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THE WAR ON COPS: Police Shot in Tennessee, Georgia and Missouri

Posted on | July 8, 2016 | 54 Comments

Thursday’s attack that killed five police officers in Dallas — inspired by the hate group “Black Lives Matter” — was part of an ongoing wave of violent racial terrorism targeting American law enforcement. In Tennessee, a police officer was wounded Thursday in a gun battle with a man who went on a shooting spree that apparently targeted white people, in which one woman was killed and two other people were injured:

According to the [Tennessee Bureau of Investigation], the shooter was Lakeem Keon Scott, 37, and was armed with at least two weapons including an automatic-style rifle and a pistol and a large amount of ammunition at approximately 2:20 a.m. Thursday when he fired shots through the window of the Days Inn on Volunteer Parkway, striking the clerk.
Scott also appears to have, at some point, fired randomly at several vehicles driving on Volunteer Parkway before being confronted by officers from the Bristol Tennessee Police Department. During that exchange, the investigation shows Scott fired at the three responding officers, after which the officers returned fire, striking Scott, who was then taken to Bristol Regional Medical Center, he remains in serious, but stable, condition.
Jennifer Rooney was killed after being shot in her vehicle on Volunteer Parkway.
Other victims include Deborah Watts, the clerk at Days Inn, who is in serious, but stable condition at Bristol Regional Medical Center.
David Whitman Davis had minor injuries at the scene after being injured by flying glass from the gunfire.
Officer Matthew Cousins was wounded in the leg but has been treated and released from Bristol Regional Medical Center.

An officer was ambushed Friday morning in Georgia:

The GBI says that the suspect, identified as 22-year-old Stephen Paul Beck, called 911 on Friday morning to report a vehicle break-in and then ambushed and fired at the responding officer upon arrival.
A press release from GBI reads:
On Friday, July 08, 2016, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation was requested by the Valdosta Police Department to investigate an officer involved shooting incident that occurred at Three Oaks Apartments in Valdosta.
Preliminary information indicates that at approximately 7:54 AM, Valdosta Police Officer Randall Hancock was dispatched to the apartment complex regarding a vehicle break-in and damage to property call. The caller, identified as Stephen Paul Beck, age 22, reported that his car had been broken into and needed police to respond. At approximately 8:12 AM, Officer Hancock arrived at the apartment complex. Upon exiting his patrol car, Officer Hancock was fired upon, striking him at least twice in his protective vest and once beneath the vest in the abdomen area. Officer Hancock returned fire, striking the individual and stopping him from firing at him. The individual was unknown to Officer Hancock at the time of the encounter and it was later determined the individual was Beck, the 911 caller.
Officer Hancock was taken to an area hospital where he was treated and is in stable condition. Beck was also transported to an area hospital where he remains in serious condition.

Another officer was ambushed Friday in a St. Louis suburb:

A Ballwin Police officer was in critical condition after he was shot in the neck during a traffic stop late Friday morning, police said.
The male officer had stopped the car for speeding on northbound New Ballwin Road about 11 a.m., police said. As the officer went back to his car, the driver got out, “advanced quickly” and fired three shots at the officer, police said.
Said St. Louis County Police Chief Jon Belmar: “Make no mistake, we believe that Ballwin officer was ambushed.”
St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney Robert McCulloch agreed.
“It was clearly an ambush, an attack,” he said. “There was no confrontation, no argument, no nothing.”
He also said it appeared that one of the shots might have been fired after the officer fell.
The gunman fled north on New Ballwin Road and was captured in Manchester several miles northeast of the shooting scene, after jumping out of the car and running, police said.
A semi-automatic handgun was recovered, according to St. Louis County Police, who are handling the investigation.
The suspect, identified as Antonio Taylor, 31, of the 1200 block of Tower Grove Avenue in St. Louis, was charged with first-degree assault of a law enforcement officer, armed criminal action and unlawful possession of a weapon. Bail was set at $500,000.
Court documents said Taylor used a .22-caliber gun to shoot the officer. Authorities say he has a lengthy criminal history.

