Police officers across the country are beginning to speak out against their near-universal condemnation in the press after the death of George Floyd in police custody.
There may not be a better example of the frustration permeating in law enforcement than the impassioned press conference on Tuesday that was led by Mike O’Meara, the president of the New York Police Benevolent Association. Standing in front of dozens of fellow police officers, O’Meara laid into the media and politicians who have insinuated and most cops are racist and target black residents.
He pointed to a statistic that showed police interact with the public 375 million times every year and those interactions are “overwhelmingly positive.”
“But what we read in the papers all week is that in the black community, mothers are worried about their children getting home from school without being killed by a cop. What world are we living in? that doesn’t happen,” he said.
He continued, “Our legislators are failing us. Our press is vilifying us. Stop treating us like animals and thugs and start treating us with some respect.”
Establishment Democrats—apparently aware that the push to defund cops and disband entire police departments is a loser in 2020—have resisted the calls from the party’s left to strip police of funding in the wake of George Floyd’s death in police custody. Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., perhaps was the most extreme in her criticism and called Minneapolis police a cancer that needs to be removed.
“If you’re in law enforcement, you see across the country, all of these cowardly journalists—one after another—just fall in line with the dominant narrative,”Buck Sexton, the host of “The Buck Sexton Show,” said Wednesday. He said that the narrative is that most cops are racist. He said the theory is that there are so many, the entire system needs to be overhauled.
“That’s calling out our cops who are doing a tough job and doing it very well day in and day out,” he said.
He cited the Washington Post that reported that nine unarmed African-American men were killed by police with over 10 million arrests in the U.S. last year. One death is too many, to be sure, but Democrats and the media are seizing the moment to sow divisions.
“What do we think is the ultimate end goal here?” asked Sexton. “My friends, ultimately it is a mobilization for left-wing power.”