Police Abuse

Criticism Does Not Kill Cops

Tarring opponents as accomplices to murder is deadly to debate.

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After Jared Loughner killed six people and wounded 14 at a Tucson shopping center in 2011, talk radio titan Rush Limbaugh ridiculed attempts to blame the mass shooting on inflammatory right-wing rhetoric. But after Micah Johnson killed five police officers and wounded nine in downtown Dallas last week, Limbaugh did not hesitate to blame the violence on the Black Lives Matter movement.

Limbaugh was right then, and he's wrong now. Tarring one's political adversaries as accomplices to murder while calling for greater civility in public debate is a neat trick if you can pull it off, but it's still a trick.

"I understand the First Amendment," Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick told Fox News the day after the Dallas massacre. "I understand freedom of speech."

Yet in the next breath, Patrick insisted that "you can't go out on social media and mainstream media and everywhere else and say that the police are racist, that the police are hateful, the police are killers." He argued that "too many in the general public who aren't criminals but have a big mouth are creating situations like we saw last night."

It must be said that the alleged connection between Johnson and criticism of police is more plausible than the alleged connection between Loughner and the bare-knuckle politicking represented by Sarah Palin's notorious map with crosshairs over the congressional districts of Democrats targeted for defeat. Loughner had no discernible ideology, and his motive for trying to assassinate Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.) remains obscure, while Johnson, who deliberately shot white cops, was avowedly avenging the police shootings that prompted the Black Lives Matter protest during which he opened fire.

Still, it is neither fair nor reasonable to judge a cause by the people who commit violence in its name, which is what Patrick and his allies would have us do. On his show last Friday, Limbaugh declared that Black Lives Matter is "quickly becoming a terrorist group committing hate crimes."

Limbaugh's guest, Heather Mac Donald, author of The War on Cops, said President Obama is also implicated. "President Obama lied to the nation last night, and he embraced the Black Lives Matter myth that there is a racist war by white officers against black civilians in this country," she said. "And we see the results."

What Obama actually said was that "all of us as Americans should be troubled by these shootings," referring to the deaths of Alton Sterling in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and Philando Castile in Falcon Heights, Minnesota—incidents in which police killed black men who seemed to pose no threat that would justify the use of lethal force. "These are not isolated incidents," he said. "They're symptomatic of a broader set of racial disparities that exist in our criminal justice system."

Obama cited statistics indicating that blacks are more likely than whites to be stopped by police, to be searched, to be arrested, and to be shot, and that they tend to receive longer sentences for comparable crimes. "When incidents like [these shootings] occur," he said, "there's a big chunk of our fellow citizenry that feels as if, because of the color of their skin, they are not being treated the same."

Contrary to Mac Donald's gloss, Obama did not say anything about the motives underlying questionable police shootings, let alone charge police with waging "a racist war." In fact, he expressed his "extraordinary appreciation and respect for the vast majority of police officers who put their lives on the line to protect us every single day."

One can question the significance of the disparities Obama cited (as Mac Donald does), and one can question his focus on skin color when the problem of excessive force transcends race. But if this sort of mild commentary is beyond the pale because it might inspire murder, any discussion of controversial issues has to be seen as a threat to public safety, an attitude that makes free and open debate impossible.

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  1. “Tarring opponents as accomplices to murder is deadly to debate.”

    Killing debate is what they want. “No conversation, just accept what I say. If you don’t, you’re wrong.” A common attitude in politics today…not just in the US.

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    2. By peddling the notion that there is “systemic racism” in police departments across the country, Hillary Clinton and President Obama fueled rage among people like the Dallas shooter.

      It is odd that Sullum repeats this claim by Obama, without noting that it is entirely explained by the higher black crime rate (and blacks who commit “comparable crimes” tend to have a longer rap sheet and more prior crimes):

      “Obama cited statistics indicating that blacks are more likely than whites to be stopped by police, to be searched, to be arrested, and to be shot, and that they tend to receive longer sentences for comparable crimes.”

      None of these statistics show racism at all, as this link explains: http://goo.gl/k7xD6l

      As the black lawyer and civil-rights commissioner Peter Kirsanow notes, blacks are stopped more by police because they commit traffic and moving violations at a higher rate than whites. As a commenter notes below, a recent study by a black Harvard professor finds no police bias in shootings.

      Blacks are arrested at a rate twice that of whites (as Obama said) because they commit crimes at a rate more than twice that of whites (something Obama will never admit). Blacks commit murder at a rate eight times higher than non-Hispanic whites, according to FBI data.

