A Birmingham, Alabama, police detective who was pistol-whipped unconscious said Friday that he hesitated to use force because he didn’t want to be accused of needlessly killing an unarmed man.
“A lot of officers are being too cautious because of what’s going on in the media,” said the officer, who asked to remain anonymous for the safety of his family. “I hesitated because I didn’t want to be in the media like I am right now.”
Details of last week’s incident in the Birmingham enclave of Roebuck remain sketchy — such as how did the suspect get the officer’s weapon — but the six-year police veteran said he didn’t shoot the man who attacked him during a traffic stop because of the outcry surrounding a spate of police shootings nationally.
“We don’t want to be in the media,” he said. “It’s hard times right now for us.”
As with so many ills in America today, this is squarely on the president. He lionizes criminals and criticizes cops, usually with no more information than a few Internet headlines. The media dances to this president’s whims, and they are emboldened by his tragic knee-capping of law enforcement.
A year after the Ferguson riots, Michael Brown is practically revered as a saint by activists and their media friends. It’s making things even more dangerous.
Heath Boackle, a sergeant with the Birmingham Police Department and president of the city’s Fraternal Order of Police, said Thursday that cops are “walking on eggshells because of how they’re scrutinized in the media.”
“We should be thanking the good Lord because he could be dead right now.,” Boackle said of the detective who was beaten.
The further we go through this Obama looking glass, the more I am willing to embrace conspiracy theories I once would have immediately dismissed. It is difficult now to NOT believe that he is deliberately engaged in a full-frontal assault on the rule of law.
It would be wise to remember that he is still a relative amateur at that when compared to the current Democrat front-runner.