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Call Them "Terrorists"

Organizations that promote attacks on officers and war on police should be investigated by federal law enforcement as hate groups.

September 24, 2015  |  by Randy Sutton

"Domestic terrorism" means activities with the following three characteristics:

  • They are dangerous to human life and violate federal or state law
  • They appear intended to intimidate or coerce a civilian population, to influence the policy of a government by intimidation or coercion, and/or to affect the conduct of a government by mass destruction, assassination, or kidnapping
  • They occur primarily within the territorial jurisdiction of the United States

This year the blood of police officers and sheriff’s deputies is running in the streets. And the reason is a movement dedicated to portraying law enforcement officers as enemies of the people, particularly black people.

Recently, the Houston Police Union sent a letter to the FBI, asking for an investigation into the spate of Internet videos that call for violence against police officers. The letter was sent just days after Harris County (Texas) Sheriff’s Deputy Darren Goforth was assassinated by a black male suspect while he was filling his patrol car with gas and shortly after calls for killing police were aired on the radio and in videos.

While I support the Houston Police Union, I don’t believe its letter goes far enough. The War on Cops in America is claiming the lives of law enforcement officers as unprovoked vicious attacks against the police are instigated and celebrated by movements like Black Lives Matter, the Nation of Islam, and others.

Each of the murders and assaults on law enforcement officers during the last few months is being investigated and is being—or hopefully will be—prosecuted at the local level and as individual crimes, as they should be. But it’s time for the federal government to call the movements that spur these attacks and murders exactly what they truly are, domestic terrorists. It is time for the Department of Justice to devote its vast resources to protecting the men and women of law enforcement while vigorously pursuing and prosecuting the organized hate groups advocating the killing of those same officers. Our government owes this to those that serve and protect and who are quite literally laying their lives on the line for their communities.

Do I expect this will happen under the current presidential administration? No, I don’t. Do I really think that the same Department of Justice that has virtually ignored the violent deaths of law enforcement officers while actively investigating and censuring police agencies all over the country for perceived racism and politically incorrect policies will suddenly develop a conscience and do the job the taxpayers pay them for by fighting crime and injustice? No I don’t. But if we as Americans raise our collective voice loud enough, if we unite as one people who demand that our government acts responsibly, we can effect change. And change is desperately needed if we are to stem the flow of blood being spilled by American law enforcement officers.

Hate groups that perpetuate contempt and violence toward certain individuals have existed in this country since before the Civil War. And from the Reconstruction days to the 1960s, terrorist organizations like the Ku Klux Klan used threats, violence, intimidation, and murder to further their goals of promoting white supremacy without serious interference from the federal government. These organizations are now shells of their former selves. And their decimation happened only because the federal government and the Department of Justice stood with its people and devoted the time and resources to ending the reign of these groups.

We now face a new destructive force of hatred, people dedicated to the intimidation and murder of law enforcement officers. The members of the groups that preach this hate masquerade as a “movement,” and they pretend to be concerned with social justice. But in reality, they have more in common with the killers and cowards who hid beneath the hoods of the KKK to lynch men, burn and bomb churches, and terrorize women and children than with the people who resisted that violence.

Just as we have in the past, when this nation faced dangers from abroad and from within, we must come together as one people without regard to race or religion or political belief and resist this hatred. Because if we do not, more blood will spill, more families will be left without fathers and mothers, and more uniform clad bodies will be buried as “Taps” plays and honor guards fire 21-gun salutes.


Comments (4)

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Cyndi Commella @ 9/24/2015 1:06 PM

As Police Officers we need to stay vigilant what is written and being reported. Do not get laxed in your jobs. Obama has started this along with Eric Holder. We need to walk into Washington DC as a united front. The Nation needs to see what is happening. The media tells just what Obama wants them to say.

Philip Reilley @ 9/24/2015 1:08 PM

Excellent point. Their actions and motivation are embedded with hate and a desire to further a hostile movement toward the criminal justice system. The federal government is paying a tremendous disservice to the men and women in blue by ignoring this.

Detective Truth @ 9/25/2015 7:21 AM

"The members of the groups that preach this hate masquerade as a “movement,” and they pretend to be concerned with social justice. But in reality, they have more in common with the killers and cowards who hid beneath the hoods of the KKK to lynch men, burn and bomb churches, and terrorize women and children than with the people who resisted that violence."
Your bold statements and comparisons were not proven in this article. Sounds more like another emotionally charged political based rant. Do us law enforcement officers a favor and save your comments for the water cooler.

49LawDog @ 10/11/2015 9:09 PM

You must talk about this in a wider forum...we cannot help you if we don't know what is wrong and what is lacking...we got technology to 'catch a mouse'!
I grew up in the community policing a northern region with high number of veterans and industrial wages and contracts underway in the 70's..
We rarely saw anyone trying to be creative with a vet? Unless they were blotto!
Too bad you can't get the new crew to tag along with fatigues and a t-shirt..
If they ask what's up with that scenario the vet can say 'babysitting' continues!
Or I got bored and need some live entertainment...that might send a message?
May be...or not...shrug...I saw them ride shotgun with cops for drug dealer problems that arose in the 'neighborhood' and it was intimidating to them to see a vet with fatigues and a t shirt on get out of the cop car...classic really! Why you look like someone just walked all over your grave...they surrendered!

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