      Blacks do not actually “receive longer sentences for comparable crimes.” They only seem to, if you wrongly ignore their prior arrests and convictions (black offenders tend to have more prior convictions).

      1. Thanks for the link to a wacko conspiracy website.
        Those fucking liibruls are destroying ‘Murrica.
        Just like the extremists in the BLM movement who were protesting so peacefully in Dallas, chatting and joking with Dallas cops. Black bastards.

        1. The link in my comment was to a lawyer’s commentary linking to published federal crime statistics found in the Uniform Crime Reports, and to data collected by the federal Bureau of Justice Statistics.

          Not to a wacko conspiracy website.

          1. Actually, the continuing campaign against the police can be traced back to the insidiously subversive “NYPD drones” campaign, which obliged law enforcement to engage in a manhunt to identify and arrest the creator of those impertinent “satires.” In general, the Internet has also been used as a tool to undermine our basic respect for authority. See the documentation of America’s leading criminal “satire” case at:

            http://raphaelgolbtrial.wordpress.com/

          2. The link in my comment was to a lawyer’s commentary linking to published federal crime statistics found in the Uniform Crime Reports, and to data collected by the federal Bureau of Justice Statistics

            You are MASSIVELY full of shit ,… on both the writer and the website.

            Anyone who doubts that can spend a mere 20 seconds or so to see this link with their own eyes.
            http://goo.gl/k7xD6l

            Now we all know why you cite wacko conspiracy websites,

            1. You seem to have reading comprehension problems. I cited to a web site containing a lengthy discussion of crime statistics by a lawyer, who in turn linked to the Uniform Crime Reports by the FBI, and the federal Bureau of Justice Statistics:

              “The murder rate is eight times higher among blacks than among non-Hispanic whites. (See Wikipedia, “Race and Crime in the United States.”) More than half of all murders are committed by blacks, who are just 13% of the population. (See FBI, “2014 Uniform Crime Reports: Crime in the United States,” Table 43A, Arrests by Race, 2014.)

              “These higher arrest and conviction rates reflect higher crime rates among blacks, not racism by police or the criminal justice system. Innocent blacks are not being “railroaded” or subjected to “mass incarceration.” Black victims themselves tend to identify their assailants as black. As City Journal has noted, “the race of criminals reported by crime victims matches arrest data. As long ago as 1978, a study of robbery and aggravated assault in eight cities found parity between the race of assailants in victim identifications and in arrests?a finding replicated many times since, across a range of crimes. No one has ever come up with a plausible argument as to why crime victims would be biased in their reports.” For example, 43.7% of all rapists in state prisons were black, according to a 1997 report by the Bureau of Justice Statistics.”

              1. You seem to have reading comprehension problems. I cited to a web site

                (yawn) Knowing you are a pathetic bullshitter, I duplicated your link and invited people to see with their own eyes.

                I shall do so again.

                http://goo.gl/k7xD6l

        2. Is the a wacko conspiracy website?

          http://tinyurl.com/z3uayk3

          1. No, but he’s still full of shit on his link. And you’re full of shit on the data.

            2 The ethnicity totals are representative of those agencies that provided ethnicity breakdowns. Not all agencies provide ethnicity data;

            Thank you for proving me point even more.

  2. Wow! How can I nominate this for a Pulitzer?
    (Or equivalent)

    1. I’ll just leave this here.

      1. Says the child in the room,

        1. .I’ll just point to this, and walk away laughing

  3. Harvard Economist: No Racial Bias in Police Shootings

    But when it comes to the most lethal form of force ? police shootings ? the study finds no racial bias.

    “It is the most surprising result of my career,” said Roland G. Fryer Jr., the author of the study and a professor of economics at Harvard. The study examined more than 1,000 shootings in 10 major police departments, in Texas, Florida and California.

    The result contradicts the image of police shootings that many Americans hold after the killings (some captured on video) of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo.; Tamir Rice in Cleveland; Walter Scott in South Carolina; Alton Sterling in Baton Rouge, La.; and Philando Castile in Minnesota.

    1. So, Obama actually did lie?
      Where the hell did I put my shocked face?

      1. IIRC the discussion about this study, they found disparities between lots of things, but not people actually killed by police.

