Last night two police officers were shot in the line of duty in the Bronx. Their injuries are not life-threatening.
As Mayor Bill de Blasio and President Obama pay court to Al Sharpton, the enmity between the minority community and the police department grows.
Senior public officials have not only been stoking the conflict. They have been trying to impose their narrative on the reality of life in New York and other American cities. People who voted for Barack Obama and Bill de Blasio should hang their heads in shame.
Among those who have spoken out against this state of affairs is Bill O’Reilly. In his Talking Points Memo on last night’s The O’Reilly Factor, the commentator laid it out:
Now for those of you who do not live in New York City, there is a bigger picture here and that is that the progressive left believes the American justice system is unfair to black people.
There is no question that African Americans commit crimes way out of proportion to the general population. The question is, why?
According to analysis done by a Wall Street Journal columnist today, blacks make up 14% of the U.S. population but account for 47% of police killings.
Based upon FBI statistics, blacks are almost six times as likely as non-blacks to kill a police officer.
That's why cops are more defensive around blacks, especially young black men.
The police themselves feel threatened because the violent crime rate among young African American men is so intense.
Thus, policing in the inner city neighborhoods is far more difficult and confrontational than policing in white neighborhoods.
The fact that African Americans commit crimes way out of proportion to the general population is the tipping point in the police controversy.
When government officials blame the police for the crimes committed by minorities they are absolving criminals of blame. This, in itself is promoting the conflict that is threatening New York City.
As if his embrace of Al Sharpton were not enough, Mayor de Blasio recently found another way to show his hostility toward the police.
O’Reilly explains what happened:
Less than 24 hours after Officers Liu and Ramos were murdered by Ismaaiyl Brinsley, 18-year old Devon Coley posted a picture on Facebook showing a man shooting into an NYPD car.
Coley was arrested; he is now facing a felony for making a terroristic threat.
The Brooklyn DA asked for $250,000 dollars bail because Coley has a long arrest record and is an alleged gang member.
But Judge Laura Johnson ruled there should be no bail at all, nothing.
Despite the fact that Coley is facing charges including assault and criminal possession of a weapon in a previous case, before the terroristic threat.
The NYPD is furious, as it should be.
Judge Johnson had to be re-appointed to the bench by New Year's Eve.
Most of us felt she had no chance after that outrageous decision.
But Mayor de Blasio did re-appoint her, symbolically spitting in the face of his own police department.
And de Blasio wonders why these men and women are turning their backs on him, why they despise him?
You re-appoint a judge that grants a thug no bail after the man posts a violent threat against cops in the wake of two assassinations?
Some have suggested that Mayor de Blasio should resign his office. In their view, having lost the confidence of his police department he should admit to failure and open the door for a mayor who might bring the city together, not tear it apart.
One suspects that this is not going to happen.
In my view the man who should resign his office is Police Commissioner Bill Bratton. The more Bratton runs cover for the mayor the more he will lose the confidence of the men and women he is supped to be leading.
Were he to resign he would be sending a powerful message of solidarity with the police force.
Aided and abetted by The New York Times, de Blasio is desperately trying to steer the narrative away from his own dereliction—and that of the president and attorney general—toward the police.
Sympathizing with the protesters who riot and sow mayhem in the streets the mayor and his enablers take grievous offense when police officers offer a silent gesture of disrespect for a man who has put a target on their backs.
I disagree with O’Reilly on only one point: the left in question is radical, not progressive.