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We Are The Police

Two New York City uniformed police officers, sitting in their patrol car protecting the citizens of New York, were shot and killed in an execution carried out apparently in retaliation for the deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner. Officers Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu were shot point-blank in the head by a lone gunman who later turned his gun on himself. Neither officer was involved in the deaths of Brown or Garner. Both officers were actively engaged in protecting citizens of all races from criminals of all races.

Protesting and blocking traffic can be overlooked, burning and looting are inexcusable, but executing innocent people who are doing nothing but their best to keep our streets safe is crossing a line that should not have been crossed. Those in positions of leadership who have supported lawlessness and condoned the escalation of racial tensions are complicit in the deaths of these two public servants.

Some will try to pass this off as the work of a lone nutcase with a gun but their words will ring more than just a bit hollow. For instance, MSNBC host and race pimp Al Sharpton, who inspired protests at which people were chanting “What do we want? Dead cops!” issued a statement saying: “I have spoken to the Garner family and we are outraged by the early reports of the police killed in Brooklyn today, Any use of the names of Eric Garner and Michael Brown, in connection with any violence or killing of police, is reprehensible and against the pursuit of justice in both cases.” Sorry Al, too little too late.

We have now reached a point where political correctness and “sensitivity” have to be dispensed with. These were real human beings with real families serving their community who did not deserve what happened to them. There are thugs in this world who will use any excuse they can find to be thugs, and there are people in this world obey the law and do their best to make a positive impact on the world. It shouldn’t be hard to decide where you want to stand.

As of now, I am “the Police”. I stand with the NYC Police Department and every other law enforcement officer in this country. I appreciate the sacrifices they make, the hard work they do, and the risks they take to help keep my community safe so that my family and I can enjoy life. Their lives matter too. I have had enough of the “hands up, don’t shoot” gestures and the “I can’t breathe” t-shirts. Whatever political statement you were trying to make has been drowned out by the sound of Ismaaiyl Abdullah Brinsley’s gun.

If you are one of the people on the other side of that line, is this really what you want? You should go into this knowing you are outnumbered, and by that I am not talking about black vs. white; I am talking about thugs vs. decent, law-abiding people who know right from wrong.

This situation could have been avoided; it SHOULD have been avoided. What passes for leadership in this country has abdicated its responsibility and chosen instead to use the situation for political games, and now they have blood on their hands. Barack Obama, Eric Holder, Mayor De Blasio, Al Sharpton, you had your chance to be grownups and prevent things like this from happening and you missed it. I hope you will try to rein this in, but chances are you couldn’t if you tried.


About James P Willis

James P Willis lives with his family in Blacksburg, Virginia. He is a Cold War submarine veteran, political activist, and retired industrial mechanic. James is currently an Editor / Contributor for NewsNinja2012, a freelance writer, and his blog can be found at

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