    2. Yeah, the Cleveland police had to pay a $6 million settlement to the parents of Tamir Rice, the fucking cowards.
      And tens of millions of Americans were subjected to mind control, in the computer-manipulated video showing an officer pin Alton Sterling to the ground and shoot him to death.

      Not to mention lage,long’s dishonest quote from the NY Times news story. Immediately after the section cited we see:

      “The study did not say whether the most egregious examples ? those at the heart of the nation’s debate on police shootings ? are free of racial bias. Instead, it examined a larger pool of shootings, including nonfatal ones.”

      (the researcher) emphasizes that the work is not the definitive analysis of police shootings, and that more data would be needed to understand the country as a whole. This work focused only on what happens once the police have stopped civilians, not on the risk of being stopped at all.

      ooops

    3. This trend of citing a single study or a few studies that reach conclusions you like in order to ‘prove’ that you’re correct is silly. Especially the social science studies, because there is no science to be found there. People usually don’t even wait until the studies are replicated, let alone until there is actual scientific consensus and the matter has been studied extensively.

      It would be smart to refuse to play this ‘Cite A Recent Study’ game, but bullshitters tend to love it because they are dishonest.

      1. Even worse when they blatantly lie about the study.
        But they’re not racists!

  4. Can we still at the very least blame gun owners for owning guns and making cops nervous and jumpy and shooty and killy??

    1. The problem is not enough gun control, because one more law, or three, would have stopped that Dallas sniper.

      1. We’re so close!

      2. The problem is not enough gun control, because one more law, or three, would have stopped that Dallas sniper.

        Not quite shocked enough to pay off the lien on my shocked face, but the brazenness with which they suggest disarming the targets/victims in Dallas is astounding.

        Also, I must admit, the situation does help clearly delineate the useful idiots from the zealots. When you point out that even if no civilians were armed and only the police had guns that, in the end, they gave up on a shooting solution and blew him up; you quickly sort out the people who haven’t thought the gun situation all the way through from those who explicitly don’t care to.

    2. Well, then banning all guns will make them more jumpy and shooty and killy. You know why? Because then they’ll be all more jumpy and shooty and killy because people will have ‘illegal’ guns, which everyone knows are way more scarier and magically killier than legal guns.

    3. Why beat around the bush? Go to the real problem.
      Bullets. Without them …..

  5. I blame Obama and the media’s divisive rhetoric and a political class that is now completely out of touch with the average citizen.

    For all of the talk about how Trump is not presidential like enough to be president, is he any less presidential than the divider in chief that’s occupying the Whitehouse now? Admittedly, I can’t see Trump as POTUS, but no president in my memory was anything like the petulant thin skinned narcissist we have now. Trump couldn’t be worse, he’d just be unpresidential in a different way. And what about Hillary? A screeching old bat who would stay completely hidden from the public for long periods of time while plotting up every shady corrupt deal that you could possibly imagine and worse. I don’t know how we avoid a dictatorship within a few more elections if we keep heading down this path. For this, I blame the voters.

  6. I would bet that if this entire BLM narrative wasn’t being hyped so hard in the media and elsewhere on the internet and in protests, the guy probably wouldn’t have killed the cops.

    In Loughner ‘s case, as I recall the guy never even knew Palin or her crosshair maps even existed. But let’s suppose he did and his craziness was motivated by them.

    You can’t limit the rights of 300 million people over the (apparently) one-in-300-million possibility that some nutjob will get carried away. We’re all a million times more likely to die some other way first. When people talk of the limits to rights, such odds mean these rare incidents should never even be considered as a valid reason.

    1. The BLM movement wouldn’t exist if cops didn’t have a get-out-of-jail free card for murdering and beating people.

      1. Maybe not, but all these groups are astroturf and if it wasn’t this it would be something else to help charge up the black base which is needed to help the dems win in November.

        1. You realize you’re making the exact same arguments against BLM that dems made against the Tea Party?

          1. Thanks, MWG, for clarity. Tribalism infects all sides. But only the few remaining partisans.

          2. BLM is funded $30 Million by Soros. The Tea Party did not have that kind of funding. You are hard pressed to find violence and damage by Tea Party groups, and they left the parks in the same shape they found them, not burned to the ground.

            1. BLM is funded $30 Million by Soros.

              The world needs MORE conspiracy nuts, all seeking praise from their puppetmasters

              The Tea Party did not have that kind of funding.

              Google “freedomworks” then wipe the egg off your face.

