In the War on Cops, the Lawless Have Won

Such a policy flies in the face of established Supreme Court precedents, most recently upheld in two years ago (PDF), which hold that an officer may use deadly force to bring a dangerous car chase to a stop. As the Second City Cop blog notes, Chicago’s policy would prevent officers from firing on a driver seeking to emulate the Bastille Day mass murderer in Nice, France. A terrorist, writes SCC, “would have been able to make runs up and down Michigan Avenue, Columbus Drive, or Grant Park mowing down [Lollapalooza music festival] attendees and as long as his doors are locked, he doesn't run out of gas and the wheels don't get jammed up with the dead and dying, the Chicago Police are not allowed to stop him.”

Just as galling to Chicago’s cops as the treatment of these three officers is the apparent kowtowing by the city’s politicians and department brass to local rabble-rousers. The ABC affiliate in Chicago reported that Lamon Reccord, the 16-year-old “activist” perhaps best known for staring at police officers during Black Lives Matter protests, was escorted into police headquarters to “meet with police executives” regarding the O’Neal shooting. The benefit of such a meeting remains, at least to me, a mystery. “This is the 13th brother I've lost to gun violence,” Reccord told a reporter, “by the police or black on black crime. I’m tired, I'm fed up.” One must wonder what the actual ratio is among those 13 deaths between police killings and the far more routine gangster gunfire.

Two days before the shooting that claimed Officer DeGuzman’s life in San Diego, a Los Angeles Police Department officer was shot in the Watts section of South L.A., though happily for him the wound was not life-threatening. He and other officers returned fire and killed the suspect, 18-year-old Richard Risher Jr.

Risher’s father told a reporter for the local CBS affiliate that his son was “a good human being.” He went on to say the incident “could have been resolved in a better manner.” And indeed it could have. Risher could have surrendered when confronted by the police while carrying a gun. Or better still, he could have been at home at 11 p.m. instead of out running the streets of Watts with his gangster friends. As it happened, far better that Risher was the one to die rather than the officer. Risher’s mother also spoke to a reporter, and listening to her (abundant coarse language) might give some indication as to why Risher lived and died the way he did. (Note that in the video, she wears a black baseball hat bearing an approximation of the Dodgers’ “LA” logo, but with an AK47 forming the horizontal portions of the letters.)

It is now August, with several more weeks of hot summer weather yet to come. Homicide rates are up in many cities across the country, but there is little incentive among police officers to do anything about it. The Second City Cop spoke for police officers everywhere when he wrote, “It’s over boys and girls. Until there is a wholesale shakeup in the political order, the loud and lawless have won. Let them sort it out.”