This first appeared in Eagle Rising.
New Orleans Housing Authority Officer James Bennett was buried last Friday. He was shot as he sat in his patrol car for no apparent reason other than he was a cop.
This did not happen in a vacuum. There was, indeed, a reason why Officer Bennett was assassinated as he was sitting in his squad car. It is a direct result result of the public demonization of our police at the hands of the liberal media, the Al Sharptons of the world, our Justice Department, and our own president.
Let's don't forget the recent murder of two New York cops as they sat in their patrol car a few months ago. I will say it here and now: The Marxist mayor of New York City, Bill De Blasio, has blood on his hands for his own public statements about the police that proceeded the killings.
And De Blasio is hardly the only big city mayor deserving of criticism. The current mayor of Baltimore, Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, has acted in a totally irresponsible manner as has her public prosecutor, Marilyn Mosby in the indictment of 6 cops in the death of Freddie Gray. If, God forbid, a Baltimore cop is shot and killed, these two will have blood on their hands as well.
And our media? Let's go back to the Ferguson incident in which Officer Darren Wilson killed Michael Brown. We all remember the "Hands up, don't shoot" mantra, don't we? How often was that repeated by the media and elected political leaders in Missouri and Washington, not to mention Al Sharpton? Except it wasn't true. It was based on the lies of a street criminal named Dorian Johnson, who was with Michael Brown when they strong armed that liquor store and engaged in a confrontation minutes later with Officer Wilson. Subsequent investigation, supported by forensic evidence, supported Officer Wilson's account of the incident. Johnson lied. And yet, "Hands up, don't shoot" still persists.
Our then-attorney general, Eric Holder and our president covered themselves in shame as they implied that Officer Wilson was guilty of murdering Michael Brown. Sharpton, who masquerades as a civil rights activist and journalist for MSNBC, also convicted Wilson-just as he convicted George Zimmerman in the Treyvon Martin incident in Florida.
And equally as astounding is the fact that the De Blasios, Sharptons, Rawlings-Blakes, Mosbys, Holders and Obamas and their stooges in the media are completely ignoring the record homicides of blacks in the big cities at the hands of other blacks.
Those black lives don't matter. They only matter if if they are killed by cops in the line of duty. The reason is because all those deaths demonstrate the dysfunction that exists in the inner cities-something that the Holders, the Sharptons and the Obamas cannot fix. Nor we they address. It is much easier to blame white cops.