              Then see how snopes documents you as either a liar or a sucker,
              http://www.snopes.com/politics…..rguson.asp

              Oh wait. Snopes is financed by Soros too!!
              (walks away laughing)

              1. Looks to me like your link supports his claim. $33 million in fact.

                1. Looks to me like your link supports his claim. $33 million in fact.(laughing) Bigots always see what they want to see.

                  In all, Mr. Soros gave at least $33 million in one year to support already-established groups that emboldened the grass-roots, on-the-ground activists in Ferguson,

                  Wrong year. Wrong recipients. Wrong universe?

          3. Same argument, but not the same basis in fact.

            Original TEA parties were not astroturf. So much not so that the establishment GOP also helped shut them down.

            1. How many moons circle YOUR planet?

      2. I’d also bet that cop and jury behavior is a direct result of the violence level of the country itself. And then my post here and your response, all preordained by fate. But I talking about principles and rights. These require the concept of free will and no one gets a pass at that point.

      3. BLM wouldn’t exist without the $30 million supplied by Soros. This is a paid political movement to agitate and create discord in the nation.

        1. BLM wouldn’t exist without the $30 million supplied by Soros. This is a paid political movement to agitate and create discord in the nation.

          How many times will you post that bullshit?
          But it is true that BM is supported by the Trilateral Commission and the Illuminati.

          This is a paid political movement to agitate and create discord in the nation.

          Then so is the Tea Pary, who you also lied about, with initial financing by Freedomworks. Groups supported by the Kochs and Rupert Murdock support the Tea Party, but not them directly .;;; identical to second-hand support from groups supported by Soros.

    2. It’s also perfectly possible to understand that the narrative that BLM is pushing may have motivated this guy without holding BLM morally or legally culpable for speaking out.

      1. Or that he was pissed at the same murders which launched hundreds of BLMers in the peaceful protest he interrupted in Dallas.

  7. Tarring one’s political adversaries as accomplices to murder while calling for greater civility in public debate is a neat trick if you can pull it off, but it’s still a trick.

    It’s not really that hard to do, since everyone who calls for “greater civility in public debate” is only talking about the other side.

  8. But words are violence!!!!! /progtard millennial snowflake

    1. And you’re not a raging bigot.

      1. Is bigotry a crime?

        1. (laughing) It’s a dedication to being brainwashed by anything that confirms your hatred, Thus, best to ignore their bleating. Why do you ask?

  9. “I understand the First Amendment,” Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick told Fox News the day after the Dallas massacre. “I understand freedom of speech.”

    There doesn’t need to be an actual “but” for the rule of “everything before the ‘but’…” to apply.

  10. Since BLM has called for the killing of cops, which is different then criticizing them, you can blame them for inciting violence. Rush Limbaugh and other radio commentators have not called for violence, You know this so why leave that important fact out? Is it because it destroys your chances of street creed with liberals

    1. And libertarians call for the woodchippering of federal judges.

      I’m not sure it’s fair to say “BLM has called for killing cops”. Anyone can say they are affiliated with BLM and that they want to kill cops. That doesn’t make it some kind of official position of the group. Reminds me of people talking about all the terrible things that the Tea Party stood for whenever some self identified TPer nutcase said something offensive.

      1. it was a BLM protest where they were chanting about frying pigs in a blanket. that is a violent threat.

        1. ?and? You don’t think crazy shit gets said amongst groups of libertarians?

        2. And it was a Libertarian convention where a guy stripped on stage.
          And it’s every Christian church or Jewish Synagougue in America that has a holy book calling for the stoning of gay men.

          To be clear, it’s reasonable to forgive “your side” of excesses that you won’t forgive the “other side” of doing. It’s human nature, imminently understandable.

          But just ’cause a double standard is 100% understandable and reasonable, doesn’t mean it’s not a double standard.

        3. it was a BLM protest where they were chanting about frying pigs in a blanket. that is a violent threat.

          But feeding judges into a wood chipper is a hippie love poem?

        4. No, that chant was hyperbole. But transgenders should use the bathroom of their birth gender isn’t even close to being hyperbole, let alone a threat about killing gay people.

          1. No, that chant was hyperbole

            You’ve been brainwashed, perhaps eagerly.
            This is the report that was linked to the most, including by Cato.

            DOJ is targeting Reason.com, a leading libertarian website whose clever writing is eclipsed only by the blowhard stupidity of its commenting peanut gallery.
            ….Why is the government using its vast power to identify these obnoxious asshats?

