revenge for Garner and Brown

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This is both horrible and tragic. Two NYPD police officers were shot “execution style” as they sat in a marked police car by a man who reportedly wanted revenge for the deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner.

From The New York Post:

Two uniformed NYPD officers were shot dead Saturday afternoon as they sat in their marked police car on a Brooklyn street corner — in what investigators believe was a crazed gunman’s ­assassination-style mission to avenge Eric Garner and Michael Brown.

“It’s an execution,” one law-enforcement source said of the 3 p.m. shooting of police officers Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos.

The tragic heroes were working overtime as part of an anti-terrorism drill in Bedford-Stuyvesant when they were shot point-blank in the head by the lone gunman, identified by sources as Ismaaiyl Brinsley, 28, who had addresses in Georgia and Brooklyn.

Moments after killing the two officers, he too was dead, having turned the gun on himself on a nearby subway platform as cops closed in.

“I’m Putting Wings on Pigs Today,” a person believed to be the gunman wrote on Instagram in a message posted just three hours before the officers were shot.

“They Take 1 Of Ours…Let’s Take 2 of Theirs,” the post continued, signing off with, “This May Be My Final Post.”

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Absolutely horrific.

Police Chief William J. Bratton said:

They were “shot and killed with no warning, no provocation,” Bratton told reporters. “They were quite simply, assassinated.”

Both officers were reportedly shot in the head.

Look, the only person directly responsible for this atrocity is the gunman himself. It’s not productive to blame those who didn’t pull the trigger. But it should be obvious now just how dangerous it is to incite or encourage, in any way, an angry mob who openly calls for the deaths of police officers. And that’s exactly what has been happening as of late, from race hustlers to the media to politicians. Violent (or threatening) protests and protesters should have been swiftly and universally condemned. But they weren’t. Instead, they were encouraged until the anger of the protesters (whether justified or not) boiled over.

Today I stopped Caring
By Lt Daniel Furseth, DeForest, Wisconsin Police Department-

Via NYC Fire Wire

Today, I stopped caring about my fellow man. I stopped caring about my community, my neighbors, and those I serve. I stopped caring today because a once noble profession has become despised, hated, distrusted, and mostly unwanted.

I stopped caring today because parents refuse to teach their kids right from wrong and blame us when they are caught breaking the law. I stopped caring today because parents tell their little kids to be good or “the police will take you away” embedding a fear from year one. Moms hate us in their schools because we frighten them and remind them of the evil that lurks in the world.

They would rather we stay unseen, but close by if needed, but readily available to “fix their kid.” I stopped caring today because we work to keep our streets safe from mayhem in the form of reckless, drunk, high, or speeding drivers, only to be hated for it, yet hated even more because we didn’t catch the drunk before he killed someone they may know.

Nevertheless, we are just another tool used by government to generate “revenue.” I stopped caring today because Liberals hate the police as we carry guns, scare kids, and take away their drugs. We always kill innocent people with unjust violence. We are called bullies for using a Taser during a fight, but are condemned further for not first tasing the guy who pulls a gun on us.

And if we do have to shoot, we are asked “why didn’t you just shoot the gun out of their hand?” And when one of us is killed by the countless attacks that do happen (but are rarely reported in the mainstream media) the haters say, “Its just part of the job.” I stopped caring today because Conservatives hate us as we are “the Government.” We try to take away their guns, freedoms, and liberty at every turn.

We represent a “Police State” where “jackbooted badge-wearing thugs” randomly attack innocent people without cause or concern for constitutional rights. We are Waco, Ruby Ridge, and Rodney King all rolled into one lone police officer stopping to help change an old lady’s tire. I stopped caring today as no one wants us around, but instantly demands answers, results, arrests, when a crime takes place.

If a crime isn’t solved within the allocated 60 minutes it takes CSI on television, we are inept, incompetent, or covering something up. If we do get “lucky” it was just that and everyone with a Facebook account can post wonderful comments of how “they” would solve the case and how “we” are not nearly as clever.

I stopped caring today because a video of a cop six states away, from a department that you never heard of, screws up and forgets his oath of honor, thus firing up an internet lynch-mob of cop haters even though 99% of us work twice as hard not to end up in the news and to still be “the good guys.” We are “militarized” because we wear body armor and kevlar helmets when shots are fired or rocks thrown at us and carry scary looking rifles even though everyone knows that they are easier to shoot and are more accurate than a handgun or a shotgun.

I stopped caring today because the culture of today’s instantly connected youth is only there to take and never give back. To never accept responsibility for ones actions, but to blame everyone else instead of themselves. To ask “what is in it for me?” versus “what can I do for you?”

To idolize gangsters, thugs, sexually promiscuous behavior, and criminals over hard work, dedication, and achievement. To argue that getting stoned should be a right, yet getting a job or an education is a hassle. To steal verus earn. To hate versus help. Yes, I stopped caring today. But tomorrow, I will put my uniform back on and I will care again.

The New York Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association, the NYPD’s union, has issued this statement following the deaths of two police officers in an ambush:

“Starting IMMEDIATELY: At least two units are to respond to EVERY call, no matter the condition or severity, no matter what type of job is pending, or what the opinion of the patrol supervisor happens to be.

“IN ADDITION: Absolutely NO enforcement action in the form of arrests and or summonses is to be taken unless absolutely necessary and an individual MUST be placed under arrest.

“These are precautions that were taken in the 1970’s when police officers were ambushed and executed on a regular basis.

The mayor’s hands are literally dripping with our blood because of his words actions and policies and we have, for the first time in a number of years, become a ‘wartime’ police department. We will act accordingly.

Typically, when a war is declared, there has to be two sides. Even the War on Terror has Al Qaeda to face. Today, the black community is devoid of any organization for defending itself in warfare. However, the NYPD wishes to make reference to a time when it wasn’t and act as such. During the 1970s, there was a serious low-level insurgency going on in America, in which organizations like the Black Liberation Army and the Weather Underground participated violently. The former is blamed by the NYPD alone for the murder of 13 of its officers during that decade. Police went to great lengths to put a lid on this boiling pot, including the regular and sustained use of torture, much as in the modern War on Terror. That didn’t stop the BLA from operating in self defense. It took on numerous anti-racist actions, like the bombing of a police funeral and an aircraft hijacking. But today, the memory of that heroism has been wiped from history. Assata Shakur was considered by many to be the “soul” of the organization, yet posts about her I see on Tumblr fail to make that connection and discuss useless distractions like whether she was guilty or innocent of a single incident of cop shooting, as though she wouldn’t be justified either way. It’s true the FBI tried to pin her for as many crimes as they could, under its Operation CHESROB (actually an operation to destroy the BLA, although it took its name from Shakur’s married name, Chesimard). They blamed nearly every bank robbery on the east coast on her, in an effort to portray the BLA as a gang of thugs. In fact, when they committed violent actions, it was almost always related to anti-imperialism. When they robbbed the South Bronx Social Club in 1971, it was because of that business’ role as a front for pushing drugs in the black community and because police officers took bribes there. Denying Shakur’s role in these violent actions does a disservice to her struggle, the BLA’s struggle, and the entire anti-Capitalist struggle, as former field secretary of the BLA’s New York chapter Dhoruba al-Mujahid bin Wahad explains. With that struggle lost in the minds of today’s activists, we walk into a newly declared war unarmed and at an even greater disadvantage than our forebears had.