SUPPORT THE POLICE WHO PROTECT US EVERY DAY!
By Max R. Weller
Read the article in the Wall Street Journal: Gunmen Targeted Police in Tennessee, Missouri and Georgia. Excerpt follows:
In a week of rising tensions following police shootings of black men in Louisiana and Minnesota, cops in Tennessee, Missouri and Georgia were targeted in a string of separate attacks against police, law-enforcement authorities said.
In Bristol, Tenn., a small city in the state’s northeast corner, a man who killed one woman and wounded three other people including a police officer early Thursday may have been motivated by recent incidents involving police and black people, Tennessee law enforcement authorities said Friday.
The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation named Lakeem Keon Scott, a 37-year-old black man, as the suspect behind the shootings. Mr. Scott opened fire along a Tennessee roadway, killing one woman, a driver identified as Jennifer Rooney, and wounding three others including the officer. All four victims were white, although authorities didn’t claim Mr. Scott specifically targeted white people.
Law-enforcement officials said Mr. Scott “may have targeted individuals and officers after being troubled by recent incidents involving African-Americans and law-enforcement officers in other parts of the country,” a reference to police shootings of black men in Louisiana and Minnesota earlier this week.
Police said he was armed with at least two weapons, including an “automatic-style rifle” and pistol, and a large amount of ammunition. Authorities believe he fired shots from a parking lot along the roadway, a spokesman for the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation said. Local police wounded Mr. Scott during a shootout, sending him to the hospital.
A Days Inn clerk who was shot through a window was in serious but stable condition at the same hospital Friday. Injuries to the two other Bristol-area shooting victims, including the officer, were less serious . . .
In Valdosta, Ga., authorities said a man called 911 early Friday to report a car break-in, then ambushed and shot the police officer who responded. The Georgia Bureau of Investigation identified the shooter as 22-year-old Stephen Paul Beck. The agency said he shot Police Officer Randall Hancock at least twice in his protective vest and once beneath the vest in the abdomen. The officer returned fire, striking the suspect.
The motive behind this shooting is unknown, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation said in a news release Friday. The police officer was in stable condition following the shooting, while the suspect was in serious condition . . .
A police officer in suburban St. Louis was shot in an ambush-style attack as he walked back to his patrol car during a routine traffic stop Friday morning, but police declined to link the case to the recent shooting in Dallas of five officers or the officer-involved deaths of two black men earlier in the week.
The officer had pulled over the car for speeding in the city of Ballwin, Mo., authorities said. The officer spoke with the driver and was returning to his car when the man suddenly jumped out of the car, rapidly approached the officer and fired three shots. The officer was struck at least once. Neighbors called 911, and the officer was in critical condition at a local hospital, said Kevin Scott, chief of the Ballwin department.
The driver of the car sped away but was eventually spotted by another officer several miles away and apprehended after a foot chase, Chief Scott said.
“We believe that that Ballwin officer was ambushed,” said Chief Jon Belmar of the St. Louis County Police Department, whose officers helped respond to the incident and are leading the investigation.
While referencing the events in Dallas, both officers declined to provide a motive for the shooting.
“I’m not going to try to get into his head,” Chief Belmar said. “I’m not going to give him a motive, but it’s safe to say it’s a very difficult time in law enforcement.”
New York Police Department Chief of Intelligence Thomas Galati said the department was investigating 17 threats against police that came in following the death of Alton Sterling, a black man killed by police in Baton Rouge, La., on Tuesday . . .
News reports of this wave of violence directed at police officers have not been given prominent display, and you had to be paying close attention to the issue to notice it.
Let me be clear, I don’t think that the BlackLivesMatter movement is directing these attacks against officers across America, but it certainly seems that unstable individuals are drawing inspiration from the anti-police tone of much that BlackLivesMatter supporters are saying and doing.
I’m confident that the vast majority of citizens from all walks of life do support the police in general, and at the same time recognize that the few bad actors behind the badge must be prosecuted when it’s called for by the evidence.
Rally in Washington, D.C. in December of 2014