            Several commenters on the post found the sentence unjust, and vented their feelings in a rough manner. The grand jury subpoena specifies their comments and demands that Reason.com produce any identifying information on them:

            Its judges like these that should be taken out back and shot.

            It’s judges like these that will be taken out back and shot. FTFY.

            Why waste ammunition? Wood chippers get the message across clearly. Especially if you feed them in feet first.

            Why do it out back? Shoot them out front, on the steps of the courthouse.

            Fuck that. I don’t want to oay for that cunt’s food, housing, and medical. Send her through the wood chipper.

            Bluntly, Reason lied about the content,” even claimed (laughably) that they are not responsible for comments. Co-authored by Welch and Gillespie,

            1. God dammit you moron, look up the word hyperbole in the dictionary!

              I was defending the right to say radical things! But also noting that very non radical things are being elevated to radical status by the “progressive” left.

              1. God dammit you moron, look up the word hyperbole in the dictionary!

                Bully somebody else.

                I was defending the right to say radical things

                My cite was more than radical. And your example was either a blatant lie or massively stupid.
                Frying pigs in a blanket has NOTHING to do with gays, genius wordsmith.

                by the “progressive” left.

                But not by anyone else.
                Thanks for confirming your bigotry.

      2. And libertarians call for the woodchippering of federal judges.

        And debating whether to feed them in head first or feet first.

        1. the question is context, were the wood chipping comments made in Jest or while marching with wood chippers?

          1. Here’s the report that everyone linked to, including Cato. I only have room for the worst.

            “DOJ is targeting Reason.com, a leading libertarian website whose clever writing is eclipsed only by the blowhard stupidity of its commenting peanut gallery
            Its judges like these that should be taken out back and shot.
            It’s judges like these that WILL be taken out back and shot. FTFY.
            Why waste ammunition? Wood chippers get the message across clearly. Especially if you feed them in feet first.
            Why do it out back? Shoot them out front, on the steps of the courthouse.
            I hope there is a special place in hell reserved for that horrible woman.
            (the judge)
            Fuck that. I don’t want to pay for that cunt’s food, housing, and medical. Send her through the wood chipper.

            Popehat

            Reason’s report on the legal issues was immensely dishonest, cited only the mildest comments as “obviously hyperbolic.” They deny responsibility for comments, on the ONLY major political website which refuses to monitor comments. Popehat shows how libertarianism was publicly humiliated by all this … now at least two dozen commenters with woodchipper in their handle. It’s also why we see so many rightwing thugs here. Nobody else allows them
            See?

            1. Thank you for proving so decisively that you are slathering progressive biased idiot.

              1. Nothing more desperate than a bigoted asshole denying documented proof.
                Just as crazy as calling me a progressive. Here’s more proof jammed up your ass.
                The web archive of my published writing. See the ones on taxes, federalism and health care
                http://libertyissues,com/archive.htm

                So who’s the bigot, chump?

      3. “how do we want cops, dead, when do we want it, NOW!” “pigs in a blanket, fry them like bacon.”

        I would consider those protest marches as a call to action. This wasn’t a nutjob, but in organized marches in various cities.

        1. Based on the number of line-of-duty deaths of law enforcement over the past two decades, if that’s a “call to action” it’s one of the most piss-poor calls to action ever.

        2. This wasn’t a nutjob, but in organized marches in various cities.

          Shameful, Like your bullshit about Soros.

  11. Fuck the police. Also, fuck BLM for turning the problems of a militarized police force and police accountability into a racism narrative.

    1. ^^THIS^^^

  12. I guess we’re going to have to outlaw black people. If it saves just one cop.

    1. Just return them to slavery. Trump says all our cotton comes from Mexico now.

  13. “there’s a big chunk of our fellow citizenry”

    Ladies and gentlemen, I give you the great orator.

  14. Star football players are penalized more often than below average players. That too is evidence of bias. Right?

    1. Yeah, offsides is such a terrible crime.

  15. any discussion of controversial issues has to be seen as a threat to public safety, an attitude that makes free and open debate impossible.

    Time to move from the soap box to the ballot box.

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  17. “Still, it is neither fair nor reasonable to judge a cause by the people who commit violence in its name […]”
    What, like a one-off instance? Sure, that’s unfair.

    But if there’s a clear pattern over years and years that shows up in statistics and can be measured?

