By Jim Kouri
On Thursday morning, police from across the nation voiced their outrage over the shooting of two police who were brought in from nearby law enforcement agencies to provide protection during yet another anti-police protest that was all but sanctioned by Attorney General Eric Holder and his boss President Barack Obama. One officer told the Examiner that both Holder and Obama have the blood of two more police officers on their hands. The officers are both listed as being in serious condition.
The two police officers were shot in Ferguson while dealing with protesters in the early morning. The shooting occurred after the city’s police chief, Tom Jackson, resigned. He had been under fire for running a “racist” police department by Holder and his minions at the Justice Department. “The Obama-Holder clique is responsible for hounding police officers calling them racists based on arrest statistics,” said former police detective John Kubitz.
To which St. Louis County Police Chief Jon Belmar added, “These police officers were standing there, and they were shot just because they were police officers.” The head of the St. Louis Fraternal Order of Police, Jeff Roorda, pointed directly at Holder’s critical report as a contributor of cops being wounded or killed. “[Eric] Holder replaced one lie with another after it was proven the shooting of Michael Brown, a black 19-year-old, by Police Officer Darren Wilson, had nothing to do with race.”
Ironically, while Holder smeared the Ferguson cops with the broadest of brush strokes, neither of the officers shot was from the Ferguson Police Department. One cop, a 14-year veteran of the St. Louis County Police Department, was shot in the shoulder while the second officer spent 7-years with the Webster Groves Police Department, was hit in the face in what police are calling a sniper attack, Chief Belmar said in a press statement.
While a multi-department dragnet is being conducted to locate and apprehend the sniper, no description of the shooter was released. Several witnesses told reporters that the shooter appeared to have been positioned atop a nearby hill.
On Wednesday, March 4, Holder released his report on the Ferguson Police Department which angered numerous police officers and commanders across the nation. Holder said in his introduction to the report: ‘The promise I made when I went to Ferguson and at the time that we launched our investigation was not that we would arrive at a particular outcome, but rather that we would pursue the facts, wherever they led. Our investigation has been both fair and rigorous from the start.
“It has proceeded independently of the local investigation that concluded in November. And it has been thorough: as part of a wide-ranging examination of the evidence, federal investigators interviewed and re-interviewed eyewitnesses and other individuals claiming to have relevant information and independently canvassed more than 300 residences to locate and interview additional witnesses.”
Milwaukee County, Wisconsin, Sheriff David Clarke also reiterated his claim that “[President Barack] Obama has not been a friend of the American police officer” and that police had been thrown under the bus. He also said that had he been invited along with the other law enforcement commanding officers he “would have asked him some very pointed questions about how [Obama] handled the controversy.”
Clarke noted, “The American police officer, as an institution and profession, is one of the few things left that’s right about America. So, I’m going to continue to resist this notion, this false notion, Neil, that police officers, even white police officers, use an inordinate amount of force on young black males. The data’s not there, the research doesn’t suggest it. It’s a false narrative and it needs to be slapped down.”
Jim Kouri, CPP, the fifth Vice President and Public Information Officer of the National Association of Chiefs of Police, has served on the National Drug Task Force and trained police and security officers throughout the country.