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All Politics is Local

Black Lives Matter may be a player on the national political scene, but its real goal is to force people in key city and county positions to help them end law enforcement operations as we know them.

April 07, 2016  |  by - Also by this author

Photo: Kelly Bracken
Photo: Kelly Bracken

We are now seeing attitudes toward law enforcement that we haven't seen since the early 1970s when the Black Panthers, the Symbionese Liberation Army, and the Black Liberation Army declared a very real shooting war on police. But today, the ideological grandchildren of those 1970s domestic terrorists have achieved political legitimacy way beyond what their forebears could have achieved through the barrels of their guns. And that is making them even more dangerous to you and to law-abiding Americans.

The parallels between the contemporary Black Lives Matter movement and the '70's cop-hating movements are not hidden. It's not uncommon to see female participants at anti-police Black Lives Matter protests in shirts that read "Assata Taught Me."

The Assata in question is Assata Shakur, a member/leader of the Black Liberation Army who was convicted along with Sundiata Acoli of the 1973 killing of New Jersey Trooper Werner Foerster. But despite its worship of a copkiller, the BLM movement is not about killing you; it's about inhibiting your willingness to take action on the job.

Black Lives Matter is portrayed in the media as kind of an organic civil rights movement, bringing together people of all backgrounds to say "black lives matter as much as any" when its true message is the only lives that matter are those of black men lost in confrontations with police, regardless of the circumstances. It uses those incidents to call for the prosecution of officers and to make other officers fearful of undertaking active policing operations.

This is why, despite the organization's courting of Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders and recent protests of Republican presidential candidates, its real political focus is on local prosecutors.

In March, Illinois held a presidential primary. And Black Lives Matter and other groups forced the cancelation of a rally for Donald Trump. That's the story out of Illinois that made the national news. The bigger story was that Black Lives Matter took a political scalp.
Anita Alvarez was the two-term incumbent Cook County state's attorney. As a sitting Democrat she had an easy path to a third term. But Alvarez didn't indict Chicago Officer Jason van Dyke for the 2014 shooting of Laquan McDonald as quickly as Black Lives Matter would have liked. So she became a target for the group's anger and is now unseated in favor of Kim Foxx.

Foxx's campaign was at least partially funded by anti-American billionaire George Soros and she was supported by BLM and the Daughters of Assata. She will run in November against a Republican candidate who doesn't have a chance. So she is already the next Cook County state's attorney. Which is very bad news for Chicago's finest. Foxx has said she will hold more "bad cops" accountable. Her definition of "bad cop" probably doesn't match yours or mine.

The political clout of BLM is also being felt in Minneapolis. There, two officers faced the potential of being indicted in the killing of Jamar Clark. Clark was shot and killed by officers during a gun-grab incident. The Clark incident last November led to an 18-day siege of a police station by Black Lives Matter. And in its wake Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman dispensed with using grand juries in officer-involved shootings, which had some officers worried.

Despite the pressure from BLM and others, Freeman stepped up and made a decision not to charge the officers in the Clark case. He told a press conference on March 30 that the evidence and the totality of circumstances justified the use of deadly force against Clark as objectively reasonable.

Prosecutors nationwide are facing pressures and being hounded to bring charges in cases where officers were clearly justified in shooting armed and unarmed suspects. Good prosecutors like Freeman won't succumb to that pressure and will become targets for anti-police groups in future elections. And you have to see that as an attack on you.

What the contemporary anti-police movement has realized is that law enforcement in America is local. Yes, your conduct is regulated by the federal judiciary, but if anyone is going to charge an officer with a crime, it's the local prosecutor. These elected officials are the prime objective in the war on police, and you need to support the good ones, even if you don't always agree with them, because they are in the crosshairs of your enemies.

Comments (9)

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Marcus @ 4/7/2016 5:34 PM

The major cases that have gained media attention (other then mike brown) have not been reasonable uses of force.
Shooting people who are no threat to you is cowardly.

People are protesting because there is no justice. It looks like the recent Daniel Shaver case is going to be more of the same. The killer cop is going to get off with no jail time and just probation.. for killing someone for fun.

Maybe cops should stop playing victims and stop being cowards.

You can have 7 cops against 1 gun with a pocket knife (in his pocket) and they will fire 50 rounds of ammo into the guy like he was any real threat.

I mean how pathetic and weak are you guys that you can't just overpower them and put them in cuffs? I could probably do it myself alone with 80% of the population who have no training in restraining.

Unless of course, your doing it for fun.

Marcus @ 4/7/2016 5:39 PM

Re: it's about inhibiting your willingness to take action on the job

You mean your willingness to shot up and kill people that are no threat to you?
Why yes.. they wish to stop that madness.

Rob @ 4/7/2016 5:41 PM

Screw you Marcus.

Rob @ 4/7/2016 5:41 PM

scr3w you Marcus

Marcus @ 4/7/2016 6:40 PM

Truth hurts rob.

Joe Smith @ 4/7/2016 10:48 PM

There have been a some questionable shootings and the involved officers are being either fired or prosecuted based on the circumstances of each individual case, however BLM continually cries wolf by questioning and protesting every shooting that involves a white cop shooting a black man in the process of committing a crime, which of course severely diminishes the credibility of the protest. BLM participants have no training and as such do not understand the use of force training officers receive through their department and are required to follow. Therefore, BLM is not in a position to judge whether or not the shootings were justified and within policy. Why then does the media artificially validate their allegations without evidence by continually filing false reports based on anecdotal and biased information?

Mickey @ 4/8/2016 12:19 AM

MARCUS, no officer is required to risk their life or own bodily harm over another’s. What happened in Chicago was a shame. That officer should have been arrested for murder, the other 6 for falsifying government documents and official misconduct at minimum, immediately after the video was reviewed. But that doesn’t mean that a knife is not a threat against 7 officers in other circumstances.

Cut the artery under the bicep, an easy thing to do in a knife fight, and that person has less than a minute before they bleed out. The femoral artery in the thy? Less than 30 seconds. God forbid seven officers try to go hands on with a knife wielding subject and one of them gets their throat cut. Hit both arteries on wither side of the jugular and its 10 seconds till lights out.

Mickey @ 4/8/2016 12:20 AM

As for an unarmed subject, someone putting their hand on an officer’s gun while fighting them is ample justification to be shot. No officer in his right mind is going to wait until his partner is disarmed to shoot the suspect.

You got a lot of big talk from a guy who sounds like he’s never been in a fight in his life. Simple rule: don’t fight with police and you probably wont die. That being said, getting Monday morning quarterbacked is part of the job, because like any other group of people police also have their shit bags. Unfortunately too many officer’s decisions are brushed under the rug of qualified immunity, instead of being actually investigated. That kind of crap gives all officers a bad name, and hence pro-criminal groups gaining traction.

Ordinary Joe @ 4/8/2016 11:53 AM

@ Mickey, Spot on.

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