    Kind of a different story, no? Isolated incidents are one thing?. Repeated consistent patterns are another.
    ________
    ?And to be clear, even with Dallas, 2016 is still on track to have fewer police officer line-of-duty deaths then 2015. Even the Officer Down Memorial Page, which has a very broad definition of “line of duty deaths”, has the trend over the last decade going down with 2016 part of that trend.

    Data from ODMG:
    Year : Line-of-Duty Deaths
    2016 : 62 (in progress)
    2015 : 130
    2014 : 145
    2013 : 123
    2012 : 139
    2011 : 180
    2010 : 177
    2009 : 140
    2008 : 161
    2007 : 204
    2006 : 161
    2005 : 166
    2004 : 166
    2003 : 152
    2002 : 160
    2001 : 242
    2000 : 164
    1999 : 152
    1998 : 178
    1997 : 179

    1. And to be clear, even with Dallas, 2016 is still on track to have fewer police officer line-of-duty deaths then 2015.

      Only because the War on Cops isn’t severe enough.
      /sarc

      1. Despicable comment.

        1. Sarcasm based on fact?

  18. I saw a tweet the other day asking if the left who say that criticism of Islamic radicals causes them to commit jihad, will acknowledge that badmouthing police causes things like Dallas. Seemed like the argument gets twisted in the middle. The sad thing is that we have been talking ‘war on cops’ for a long time. Some start it after Ferguson, but we have been using that term for years before that. And when you tell cops that they are at war with the people they serve for a long time, you change their relationship. All this when we see over 30% fewer annual police deaths in recent years than in the 1980s. Raw numbers. If you adjust for a growth in population (assuming roughly proportional growth in policing), it would be down by about 45% relatively. Still, both sides need to tone down the rhetoric to move toward a better situation.

    1. he left who say that criticism of Islamic radicals causes them to commit jihad,

      Nobody says that. Avoid wacko websites. Become a skeptic of clearly insane claims by bigots,

      Seemed like the argument gets twisted in the middle.

      That’s not what’s twisted.

      both sides need to tone down the rhetoric You go first.

  19. Gee really? You don’t say?

    Yes “WE” need to stop doing this. The Progressives can go first…… But there’s no chance in hell they will.

    They can get back to me about “acceptable conversations” when they’re willing to try having one, just ONE of them.

    1. As if your tribal ranting is “acceptable conversation?”

      1. The problem is the Proggies (and you’re pulling this shit too) act as if they are oh so innocent little flowers.

        1. The problem is the Proggies (and you’re pulling this shit too) act as if they are oh so innocent little flowers

          As if your tribal ranting is “acceptable conversation?”
          Hint: I mentioned only your language. So you’re a bigot AND a liar.

  20. Yes, criticism DOES kill cops, depending on its origin and its intensity. Obama’s persistent criticism of the “mistakes” and so-called systemic racism in law enforcement has directly contributed to the climate of suspicion, and BLM outrageous calls for killing cops has directly contributed to the climate of murderous hate. Let’s not exculpate the merchants of hate while excoriating those who stand between us and lawlessness and mayhem.

    1. Yes, criticism DOES kill cops

      Really now? So you can point to instances where someone criticizes cops, and then those cops magically die? Or could it be that the criticism isn’t killing the cops, but some people who take violent actions are?

      If someone sees criticisms of cops and then chooses to go out and murder cops, they are personally responsible for their own actions. You can choose how you react to someone else’s speech, so there is no one at fault but them.

    2. Yes, criticism DOES kill cops, depending on its origin and its intensity

      We should repeal the First Amendment? How many other rights would you destroy?

      Wait! I know!!! BAN the video which shows the officer pinning Alton Sterling to the ground and shooting him to death. We simply cannot trust Negroes to deal with facts. They just get all uppity.

  21. Notice that the “suspect” in the Dallas shootings was killed by police without due process, by what amounted to a drone strike. At the time he was killed, he was not a threat to anyone. Worst of all, this “cop justice” didn’t happen in a back alley, it was right in front of the whole world. Also, they blew him up with explosives. Did Dallas PD just happen to keep a locker full of bombs handy or did they whip up an IED on demand. What is the legality of that? Militarized indeed, along with judge, jury, and executioner.

    1. Do you write for The Onion?

  22. you people hide the TRUTH………..

