This column by ACRU Senior Legal Analyst Jan LaRue was published November 1, 2014 on American Thinker.
President Obama and U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder have shown exactly what they think of police officers, based on their actions in two cases.
In one, they apparently presume that a Ferguson, MO police officer murdered a man who allegedly surrendered with his hands raised. In the other, which they have ignored, a cop-killer in Sacramento, CA. rightly presumed that police wouldn’t kill him if he surrendered.
A twice-deported illegal alien, Luis Enrique Monroy Bracamonte, 34, is charged with murdering Sacramento County Deputy Sheriff Danny Oliver and Placer County Homicide Detective Michael David Davis Jr on Oct. 24. During his six-hour shooting rampage and police chase, Bracamonte shot another Placer County deputy in his arm and shot a civilian in the head who resisted being car-jacked. Bracamonte surrendered after tear gas was fired into the house where he was hiding.
Neither President Obama nor Attorney General Holder has expressed a word of outrage over the murders nor expressed sympathy to the families. Oliver left a wife and two daughters. Davis is survived by a wife and four daughters.
Three days after the murders, Attorney General Holder overlooked the sacrifices of Oliver and Davis while reminding the conference of International Association of Police Chiefs on Oct. 27, that such “sacrifices” are “too often overlooked.” He remembered to remind attendees about “lingering tensions” in “Ferguson, Missouri.
The president and his attorney general have called for justice for Michael Brown, which presumes that Darren Wilson, a white Ferguson police officer, illegally shot Brown, a black man, to death even though Brown had allegedly raised his hands to surrender.
Who but race-baiters believe that a police officer with no record of using excessive force would murder someone in broad daylight in front of witnesses with cameras, and make up a defense easily refuted by forensic evidence?
President Obama sent three White House officials to Brown’s funeral. Both he and his attorney general have made numerous statements about the “tragedy” of Brown’s death.
Attorney General Holder flew to Ferguson “to make an on the ground assessment” after dispatching 40 FBI agents to investigate Wilson for violating Brown’s civil rights before a local investigation got off the ground.
While there, he played his favorite race card, saying:
“I am the Attorney General of the United States. But I am also a black man.”
What is the basis for Holder’s assumption that race had anything to do with the “split-second” decision Officer Wilson had to make when he was attacked by the 6’4, 289-pound Brown. There is none.
The attorney general is upset at media leaks, including Brown’s autopsy report, forensic evidence, and several black eyewitnesses who corroborate Officer Wilson’s testimony that he feared for his life. He wants the leakers to “shut up” because “they’re trying somehow to shape public opinion about this case.” How dare they assume his role?
Mr. Holder stood by his insult that America is a nation of cowards when it comes to race during an interview at the Aspen Institute on Wednesday. He also stated that the Ferguson Police Department needs “wholesale change,” even though the DOJ investigation isn’t complete.
Despite threats by community and outside agitators to riot again unless Officer Wilson is indicted, our president and attorney general have done nothing to dissuade threats of mob violence.
President Obama fueled the Ferguson fire on Sept. 29, telling the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation’s annual awards dinner that “the widespread mistrust of law enforcement… is having a corrosive effect on the nation, particularly on its children.”
The president has a history of expressing contempt for police. In 2009, he accused the Cambridge, Mass. Police Department of acting “stupidly” when a white officer, Sgt. James Crowley, arrested Obama’s friend, Henry Louis Gates Jr, a black Harvard professor.
In 2011, the first family showed blatant disrespect for police when they welcomed to the White House a rap poet who celebrates cop killers. Lonnie Rashid Lynn, Jr., known professionally as “Common,” performed a few days before thousands of police officers arrived in Washington for “National Police Week,” the annual memorial to honor fallen officers. See here.
Law enforcement had their fill when Obama nominated Debo Adegbile, former attorney for convicted cop-killer Mumia Abu-Jamal, to oversee the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division. The Democrat-controlled U.S. Senate rejected the nomination.
Back in California, adding insult to injury after releasing Bracamonte from custody four times, ICE wants custody of him again if he is released by California law enforcement. The Obama administration must be running out of illegal alien felons to set loose in the U.S after releasing thousands of them.
In light of the above, it isn’t hard to understand why two aunts of slain officer Michael Davis Jr. expressed to Sean Hannity of Fox News on Wednesday their outrage at his death at the hands of an illegal alien:
“Our entire family, we are so angry, it’s beyond words…. It has to stop…. There can’t be any more like this.”
Hannity asked what their reaction would be if Obama expressed his sympathy to them.
“I’m not even sure. I don’t even know if I could be kind. Because I think his words would fall on deaf ears. I just don’t think I can handle him saying he is sorry.”
Last Friday evening, Placer County Sheriff Bonner said:
“I think there’s those people who would say, ‘You know what, I wish you’d killed him [Bracamonte]. Now, that’s not who we are. We are not him. We did our job.”
Why haven’t we heard expressions of sorrow from our president and attorney general by now if they agreed?