In the weekend wake of the Dallas shooting that left 5 police officers dead at a Black Lives Matter march, protests once again fired up in cities, most notably in Baton Rouge and St. Paul, where several hundred arrests were made due to blocking highways and once again assaulting police officers. These assaults included, according to reports, one officer having a cement block dropped on his head, shattering vertebrae.
Black Lives Matter leader Deray McKesson was also arrested for participating in a highway march in Baton Rouge while once again claiming his arrest and others with him was instigated by police on the scene.
What’s happening is a desperate attempt by BLM and in some circles, our national media, not to only obfuscate and distance themselves from Micah Jonson– the self declared black power and BLM enthusiast responsible for the carnage in Dallas — but also to shift the narrative off a nation mourning for Dallas, and back onto their own cause. Shortly before finding himself on the deadly end of a c-4 explosive delivered by a deputized Johnny 5, Johnson claimed no affiliation with Black Lives Matter but, according to police, stated he was upset over it and wanted white people and specifically white officers dead.
BLM is currently in damage control not only over Johnson, but also over a wave of violence towards police just this past weekend. It’s proclaiming Johnson was just one lone crazy person, who, while certainly inspired by their efforts, was still unaffiliated with the movement itself.
But what happened in Dallas is not an isolated case. The death of Eric Garner while in a police chokehold led to protests and riots in cities, some by members of media and WH policy advisor Al Sharpton. Ismaaiyl Abdullah Brinsley shot and killed two police officers in Brooklyn before then shooting himself after a brief stand off. Officers Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos were shot by Brinsley, execution style, while in their patrol car.
Prior to the shootings, Brinsley posted pictures of his gear and firearm on Instagram. One close up photo of the trigger of his gun read “I’m putting wings on pigs Today. They Take 1 of Ours……Let’s Take 2 of Theirs. I’m Putting Pigs In a Blanket (A direct reference to a chant by Black Lives Matter activists while marching through St. Paul). The photo was hashtagged #ShootThePolice, #RIPEricGardner #RIPMikeBrown.
During Mayor Bill de Blasio’s speech during the official service for Officer Wenjian Liu, several members of the NYPD turned their backs in defiance toward a mayor whose relationship with Sharpton and employing his former advisors was seen as an act of support for the protesters.
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Two months prior, 32-year-old Zale Thompson attacked two New York City police officers with a metal hatchet in Queens. FBI director James Comey declared the attack an act of terrorism, stating Thompson gained “inspiration from foreign terrorist sources like ISIL (ISIS), but there is also evidence he was focused on black separatist ideology.” Thomson, like Dallas shooter Micah Johnson followed several black power groups on Facebook. The Queens chapter leader of the New Black Panther Party, Frank Sha hailed the attack, calling Thompson a “Crusader.”
In February of 2013, former disgruntled LAPD police officer Christopher Dorner went on an armed shooting spree, targeting officers specifically, killing 4 and inuring 3 civilians by police in separate cases of mistaken identity. The manhunt stretched all the way into the San Bernardino mountains and ended with Dorner’s death after a long standoff with police. Dorner left behind a lengthy manifesto, blaming police corruption for his termination. He cited the infamous Rodney King beating of 1992, blaming systemic racism and corruption within the department for his dismissal from the force.
“I am here to change and make policy. The culture of LAPD versus the community and honest/good officers needs to and will change. I am here to correct and calibrate your moral compasses to true north.” he proclaimed in his manifesto.
Dorner praised Barack Obama and excoriated the president’s critics: “You call him Kenyan, mongroid, halfrican, muslim, and FBHO when in essence you are to address him as simply, President.” He also endorsed Hillary Clinton, writing, “Hillary Clinton. You’ll make one hell of a president in 2016. Much like your husband, Bill, you will be one of the greatest.” and disparaged NRA Spokesman Wayne LaPierre. A Facebook page honoring Dorner has garnered more than 17,000 likes.
In August of last year, while Roanoke Virginia news reporter Alison Parker was conducting an early morning live interview, an assailant approached and shot her, fatally, along with her cameraman, Adam Ward. The gunman was identified as 41 year old Vester Lee Flanagan, a former reporter at the same station as Parker. Flanagan broadcasted the shooting live and uploaded the footage to Twitter and Facebook before taking his own life after a lengthy manhunt.
In a report by the Daily Beast citing court papers, it was revealed Flanagan had a violent, unstable history as well as a long history of playing a race card with employers. Flanagan was even reprimanded for wearing an Obama support badge while reporting on elections. In a suicide note faxed to ABC News, Flanagan claimed his actions were a direct result of the shooting in Charleston by a white supremacist, two months earlier, and that he was part of a larger race war being carried out. ABC never released the full manifesto to the public.
None of this is to suggest Black Lives Matters was directly involved with these acts, but it’s an alarming trend for a movement which also finds itself at the center of riots in Ferguson, Baltimore and cities across the country and has made clear it has no intention of winding down in the aftermath of the shooting in Dallas.