    Dallas Mass cop murderer’s Arabic name was Fahed Hassen – racist domestic terrorists ‘Black Lives Matter’ and their Comrades

    “During the search of the suspect’s home, detectives found bomb making materials, ballistic vests, rifles, ammunition, and a personal journal of combat tactics.”
    ? Dallas Mass cop murderer’s Arabic name was Fahed Hassen
    ? Dallas Mass Cop Murderer was Follower of Nation of Islam

    ? Chaos in St. Paul – Police injured after #BlackLivesMatter Attacks Cops With Rocks, * Rebar, Bottles, Fireworks, Molotov Cocktails, July 10, 2016
    ? Gunfire hits San Antonio police headquarters, July 10, 2016
    ? Violence at another Black Lives matter event in Chicago, July 9, 2016
    ? New Black Panther Leader: Cop Killer Micah Johnson ‘Just Got Five Of The Bastards’

    http://www.newswithviews.com/Devvy/kidd730.htm

    1. You people hide the TRUTH….

      (laughjng) Your wacko website deals in hysteria like the New World Order and other threats to the white race.

  23. No, criticism of criticism of criticism of cops kills cops. Okay, maybe it’s just hypocritical.

    The question that really needs to be answered though is why does it seem like white cops been have had it out for young black males as of late? Could it be that BLM is overstating the problem (especially in light of overwhelming black on black crime statistics and cops naturally profiling) and New Black Panter crazies are just coming up with solutions?

    The bigger casualty of BLM though is any hope that black leaders and prohibitionists will take some responsibility for the absolute breakdown of the black family. No, wait, cops are why blacks can’t get ahead, as if a racist cop wishes he could keep all those Asians down. They’re just so hard to spot driving and all!

    1. The question that really needs to be answered though is why does it seem like white cops been have had it out for young black males as of late?

      Read the posting. They’ve been saying it for five decades that I know of. Now everyone has video with proof.

      Could it be that BLM is overstating the problemCould it be that you suffer severe denial? How do we overstate video proof.

      New Black Panter crazies are just coming up with solutions?

      Your fellow Klansmen are coming up with lame excuses. Did you even see the video of the cop pinning Alton Sterling to the ground with one hand and shooting him to death with the other one?

      1. OMG. Ya know how many cops are out there doing the right thing? Or do you assume the vast majority are bad and just not being videotaped?

        You would think this armed group of racists working for the government would be able to keep blacks out of positions of power, especially if not being recorded! Oops, judging by the Dallas memorial, they’re doing a horrible job! OR, there’s just not that many bad/racist cops. The problem is overstated. But thanks for making yourself look like a jackass and calling me a klansman.

  24. This article is as guilty of false equivalence as anything the author purports to see elsewhere.

    1. “False equivalence” is the new denial. Any examples?

  25. The TEA parties were broad brushed as racist wackos for much less than what the BLM protests have displayed, displayed with regularity, and displayed without any sort of self policing or corrective measures.

  26. limbaugh might have a point now and then. most people do, if only by accident, but he’s a politician with a radio show, nothing more. the idea that he’d blame his opponents but be outraged when his team is blamed is simply politics by a different medium.

  27. “He who can make you believe absurdities, can make you commit atrocities.”

    The Obama administration and the left-wing media spent the last 8 years convincing these people that they’re being killed over their skin color. Now they’re killing white people and cops, believing they’re “fighting back”.

    This is not a matter of simple criticism. This is incitement to violence.

  28. The Obama administration and the left-wing media spent the last 8 years convincing these people that they’re being killed over their skin color.

    All those videos were manufactured by computers, in George Soros’ basement? You DARE to exploit dead cops for your racist agenda?

    Now they’re killing white people and cops, believing they’re “fighting back”.

    Police deaths are at record lows … for the same period as your hysteria, If dem darkies keep going, police deaths will disappear from the earth! And you’ll need a new set of lies.

    This is incitement to violence.

    Well, you’re honest about your motives/

    1. statistics on record at government agencies like FBI prove that cops kill more whites than they do blacks, and blacks kill more blacks than they do whites particularly in the big gun free zone cities like Chicago.
      Further stats demonstrate that blacks commit FAR more (near 60%) crimes against everyone than would be expected by their population figures (about 13% are blacks) Their rate of incarceration for violent crimes is also about 60%.

