Saturday, August 24th, 2019

Time to stop the protests


Waukesha Freeman 12/24/14 Page A8 Opinion

Time to stop the protests

Left’s rhetoric claims two victims

It’s cliché now to remember Shakespeare’s words that this is our winter of discontent. But if it is, then will glorious summer, in King Richard III’s words, be long in coming?

Of course they recently dug up the king’s body in a parking lot. Perhaps the last English monarch to die in battle will find the peace denied him by the ghosts in Shakespeare’s play.

We could use some of that peace ourselves as the year draws to close. People are marching in the streets in lynch-mob fashion demanding police officers be denied the right to due process.

In Ferguson, Michael Brown was shot by police officer Darren Wilson during a fight. During the fight Brown proved how dangerous he was by reaching into the squad car and attempting to take Wilson’s gun. Later Brown charged at Wilson, confirmed by the autopsy, and Wilson defended himself with his pistol.

The New York situation is a little more ambiguous because one of the officers allegedly used a choke hold on Eric Garner when he resisted arrest. Other officers helped wrestle Garner to the ground. He had a heart attack and died while someone else recorded the incident on video.

And in Milwaukee, Officer Christopher Manney attempted to frisk Dontre Hamilton for weapons. Hamilton grabbed Manney’s baton and assaulted the police officer. The officer opened fire to defend himself, shooting Hamilton fourteen times.

Manney was fired by the Milwaukee Police Department for attempting to frisk Hamilton in violation of department policy.

In Ferguson there were riots, and those were followed by protests against the police across the country. It didn’t help that Attorney General Eric Holder repeatedly involved himself in the incident by vilifying the Ferguson police department. Even after the facts in the case became known, Holder undermined the grand jury’s findings by promising a federal investigation.

It wasn’t surprising then that in New York the mobs of protesters also received encouragement from the White House and the mayor’s office. As the odious Rev. Al Sharpton led marches in the city the protest chants called for the deaths of police officers.

Again, not that surprising. The left has been marching and chanting “off the pigs” since the Weather Underground and President Barack Obama’s friend Bill Ayers was organizing in the 1960s. The Weather Underground preached bringing the Vietnam War home by trying to kill cops and planting bombs. Ayers’ only regret: “If anything, we didn’t go far enough.”

But this time someone saw the violence of the demonstrations and listened to the rhetoric of the left. Two New York police officers are dead.

Why is the left surprised? After all, one of the left’s favorite phrases is the chickens coming home to roost.

Just thirteen years ago the New York police force was admired around the world for their courage during the September 11 attacks. Now they’re hunted and they don’t believe they have the support of their own mayor.

In Milwaukee, a day before two New York police officers were killed, before any announcement was made, the protesters decided to endanger public safety by shutting down Interstate 43.

Now two investigations have resulted in no charges against Manney. It will come as no surprise that he will be the target of a federal investigation, joining the cases in Ferguson and New York, because an angry mob demanded it.

When the mob marched to the federal courthouse, Dontre Hamilton’s brother Nate told the press conference, “We need to stop the violence in our communities, so we can get rid of the pigs that kill us.”

Hamilton is right that the violence must stop. The riots, the disruptions of our freeways and our malls, the demonstrations that slander every police officer, must stop. Calling them “pigs” must stop.

Two families are already going to be deprived of their loved ones this Christmas solely because they happened to be police officers. If there are any remaining responsible leaders on the left, they need to call an end to hateful rhetoric being directed at our police.

Listening to the mobs claiming to demand “justice,” they’re not really demanding justice. They’re demanding police officers to be deprived the same right to self-defense we all have. Listening to the marchers, it’s clear they would have been happier if the police officers had been killed instead.

(James Wigderson is a blogger publishing at and a Waukesha resident. His column runs Thursdays in The Freeman.)

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