COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo., March 15, 2015 —Two police officers were shot in troubled Ferguson, Mo., last Wednesday night. The gunfire seems to have come from some distance away from protesters gathered outside Ferguson police department headquarters. The shooting left a 41-year-old St. Louis County Police officer with a shoulder wound and a 32-year-old officer from nearby Webster Groves Police Department with a bullet lodged near his ear, St. Louis County Police Chief Jon Belmar said.
The left justifies it—or at least calls it “understandable”—as a reaction to the shooting of Michael Brown in August. This is their view despite the fact that police Officer Darren Wilson was acquitted by both a grand jury and the U.S Justice Department of any wrongdoing.
With the police officer exonerated, the story shifted to the police department. The narrative of “Hands up, don’t shoot” was proven false but the narrative of racism must go on. Years’ worth of emails were searched; a few unsavory and inappropriate emails were found.
Never mind that not all were from the police department itself or that individuals had already been disciplined—racism is alive and well in Ferguson.
News flash: evil exists in the world! More at 11.
A few isolated and carefully crafted facts, relentlessly pushed by a collusive media, aren’t the whole story.
The media were all over Ferguson Thursday interviewing people who were there on Wednesday evening. Here’s an exchange between Fox’s Sean Hannity and Ivory Ned:
Ned begins by explaining the connection between the Brown shooting and the shooting of the police. “I’m not saying it’s right…” he says as Hannity cuts in with “No, you should be saying that it’s wrong!”
That’s the point. An act of violence like attempted murder is not somehow ethically neutral; it is either right or wrong. The shooting of police officers is not justified because somebody sent racist emails years ago. If it were, then the black man who traveled from Baltimore to New York to shoot two police officers sitting in a squad car would also be justified.
Even Eric Holder agreed. “What happened last night was a pure ambush,” he said at a press conference. “This was not someone who was trying to bring healing to Ferguson, this was a damn punk.”
Yet the condemnation rings hollow. After the Brown shooting, Holder announced he was sending investigators to Ferguson. They left no stone unturned. In releasing the final report, Holder did not emphasize the innocence of Wilson so much as he decried the supposed pattern of racism. This time? The department’s investigative resources were offered. We’ll see whether the department eventually shows up.
The question is: how was this “punk” encouraged? False narratives. Exaggerated claims. And yes, real grievance. The truth is always complex.
The American way, however, has not been to take to the streets at every turn. It has been to follow the rule of law. Ordered liberty means following the legal process, digging out the truth and acting on it. Mob rule is taking to the streets with actual or threatened violence based on little or no evidence.
Democracy is mob rule. We are not a democracy; we are a republic. If we are to keep that republic, we must restrain ourselves from jumping to conclusions and pointing fingers. We must above all respect and protect the lives of those who dedicate their lives to protect us.
Just this afternoon, a CNN reports that 20-year-old man from the St. Louis area has been arrested in connection with the shooting of two police officers.
The prosecutor repeatedly thanked the public for the information that led to the arrest. This is the way it should be.