      1. Further, please get real and consider how difficult it is to distinguish the driver of a car, seen from the rear, with the high and wide “safety” seat backs these days, dark tinted windows, increasinly smaller windows in the back sections of cars, HOW in the world can a cop tell what the race is of the driver these days until AFTER he’s made the decision to “light up” the car for whatever reason….. having NO idea what “class’ of person might be at the wheel. OK then, WHY are so many more blacks “contacted”? Simple. I’ve gotten to the point I can usually tell the cultural identity of drivers by their driving style….. and am amused that I can tell that long before I can SEE the operator or passengers of the vehicle. (I can tell most often when a moslem or hindi driver is at the wheel of a big rig… they drive in a certain style. HOW can I tell when behind a 53 foot dry van such a person is at the wheel? Watch them. I do and have a high rate of accuracy once I can see them through the cab window fifty feet forward.

        Blacks don’t like getting pulled over? Drive like I do…. last moving violation was in 1994 and I’ve driven about a half million miles since then. And no, I rarely observe the speed limit.

  29. Were I Sullum I might find it disturbing that the only commenter who does not seem critical of my argument is Hihn.

    But, you know, maybe that’s just guilt by association.

  30. The problem with BLM is that inflammatory rhetoric is all they’ve got. There’s no discussion, at least at the top, about working with law enforcement and civic leaders, building trust, promoting legislation, etc. etc. It’s like lighting a fuse and not caring what’s at the other end.

    If they believe there’s a systematic state-sponsored program of violence against Blacks, and they want to make that their mission, fine. I won’t presume to tell any organization that they should have a different mission. But create a complete strategy that includes some solutions, not just a few tactics to get everybody all worked up.

    I think BLM’s days are numbered.

  31. Patrick insisted that “you can’t go out on social media and mainstream media and everywhere else and say that the police are racist, that the police are hateful, the police are killers.”

    Yes I can, and I will, because police ARE cowardly killers. The race connection is more tenuous, as cops freely murder people of every race and color (twice as many whites as blacks, but more blacks relative to their population).

    Idiots like Patrick are absolutely determined never to face the real problem, which is coming from the cops, not from the people who write about their misdeeds.

    1. the real problem is the cops? Where have YOU been living? Study out every incident of the past decade or so….. cops wantonly killing or beating folks is far more rare than one would think, given the noise about such things. Remember the stink made when that black thugpunk got his sorry backside killed when he tried to murder a local guy who was taking responsibility to keep his neighbourhood secure? Several recent housebreakings had everyone on edge…. he observed a non-resident of the area lurking and prowling about in folks’ backyards in precisely the area of the housebreakings. The punk jumped him, tried to kill him, and ended up getting shot when the punk discovered his victim’s handgun and said he’d kill him with it. In the tussle, the kid got shot. Turns out we find later on that this kid had been found with stuff from some of those same houses broken into previously. And it was rather strange that, suddenly, the housebreakings ended when the life of the punk did. And yet from Obama on down this was billed as a racist murder of an innocent choirboy……… special prosecutor imported to railroad the victim on murder charges, AtG Holder vowed he’d see “justice done”……

      1. in the end, the local guy was acquitted by a jury of his peers, review of testimony should have had that prosecotor disbarred for drummed up testimony, laying groundless charges, withholding exculpatory evidence, false statements into the media, etc. Holder’s “investigation” was cancelled after the acquittal… he never admitted it, but justice HAD been done. Yet this is still often held up as a perfect example of white on black racist violence…. the media, having falsified the 911 recordings to accuse the victim of racism, also invented the term “white hispanic” to further promote the ‘racist” basis of this incident. The poor guy trying to look out for his neighbours ended up having his life destroyed by the lies and bad publicity.

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  33. quote:

    “Loughner had no discernible ideology, and his motive for trying to assassinate Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.) remains obscure”.

    You missed that call by a wide margin. From all I’ve seen, and I studied it out pretty carefully at the time, Giffords was NOT an intended victim. No, the judge that was killed seems to have been the target. From the record, seems he and the perp had crossed paths officially some time back, and the killer had a “score to settle”. Giffords just happened to be in the way, just as was the nine year old girl that also died. Of course Giffords and her husband Mark Whatzizname play her injury for more than its worth when it comes to trying to disarm those who could have shot back at the perp in Tucson.

    I blame the kinyun charlatan in the white house…. who has waged a carefully metred and contrived campaign based on an imaginary racism. Remember, his only activity ever approaching a “job” was as a “community organiser” in the south end of Chicago. He fomented backlash to falsely perceived racism then, and has escalated since he first ascended the bully pulpit. His constant raving about the near non-existant racism nationwide flies in the face of his own blatant racism and other preferences in his policies.

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