Meanwhile in Dallas, evidence suggests that the terrorist gunman Micah Johnson had been planning anti-police violence for some time:

The brazen attack in downtown Dallas that killed five police officers and injured nine other people was the act of a lone gunman, an Afghanistan veteran drawn to Black Power symbology and a determination to kill white people, authorities concluded Friday.
“This was a mobile shooter that has written manifestos on how to shoot and move. He did that. He did his damage. But we did our damage to him, as well,” Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings said after police carefully questioned and ruled out other potential suspects in the Thursday night rampage.
Investigators discovered bomb-making materials, rifles and a “personal journal of combat tactics” in the home of the black former Army reservist who struck during a demonstration against the shooting of two black men by white police officers in Minnesota and Louisiana.
Authorities identified the gunman as Micah Xavier Johnson, 25, a Dallas-area resident, a “loner” with no criminal history who “wanted to kill white people” and “especially white officers,” police said. . . .
Police detonated a bomb robot to kill Johnson after they cornered him in a garage early Friday morning — an unprecedented technique for American law enforcement, but one that troops have used in Iraq to attack targets with mines.
Before his death, Johnson “bantered” with police negotiators, a federal official said, adding that the suspect appeared to have been preparing for the assault, and did not appear nervous. At one point, the gunman had told officials, “The end is coming, and he’s going to hurt and kill more of us,” Dallas Police Chief David Brown said.
“This was a well-planned, well-thought-out, evil tragedy,” the police chief said.

Creating hatred against white people and against police has been the major accomplishing of Black Lives Matter since its inception in 2014, when the liberal media and activists promoted a false narrative surrounding the police shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, as Heather Mac Donald explains in her recent book The War on Cops: How the New Attack on Law and Order Makes Everyone Less Safe:

After Brown’s death, rioters torched and looted Ferguson businesses. . . .
In the months that followed, the lie that Brown had died in a racially motivated police execution was amplified by the media, college presidents, and the left-wing political class. The newly formed Black Lives Matter movement promoted the notion that black Americans were being hunted down and killed with impunity by renegade white police officers. . . .
Slandered in the media and targeted on the streets, officers reverted to a model of purely reactive policing . . . The inevitable result? Violent crime surged in city after city, as criminals began reasserting themselves — a phenomenon that I and others controversially described as the “Ferguson effect.”

The lies told about the death of Michael Brown were the evil spark that lit the fuse of an explosion of hatred and violence. Innocent people are suffering because cop-haters, race hustlers, cynical Democrat politicians and their henchmen in the liberal media will not tell the truth about crime in America.

It is very easy, in a nation of 320 million people, to find examples of bad things happening — whether it’s rape on college campuses or teachers having sex with students. Yet for many months now, I’ve watched CNN go into 24/7 wall-to-wall coverage mode about shooting incidents that make police seem racist — even though such incidents are actually quite rare. Jim Geraghty of National Review pointed out the actual numbers Thursday morning:

The Washington Post compiled a database of all police shootings in the country and found 990 people were shot dead by police in 2015. Of those, only 93 were unarmed; 38 were black and unarmed. Of the 505 people shot dead by police in 2016 so far, 37 were unarmed; 13 were black and unarmed.

While 990 people being killed by police in one year is a rather frightening number, however, (a) more than 90% of suspects shot were armed, and (b) this is a nation of 320 million people, so that getting shot by police is actually a tiny statistical fraction  — a very rare event. Meanwhile, in Chicago, criminals have shot more than 2,000 people this year, including more than 300 fatal shootings. More that 75% of the victims were black. Only 9 people have been shot by cops in Chicago this year, so the criminals are killing a lot more black people in Chicago than the police are, and this is true everywhere. However, the hate group Black Lives Matter isn’t interested in facts, they’re interested in creating more hatred.

Professor Donald Douglas at American Power writes:

Frankly, years ago I compared the contemporary American radical left to the Baader-Meinhof Group from the 1970s. Bob Schieffer was on CBS This Morning today, and he asked the $64,000 question: Was the Dallas suspect part of a larger organized movement? He may not have been, but I suspect that we’re likely to see an escalation of deliberate, organized violence to match the vicious calculation and brutality seen in Dallas last night.

The Baader-Meinhof Gang aka “Red Army Faction” was a Marxist group in Germany that more or less invented modern terrorism. That this kind of comparison is being made to the American Left tells you just how far downhill our nation has gone in recent years. It’s bad and getting worse. In Dallas, the cop-hating terrorist Micah Johnson killed Officer Patrick Zamarripam, who had survived three tours of Iraq.




 

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Comments

  • Jeanette Victoria ?????????

    You left out Ukraine

  • Daniel Freeman

    Wow, such harsh condemnation. I bet the next would-be cop killer is completely disheartened. /sarc

  • Daniel Freeman

    I try to err on the side of caution, and not puff up the reliability of my sources. So “guy that I trust but have never met in person, who says he heard this from cops that he does martial arts with” = “rumors.”

  • Titan000

    Mexico already have cartels assassinating media,politicians and policeman that don’t play ball. Coming up with a counter is mandatory to prevent a repeat of the disasters of Latin America.