The Ferguson lie and the murders in Dallas
WASHINGTON, July 8, 2016 — The violent ambush of police officers in Dallas on Thursday rose from the violent anti-police rhetoric born in Ferguson, Missouri, nearly two years ago. The “hands up, don’t shoot” lie that was supposedly spoken by Michael Brown before he was shot by a Ferguson police officer set off a powder keg of violence throughout the nation.
As a result, the Dallas thin blue line fell victim to a senseless massacre at the hands of one or more snipers during a peaceful protest. The assault was perpetrated by Micah Xavier Johnson, 25, one of the suspected gunmen, according to ABC News. The acts resulted in the deaths of five police officers with nine more wounded.
After the most deadly event affecting American police officers since the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attack, Dallas police officers, their families and the nation grieve once more. The city’s thin blue line is tragically thinner.
The first murdered law enforcement officer to be identified is Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) agency’s Brent Thompson, 43. According to Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings, of the 14 victims of the shootings 10 were shot by two snipers in “elevated positions.” In addition to Rawlings, Dallas Police Officers Michael Krol, 40, and Patrick Zamarripa, 32, were identified as two of the five police officers who were shot to death, according to Fox News.
The Ferguson lie was weaponized, and innocent officers of the law have died. Johnson, the shooter, was a creation not of alleged police misconduct or intentional murder. His actions appeared to follow a darker, more heinous blueprint. He designed a killing field that was well planned and had all the markings of domestic terrorism in search of an easy target. His supposed anger could have found a home in peaceful protest, but he chose instead the coward’s path of assassination.
Ferguson was the genesis for organized police hatred, which has become formalized in the “hands up, don’t shoot” rallying cry. It has swept the nation like a tidal wave of hate, which the organization Black Lives Matters has embraced. The onerous lie became a convenient truth that now places all police officers’ lives at risk.
Race baiters have used the lie of convenience without being concerned over how it is being used as a terrorist weapon to take the life of police officers. Yet, President Obama and every liberal apologist for the rioters of Ferguson and Baltimore will not utter a civil word of truth that Blue Lives Matter. The truth is that the Ferguson lie has taken fathers, grandfathers, brothers, sons and, yes, America’s heroes’ lives.
The “Ferguson effect” is the vicious lie that keeps murdering and spreading needless mayhem in its wake.
One can only imagine the pain and anguish of the tens of thousands of families across America whose sons and daughters, husbands and wives feel fear and trepidation at seeing their loved ones walk out the door to protect and serve. If they are murdered by the cowardly actions of racist terrorists for no other reason except for being white and a police officer, will the race baiting Black Lives Matter say that their lost lives matter too?
Dallas Police Chief David Brown spoke with anguish in his voice as he told the city and the nation, “Our profession is hurting. Dallas officers are hurting. We are heartbroken.” He added. “Please pray for our strength during this trying time.”
The nation will pray as it did 53 years earlier with the tragic assassination of President John F. Kennedy. A half century plus later, heroes who man the thin blue line were assassinated in an ambush, and the nation mourns and prays for the survivor families and for those who continue to man that thin and noble blue line to protect and serve.